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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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Startup Yale Stories: Marina Marmolejo

In this video, former Startup Yale finalist Marina Marmolejo, founder of DreamKit, shares her journey, from launching an app as a non-technical founder to advice for continuing to build a venture after graduation.

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Startup Yale Stories: Markea Dickinson & Betty Tang

In this video, former Startup Yale finalists Markea Dickinson, co-founder of Thermaband, and Betty Tang, co-founder of Upright, share their entrepreneurial journeys: where their ideas first came from, how they've connected with Yale resources, and what they've learned while growing their startups in a challenging year.

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Kelewele is a cultural lifestyle brand reimagining plantains in its commitment to connect the African diaspora through food, culture and innovation.


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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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