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We are offering four opportunities for Yale graduate and professional school students to participate on multidisciplinary tech or biotech teams that provide strategy and leadership assistance for new ventures and/or other licensing opportunities in the area of business planning, financial modeling, strategy assistance, competitive assessments, market sizing, business model creation, and other similar areas. Those selected will receive unparalleled entrepreneurial experience and access to top-tier mentors in the industry.

* Each Fellowship is 4-5 Hours Per Week*

 

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Blavatnik Associates are graduate and professional school students at Yale chosen through a competitive application process who will help provide both technical and business insights around faculty innovations being considered for support by the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation. The Blavatnik Fund supports Yale faculty in the commercialization of applied research and technology in the life sciences. Working in close conjunction with OCR staff, entrepreneurs-in-residence and Blavatnik Fellows, Associates will work in small teams to help identify the most promising projects in healthcare.

Canaan-Yale Fellows are select graduate and professional school students at Yale who work in multidisciplinary teams to provide strategy and leadership around startups in Canaan Partner’s portfolio. Canaan Partners is a $4B global venture capital firm focused on seed and early-stage technology. Students are divided into two multidisciplinary teams to provide strategy and leadership around startups in Canaan’s portfolio. This opportunity is particularly geared to grad students in the biological sciences as well as medical school students with strong backgrounds in the life sciences. Students commit to: participating for one academic year for 40 hours per semester. Students receive: Education and direction for engagement from Canaan as they work with two projects in the fall and two in the spring, as well as a stipend. Students who complete the program will then have the opportunity to explore projects focused on select Yale research.

The Roberts Innovation Fund at Yale is a new initiative launched in 2022 to accelerate Yale’s School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS) engine of innovation. Thanks to a generous gift from Yale alumnus Will Roberts ’90, the Roberts Innovation Fund will provide funding, mentoring and business training to assist in the commercialization of breakthrough inventions that solve  real-world problems.  Just as importantly, faculty applicants will receive valuable feedback from the Fund’s director as well as from an external advisory board from industry, all of whom have invested in and/or built technology ventures.

Overseen by the Office of the Dean of SEAS in partnership with Yale Ventures, the Fund will focus on technologies that show promise towards having an impact within the domains of artificial intelligence, data science, machine learning, blockchain technology, trustworthy computing, computational modeling, and more.  

The Roles

We are seeking highly-motivated, thoughtful, collaborative individuals to be among the first Roberts Innovation Fund Associates in 2022.  Roberts Innovation Fund Associates will have an opportunity to work directly with the Yale Ventures team as we source, screen, select, and support faculty and their innovations on the path to commercialization or greatest impact.

Role 1:  Roberts Innovation Fund Venture Associate

The Roberts Fund  Venture Associate will be well-versed on emerging trends and technologies in the venture capital industry, and have a keen interest in, or background in computer science related endeavors.  You will gain first-hand exposure to the process of sourcing, screening, and building a case to ultimately invest in a company.

In this role, you will:

  • Help to review applications, draft project briefs, and create investor memos to be shared with Yale Ventures Leadership and the Roberts Innovation Fund Advisory Board.
  • Conduct market research on the competitive landscape and identify trends in the specific area of invention.
  • Create investor pipelines of funds most likely to be interested in each awardee.
  • Develop financial projections that support a case for investment.
  • Be available to meet with the Fund’s Director on a weekly basis.

Role 2:  Roberts Innovation Fund Marketing/Design Associate

The Roberts Innovation Fund Marketing/Design Associate will be well-versed on emerging trends and technologies in the venture capital industry, and have a keen interest in, or background in computer science related endeavors.  You will gain first-hand exposure to the process of sourcing, screening, and building a case to ultimately invest in a company.  As the Marketing/Design Associate you will also have the opportunity to create an immediate impact for viable applicants and awardees by crafting materials that support the growth of each project, leveraging your solid communication, marketing and design skills.

In this role, you will:

  • Be involved in the application review process
  • Create well-designed materials that help showcase the potential of each viable proposal and awardee submission, including powerpoint pitch decks, company briefs and  investment memos.
  • Create materials in support of awarded projects such as preliminary website pages, marketing materials and more.
  • Be available to meet with the Fund’s Director on a weekly basis.

Role 3:  Roberts Fund Business Development Associate.

The Roberts Fund Business Development Associate will be well-versed on emerging trends and technologies in the venture capital industry, and have a keen interest in, or background in computer science related endeavors.  You will gain first-hand exposure to the process of sourcing, screening, and building a case to ultimately invest in a company.  As the Business Development Associate for the Roberts Innovation Fund, you have a unique opportunity to help faculty innovations expand into viable commercial opportunities.

In this role, you will:

  • Help to source and recruit applications to the program.
  • Gain deep insight into the application review and selection process.
  • Conduct market research, and begin customer discovery
  • Research the larger landscape with an eye towards potential partnerships and other synergistic activities
  • Be available to meet with the Fund’s Director on a weekly basis.

Yale Venture Lab is a new initiative launched by Yale Ventures in 2022 to accelerate Yale faculty ventures which have already established proof-of-concept. Working across six major themes (Therapeutics, Medtech, Digital Healthcare, Data Science, High Tech, and Climate Tech), individual innovators will meet with small teams of experts (Yale EIRs) drawn from industry and the investment world to refine their development tasks, better understand the business landscape, and think critically about products and indications.

Every session is a carefully orchestrated workshop moderated by Yale Ventures directors to support important laboratory research. Every session is also staffed by a Yale MBA, PhD or MD student with an appropriate background to document the session, capture the experts’ recommendations for major objectives, and support the faculty innovator in post-session market research. Candidates seeking to become Venture Lab Fellows must be extremely organized, possess excellent communication skills, and capable of interacting with a wide range of domain experts.

Role: Venture Lab Fellow

The Venture Lab Fellow will be well-versed on emerging trends and technologies in the venture capital industry, and have a keen interest in, or background in computer science related endeavors. You will gain first-hand exposure to the process of sourcing, screening, and building a case to ultimately invest in a company. As the Business Development Associate for the Roberts Innovation Fund, you have a unique opportunity to help faculty innovations expand into viable commercial opportunities.

In this role, you will:

● Be available to participate in one 90-min long Venture Lab (typically held during business hours) at least every other week throughout the academic year.

● Support the Yale Venture directors in creating meeting materials and agendas

● Capture all major discussion points between faculty innovators and invited EIRs

● Join in the closing discussion between all participants to capture the going forward major objective

● Support the faculty member by performing relevant market research and other desk research as may be appropriate following the session