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Startup Yale Prizes

Startup Yale brings together Yale's biggest entrepreneurship awards in three days packed with pitches, prizes, and world-changing ideas.  Students join community leaders, investors, and practitioners to reimagine the future. Grounded in inclusivity and impact, Startup Yale is a crossroads for a new kind of innovation ecosystem. This year, we handed out over $160,000 in cash prizes!

Tsai CITY managed five prizes. Click on the name of each prize to learn more:

Black Venture Summit Prize

The Black Venture Summit Grand Prize awards $20,000 of non-dilutive capital to an early-stage startup whose venture addresses a pressing need in Black communities and whose founders or co-founder(s) identify as Black or African American. 

Manolo Sanchez Prize

The Manolo Sanchez Prize awards $25,000 to a for-profit or non-profit startup with the potential to help improve the financial health of the financially underserved.

Miller Prize

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

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.

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).

Click here to learn about all of the Startup Yale 2023 prizes.


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