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Yale Innovation Summit 2020

the future is NOW

The New Yale Science Building

260 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06511

Highlighting entrepreneurial Yale faculty and students and the investable innovations coming out of Yale labs

Watch Highlights from 2019
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Biotech Track

Commercializing ideas for drug discovery and biological therapeutics

Tech Track

Commercializing ideas from physical and computer sciences, engineering, software, and services

Connecticut Innovations

Connecticut's strategic venture capital arm and the leading source of financing and ongoing support for innovative, growing companies.

1000+ attendees
200+ Corporations
$2.0 Million+ in Investment Prizes
100+ Investment Opportunities
100+ Investment Firms

Keynote Speakers

Katie Rae
Katie Rae
CEO and Managing Partner
The Engine
Susan Hockfield
Susan Hockfield, PhD
President Emerita
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Registration, Breakfast & Networking

Opening Remarks & Morning Keynote

Morning Session

Pitch Contest

Lunch & ePoster Session

Afternoon Session One

Afternoon Session Two

Afternoon Keynote

Closing Remarks & Award Ceremony

Reception at Temple Plaza

Pitches & ePosters

pitch and posters content

The Yale Innovation Summit offers a premier opportunity to showcase your breakthrough technologies to a large number of interested investors and industry leaders, both through a prominent electronic poster display with interactive screens and through two live pitch events.

A brief application and a 5-minute (5-8 slide) PowerPoint deck is all you need to apply for either an electronic poster, the pitch contest, or both.

Application Deadline:

March 31st


for each track

Pitch Contest

(Pitch Prizes will be awarded to the winning ventures.)

First Place $10,000

Second Place $5,000

Third Place $2,500

E-Poster Session

(ePoster Prizes will be awarded to the individual applicants.)

Highest Potential Impact $500

Most Innovative Solution $500

Best Poster Presentation $500

additional prizes

Additionally ten $250 prizes will be awarded to ten ePoster’s noted as
Promising Future New Haven Ventures.

Who Can Apply

We are seeking applicants from Yale Faculty for both the electronic posters and pitch contest. Consideration may be extended to alumni or community startups based on availability, but strong preference will be given to the founders with a current Yale affiliation spinning a technology out of Yale; Additionally, specifically regarding the pitch contest, strong preference will be given to faculty who have not previously been on stage at the Innovation Summit. 

How To Apply

Submit your pitch deck and answer the application questions via the button below. 

Your pitch deck should be non-confidential in PowerPoint and able to be pitched in 5 minutes. This PowerPoint pitch deck will also serve as the electronic poster that will be on display at the event. .

Incorporate the following elements for the most effective presentation: 

  • elevator pitch/company story 
  • management team/scientific advisory board 
  • market problem/unmet needs/commercial opportunity 
  • description of technology 
  • validation/supporting data 
  • product pipeline 
  • risk and risk mitigation 
  • differentiation from competitors

Here are formatting requirements/tips so that your pitch deck will best display on the ePosterBoard. Check out the Biotech pitch session and the Tech pitch session from last year.


Apply Here


Deadlines & Timelines

March 31, 2020 Application Deadline
April 3, 2020 Pitch Semi-Finalists & E-Poster Selectees notified
April 7, 2020 Internal Pitchoff for Tech Pitch Semi-Finalists
April 8, 2020 Internal Pitchoff for Biotech Pitch Semi-Finalists
April 10, 2020 Pitch Finalists Notified
May 13, 2020 2020 Innovation Summit

The National Science Foundation (NSF)

Innovation programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) advance ideas from the lab to the marketplace to strengthen America’s economy, health, and security. The Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) in the Engineering Directorate leads several programs to translate fundamental research into market solutions. IIP supports researchers with promising technologies, as well as funding high-tech startups.  Learn more about the NSF’s central role in accelerating the growth of the national ecosystem and hear about specific funding opportunities from an NSF employee at the 2020 Yale Innovation Summit.

NSF Information for Investors & Faculty


Event Details

The Yale Innovation Summit will be held at The New Yale Science Building (YSB) 
260 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511


Thank you to all our 2020 Sponsors

Media Sponsors


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2019 Highlights

2019 Highlight Images

Annie Lamont and Moira Forbes opening conversation

Annie Lamont and Moira Forbes opened the event with an informative conversation

Governor Ned Lamont at YIS 2019

Governor Ned Lamont Supports New Haven as a Preeminent Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurism at the 2019 Yale Innovation Summit

YIS Networking Opportunities

Guests have several opportunities to network with over 1,000 Summit attendees, presenters, panelists and Keynotes

YIS 2019 Panel Discussion: Assets Platform in Value Creation

Panel Discussion on Breadth vs. Depth of Assets Platform in Value Creation

Promising Future New Haven Venture Winners 2019

Promising Future New Haven Venture Winners

2019 Blavatnik Winners

2019 Blavatnik Winners

2019 Pitch contest awards

2019 Pitch contest awards waiting to be presented.

YIS 2019 End of Day Party

The day ended with a lively reception where guests enjoyed cocktails and conversation

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