Envision. Collaborate. Launch.

 

Launch strives to identify novel and efficient solutions to both existing and future challenges and launch successful enterprises from these solutions.

 

EVENTS

Weekly Meetings

By collaborating with a group of Yale's brightest students, our goal is to cultivate our ideas with a problem-solving mindset and turn the best of these ideas into startups. We have a group of approximately one dozen members with an incredible amalgam of skills and unique perspectives. Membership is selective, but we encourage students from all disciplines to apply for an interview.

"Launch Talks"

Interspersed between weekly club meetings, we hold a speaker series during which notable innovators and educators speak to the club about their experience in entrepreneurship.  Some notable speakers include Drew Ruben '11 (founder of Blue State Coffee),  Jonathan Feinstein (professor at SOM), and World Fellow Pablo Bereciartua.

Pitch Day

In December, every member in the club pitched a business proposal to the other members and a panel of mentors from the Yale School of Management (SOM) and Center for Engineering, Innovation and Design (CEID). Based on a popular vote, we chose two ideas to pursue during the spring semester.

ACHIEVEMENTS

start-ups

This winter, our club split in half and is currently in the process of launching two ventures.  Both of these start-ups won $1,000 grants as part of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute's (YEI) Venture Creation Program.  

YEI Fellowship

One of Launch's start-ups, EZ ICE, Inc., recently won the prestigious $15,000 YEI Summer Fellowship.  The team is located in New Haven for the summer and launching from the YEI incubator.

CEID FELLOWSHIP

This Launch start-up was also recently awarded the prestigious CEID Summer Fellowship.  This is the first venture in Yale's history to win both the YEI and CEID Fellowships during the same summer.

Hult Prize

Launch was accepted to present its social venture start-up, Bikes 'N Trikes, as one of 63 teams (out of 25,000 applicants) in San Francisco in March, 2016 for $1,000,000 at the Hult Prize.  The team previously earned first runner-up at Yale’s Hult Prize Competition.

Total Funding

To date, Launch's ventures have been awarded $299,500 in grants, prizes and investment.  If you wish to learn more about supporting Launch or investing in its individual ventures, please click here.