Pitch & E-Poster Application

Introduction

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

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.  Please consider incorporating 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.

Who can apply

We are seeking applicants from our 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.

Applications are Due April 17th.

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Notification process

Pitch Contest:  Applicants will be notified by Friday, April 19th if they have been selected to advance as a semifinalist for the pitch contest.  An internal pitchoff will be held for Biotech semifinalists on April 24th and the Tech semifinalist April 25th at the Office of Cooperative Research (433 Temple St., New Haven) to select the pitch contest finalists for the summit.

Electronic Posters:  Applicants will be notified Friday, April 19th if they have been selected to have an electronic poster on display.

Prizes

Prizes of $10,000 for 1st place, $5,000 for 2nd place, and $2,500 for 3rd place will be awarded for each track to the winning ventures of the pitch contest.
Prizes of $500 will be awarded for Highest Potential Impact,  Most Innovative Solution, and Best Poster Presentation for each track to the individual applicant of the electronic poster.

Please reach out to Lori Schrager at lori.schrager@yale.edu if you have any questions.