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Our mission is to inspire students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to seek innovative ways to solve real-world problems. We serve students from across Yale’s campus through programs, funding, and mentoring: whether you have a big idea you’re ready to build on or just want to explore the tools of innovation, we can help you get there.

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Design Thinking

Design thinking empowers individuals from all educational backgrounds to begin to see themselves as designers and problem solvers. At Design Thinking‘s core are the principles of Human-Centered Design, which focuses on identifying products, services, and strategies worth creating by uncovering and understanding the true needs of individuals.

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Yale Pitch Slam

Share your ideas — regardless of how fleshed out, feasible, or funky they are — in a risk-free space.

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Student Innovators: Ben Christensen, Cambium Carbon

Ben Christensen (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies ’20) is working on a complex problem: the venture he leads, Cambium Carbon, aims to combat climate change and revitalize communities by reimagining the urban tree lifecycle. In this video, he shares on how Tsai CITY has helped him build on his idea.

Grantas Cosmetics

Grantas Cosmetics

Grantas plans to make cosmetics with natural ingredients in 100% biodegradable packaging.


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“One of my mentors dared me to think bigger; I kept my plan small because I did not think that I could raise enough money to start my company, but I have learned now that my project can work best on a larger scale.”

-student program participant

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Funding recipients include event organizers, musicians, artists, researchers, club leaders, startup founders, and more from across Yale’s campus.

Tsai CITY’s core funds offer grants of up to $3000 to help students realize ideas of all kinds.

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