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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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The Investing in Innovation Intensive is a hands-on, project-based workshop series where students learn how to invest in innovative, early-stage ventures.

The Investing in Innovation Intensive is a cohort-based program that will gather 12-15 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from across the University. They will participate in a program spanning the fall and spring terms.

Who this program is for: 

  • Students enrolled in Yale College or any of Yale’s graduate & professional schools.
  • Students who want to gain hands-on experience in venture capital.
  • Students who can commit to a program that spans the fall and spring terms.

The core program components include:

  • Online lessons on venture capital fundamentals;
  • Weekly in-person sessions featuring trainings, guest speaker conversations, and occasional student presentations;
  • Real-life projects sourced from US VC firms that have partnered with Tsai CITY; and
  • Opportunities to advise, mentor, and invest in ventures founded by Yale students.

By completing the intensive, students will:

  • Develop marketable skills such as constructing and pitching an investment thesis, writing a persuasive investment memo, and advising entrepreneurs.
  • Create a portfolio of project-based work they can use to demonstrate their knowledge of venture capital and communicate their investing lens.
  • Learn from seasoned investors who will participate as occasional guest speakers.
  • Receive mentorship from VC partners and Tsai CITY staff.

*The application process for the Investing in Innovation intensive has ended. Subscribe to our newsletter for more updates about this and other programs/events happening at Tsai CITY.