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Yale's biggest entrepreneurship awards — and so much more.

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Yale's biggest entrepreneurship awards — and so much more.

Startup Yale brings together Yale’s biggest entrepreneurship awards in three days packed with pitches, prizes, and world-changing ideas. This year, Startup Yale will be held virtually: tune in from anywhere to hear Yale student innovators pitch their big ideas.

Startup Yale 2021 kicks off on April 29 with a keynote from Porter Braswell, CEO and co-founder of Jopwell. From there, Yale student innovators will step into the spotlight, in a total of seven live prize pitch-offs. All told, they'll be pitching for roughly $125K in funding for big ideas in health, sustainability, equality, tech, and more. Join these live, online pitch-offs to hear from emerging innovators and connect with our community: all virtual events are free and open to the public.

Learn more about Startup Yale, from prize details to past winners, here. Explore the schedule below.

Wednesday, April 28 (pre-event)

Want to kick things off early? Join Tsai CITY for its spring 2021 Accelerator Pitch Off and hear from 15 inspiring ventures!

Thursday, April 29

12pm-1pm: Keynote: Porter Braswell

Porter Braswell is the CEO and co-founder of Jopwell, an HR tech platform that helps diverse students and professionals unlock opportunities for career advancement.

Under Porter’s leadership, Jopwell has formed partnerships with more than 300 of America’s leading companies and has facilitated tens of thousands of connections between the Jopwell community members and its clients. In 2017 alone, the company was recognized as Entrepreneur Magazine's "100 Most Brilliant Ideas," Fast Company's "World's Most Innovative Companies," and Business Insider's "One of The Hottest NYC Companies to Watch."

Porter's professional awards and recognitions include Inc. Magazine's 2016 "30 Under 30," Fast Company's 2017 "100 Most Creative People In Business," Vanity Fair's 2018 "Future Innovators Index," and many more. In early 2019, Porter released his book entitled, "Let Them See You - The Guide for Leveraging Your Diversity at Work" published by Penguin Random House. In late 2020, Porter joined forces with Harvard Business Review to launch a new podcast called "Race at Work with Porter Braswell."

Porter graduated from Yale, where he was a four-year member of the men's varsity basketball team, in 2011.

4:30pm-6:30pm: New Haven Civic Innovation Prize

The New Haven Civic Innovation Prize awards up to $10,000 to the best student- or community-led venture or project focused on benefiting the City of New Haven. The Prize aims to catalyze student- and community-led innovations that address, and are informed by, community priorities.

Friday, April 30

9:30am-11:30am: Rita Wilson Prize Fund in Support of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Rita Wilson Prize Fund in Support of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a $10,000 cash prize awarded by InnovateHealth Yale to the best student-led venture focused on creating a technological solution to address a health disparity in the United States.

12pm-2pm: Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Public Health or Education

This $25,000 cash prize is awarded by InnovateHealth Yale to the best student-led venture focused on social innovation in health or education.

2:30pm-4:30pm: Miller Prize

The Miller Prize awards a $25,000 cash prize to a promising student-led venture working on innovative tech or tech-enabled solutions.

Saturday, May 1

9:30am-11:30am: Rothberg Catalyzer Prize @ Yale

The Rothberg Catalyzer Prize awards $15,000 to the best student-led venture focused on developing an innovative hardware or AI solution to a medical challenge.

12pm-2pm: Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize

The Sabin Prize, managed by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, awards $25,000 to a promising student business venture that advances environmental sustainability.

2:30pm-4:30pm: Yale Innovators' Prize

The Yale Innovators’ Prize is a $15,000 cash prize awarded to the for-profit or non-profit startup that has the potential to produce the greatest impact (financially, socially, or otherwise). The Yale Innovators’ Prize is open to any project, campaign, solution, venture, or non-profit led by a current Yale student(s).

4:45pm: Winners Celebration

All virtual events are free and open to the public. When you register, please select all of the virtual events you are planning to attend.

Thank you so much to the sponsors who help make Startup Yale possible:

Startup Yale is powered by the Yale Entrepreneurship Collaborative.

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