Launch strives to identify novel and efficient solutions to both existing and future challenges and launch successful enterprises from these solutions.
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 two to three 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.
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.
In December, every member in the club pitched a business proposal to the other Launch 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 choose two ideas to pursue during the spring semester.
Launch's startups have had tremendous success bringing products to market and raising nearly a million dollars of funding along the way.
FellowshiPs & Incubators
One of Launch's start-ups, EZ ICE, Inc., recently won the prestigious $15,000 YEI Summer Fellowship, raised $250k, and sold out of $120k of inventory in 19 days in its first year. It was the first company in Yale's history to win both the YEI Summer Fellowship and the CEID Summer Fellowship.
Another of Launch's start-ups, Verb Energy, sold out of 10,000 caffeinated energy bars in its first 30 days on college campuses. Verb has raised funding from prestigious VC firms and is poised to disrupt the energy market.