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Startup Yale FAQs

Planning to apply for prizes? Hoping to attend this year's virtual events? Read FAQs below.


FAQs for student teams

How do I apply?

We use a streamlined application process with a single application for all major prizes. Applications for all prizes closed at 11:59pm on March 21, 2021. 

Can I apply to more than one prize?

Yes. In the application form, you can select which prizes you would like to be considered for.

Am I eligible?

With the exception of the New Haven Civic Innovation Prize, a team applying for any prize must include at least one current, degree-seeking Yale student. To be eligible for the Rothberg Catalyzer Prize @ Yale, a team must include at least one full-time current Yale undergraduate student.

Who are the judges?

There are different judging panels for each prize. Each judging panel is made up of experts in the relevant field, including industry experts, academics, entrepreneurs, and investors. 

Does my venture have to be a for-profit or a non-profit?

Startup Yale prizes are open to both for-profit and non-profit ventures.

Please note: it is NOT required for teams to be incorporated before competing for Yale Prizes. 

At what stage should my idea be?

Your idea can be any stage. The judges want to see that the prize money will be catalytic. However, the judges will look favorably on teams who can show that they have spoken to customers/users/beneficiaries, or who have a prototype of their product or service. In the past, we have seen teams win prizes who have been working on their idea for as little as three months, or as long as several years.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

For general questions about Startup Yale or the application process, contact We also recommend watching the recorded info session below!

FAQs for event attendees

When is Startup Yale 2021 happening?

Startup Yale 2021 is happening April 29-May 1. Look out soon for full schedule and registration details!

Who can attend Startup Yale?

Anyone! Startup Yale is free and open to the public. The event gathers a vibrant community of students, community members, industry practitioners, investors, and other innovators and leaders from all fields.

I can’t make it for the entire span of Startup Yale. Can I still attend?

Yes! We know not everyone has two full days open, so you’re welcome to take an a-la-carte approach to Startup Yale.

How can my company or organization support Startup Yale?

Corporate partners play a key role in making Startup Yale possible, and we’re eager to build our community of innovators. Please contact Abigail Winslow at to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and how our menu of sponsor benefits can best serve your organization.