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SAVE THE DATE: March 7, 2023 - amplifyHERscience is hosting our first in-person Innovators Ignite. 

During International Women’s Week this year, Yale Ventures’ amplifyHERscience will be hosting Innovators Ignite, a showcase that will feature 8-10 underrepresented founders/inventors from Yale and greater Connecticut.


  • Get a chance to pitch in front of a live audience
  • Receive feedback from expert panelists
  • Have at least one personal coaching session prior to March 7
  • Be invited to an exclusive networking opportunity

Innovators Ignite will be held in-person at Yale’s Greenberg Conference Center.


  • Founder or inventor who identifies as a woman or underrepresented minority
  • Technology was developed at Yale, a Connecticut university, OR company is headquartered in Connecticut
  • Stage-agnostic: Innovation can be at any stage to be considered

2022 RECAP



On March 31, 2022 from 11am - 1pm EST, Princeton University and Yale University are joining forces to host Innovators Ignite! The virtual event will feature PIs who are behind the top emerging technologies within their institutions. Each innovator will pitch their idea to an expert industry panel and audience. We have no doubt this will be an unparalleled learning experience for all involved. The Yale/Princeton Innovators Ignite is being co-hosted by Yale Ventures, Yale's amplifyHERscience, Princeton Office of Technology Licensing, and Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. The event is sponsored by Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds and Pabst Patent Group.

Interested in participating or attending? Details below!

This event is made possible in large part to Women in Bio-CT! Melisa Anton-Lopez, an amplifyHERscience team member, applied and was awarded the 2021 Women In Bio Inclusion Grant. The award was established to encourage and advance inclusion efforts in WIB’s chapter cities. The micro grant is intended to support to help ensure that all of WIB’s activities are a catalyst for fostering a diverse and inclusive environment and creating a dynamic and invaluable resource and allyship for the local community. See more here. Thank you, WIB-CT, and Melisa!


Innovators Ignite is a pitch event in which aspiring innovators from two academic institutions are brought together to present their concept or company live to a panel of industry experts. This next East Coast iteration of Innovators Ignite will bring together innovators from Yale and Princeton! The goal is to promote these innovators at both institutes while harvesting the power of both networks. Leading up to the event, organizers will pair the selected innovators with appropriate mentors who can advise innovators on their pitch content and presentation skills. This event is indication, stage, and modality agnostic, however we anticipate a focus on earlier stage technologies.  We hope to provide the platform, connections, and personalized mentorship needed to take ideas to the next inflection point to positively impact society. 

We strongly encourage participation from individuals who contribute to the Universities' diversity, broadly defined, including members of groups that have been historically, and are presently, underrepresented in entrepreneurship including women and minorities.


Laurel Dunn Lorenz, Ph.D.

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Lecturer at Princeton University

Anne Eichmann, PhD

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Ensign Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

Julie Goodwin, MD

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology); Fellowship Program Director

Kimberly Hieftje, PhD, MS

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics); Director, play4REAL Lab at Yale, Internal Medicine

Megan Leinenbach

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Undergraduate Researcher at Princeton University

Smita Krishnaswamy, PhD

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Associate Professor of Genetics and of Computer Science

Faye Rogers, PhD

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Associate Professor of Therapeutic Radiology; Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Therapeutic Radiology; Associate Director, Yale MD-PhD Program; Director, Yale BioMed Amgen Scholars Program

Xiaoxiao Shen

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Ph.D. Candidate at Princeton University

Prerit Terway

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PhD Student

Eric M. Balicky, Ph.D.

Principal, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Rachel Butler

PRESIDENT AND BOARD DIRECTOR, The Catalytic Impact Foundation

Marian Nakada, PhD

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Vice President Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JJDC)

Susan Sobolov, PhD

Founding Chairperson of the Connecticut chapter of Women in Bio (WIB-CT)

If you are interested in hearing about cutting-edge research taking place within Yale and Princeton, and supporting diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship, secure your spot now! There will be the opportunity for virtual networking, and we highly encourage audience participation. In fact, we will ask for your feedback live to help us recognize these promising innovators. All are welcome!