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Programs

Tsai CITY programs offer diverse entry points to innovation and entrepreneurship, from drop-in sessions to multi-week, application-only programs. 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. 

Get inspired with talks from leading innovators, community events like pitch slams and fail nights, and other low-stakes opportunities to connect. Learn a new skill in a workshop, or take a deep dive into a specific topic in a semester-long intensive. Build on an idea — whether it's a concept for a venture, nonprofit, or some other innovative project — in our venture development sequence of programs, from the Tsai CITY Launch Pad to our Accelerator and Summer Fellowship. Take a look at our current lineup of programs.

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Academic Research Commercialization (ARC) Program

The ARC Program is a project-based workshop series that teaches students how different university stakeholders, such as faculty and technology transfer professionals, commercialize scientific discoveries that are made in university laboratories.

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Accelerator

Advance your venture: Tsai CITY’s Accelerator, which runs every fall and spring semester, guides students and teams with innovative ideas through the process of building effective organizations, projects, and ventures through workshops, mentorship, and funding.

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  • Civic Innovator Civic Innovator
  • Creative Creative
  • Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
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Advanced Founders Program

In the Advanced Founders Program at Tsai CITY, founders will have the chance to interact with a community of peers and mentors to gain valuable insight into growing their established ventures and developing as leaders.

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  • Civic Innovator Civic Innovator
  • Creative Creative
  • Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
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Community Building Events

Throughout the year, we offer one-off events to inspire new ideas and spark connections. These events invite our student community to gather in supportive, low-stakes settings.

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  • Civic Innovator Civic Innovator
  • Creative Creative
  • Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
  • Explorer Explorer
  • Intrapreneur Intrapreneur
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Innovator's Toolkit Workshops

The Innovator’s Toolkit is a series of free workshops focused on key skills for innovation.

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  • Civic Innovator Civic Innovator
  • Creative Creative
  • Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
  • Explorer Explorer
  • Intrapreneur Intrapreneur
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Intensive: Climate Innovation

The Climate Innovation Intensive offers Yale students the opportunity to broaden the scope of their entrepreneurship and innovation within climate technologies through a cohort-based program.

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  • Civic Innovator Civic Innovator
  • Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
  • Explorer Explorer
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Intensive: Investing in Innovation

The Investing in Innovation intensive introduces participants to the mindsets, frameworks, and practices that investors use to partner with high-potential innovative early-stage ventures.

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  • Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
  • Explorer Explorer
  • Intrapreneur Intrapreneur
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Intensive: Joiners: Skills for a Startup Career

The Joiner's Intensive prepares students for startup careers, offering hands-on experience, networking, and professional development opportunities. Apply to gain skills, connections, and potential funding.

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  • Civic Innovator Civic Innovator
  • Creative Creative
  • Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
  • Explorer Explorer
  • Intrapreneur Intrapreneur
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Intensive: Product Development & Innovation

The Product Development & Innovation Intensive, a partnership with L’Oréal, CEID, the Greenberg Engineering Teaching Concourse, and Tsai CITY, gives students an insider look at what it means to innovate and develop consumer goods within large organizations. 

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Launch Pad

Test and launch your venture: the Tsai CITY Launch Pad guides students and teams with innovative ideas through the process of developing their idea and preparing to prototype through self-paced content, coaching, and community building. 

Pathways
  • Civic Innovator Civic Innovator
  • Creative Creative
  • Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
  • Explorer Explorer
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Pathways in Innovation

Join Tsai CITY as we explore innovation at Yale, through a series of interviews with student innovators.

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  • Civic Innovator Civic Innovator
  • Creative Creative
  • Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
  • Explorer Explorer
  • Intrapreneur Intrapreneur
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Planetary Innovator Speaker Series

The Planetary Innovator Speaker series highlights people who are innovators in the broadest possible sense of the word: from entrepreneurs to researchers to activists to investors.

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  • Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
  • Explorer Explorer
  • Intrapreneur Intrapreneur
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Summer Fellowship

Amplify your venture: The Tsai CITY Summer Fellowship is a multi-week, full-time accelerator to incubate new companies, nonprofits, and initiatives. The fellowship includes $15,000 for each team, along with a rigorous sequence of workshops, sprints, mentorship, coaching, and pitch opportunities.

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  • Civic Innovator Civic Innovator
  • Creative Creative
  • Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
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Venture Keynote Speakers Series

This series brings speakers from all around to share their insights, struggles, challenges, and lessons learned with current and future entrepreneurs, innovators, and creatives.

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  • Civic Innovator Civic Innovator
  • Creative Creative
  • Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
  • Explorer Explorer
  • Intrapreneur Intrapreneur
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Yale INSPIRE Series

Tsai CITY, in collaboration with the Yale Entrepreneurial Society, organizes a monthly speaker series featuring esteemed founders and entrepreneurs from diverse industries and backgrounds.

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  • Civic Innovator Civic Innovator
  • Creative Creative
  • Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
  • Explorer Explorer
  • Intrapreneur Intrapreneur
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Yale LAUNCH

LAUNCH is a Camp Yale Program focused on empowering incoming students to leave a remarkable footprint in the world through entrepreneurship.