Start Something at Yale
with the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute

“Start Something” is a series of workshops where Yale students and faculty can learn the basic tools that entreprenuers use to launch new companies including:


  • Alena Gribskov

    Alena is Program Director at YEI, where she leads extracurricular programs to recruit, instruct, and support Yale entrepreneurs. These programs include YEI's flagship Summer Fellowship as well as the YEI Tech Bootcamp and Start Something programs, which she co–created. Alena is a former YEI fellow, graduate of Yale University, and founder of Blind Pig Media, a digital publisher.
  • Margaret Lee

    Margaret Lee is Venture Creation Program (VCP) Coordinator at YEI, overseeing the incubation of early-stage Yale startups throughout the academic year and during the summer. Additionally, she supports the Yale entrepreneurial community and event programming. Margaret holds a B.A. from Yale University, and during her time at Yale, was a marketing intern with YEI, ran an international Model U.N. conference, and spent summers working at startups in Denver and London.
  • David Cruz

    David is a co-founder of Trinity Mobile Networks and a recent Yale graduate. He has been involved with YEI through the Summer Fellowship in 2014 and the Tech Bootcamp in 2013. David is excited use his technical background to improve connectivity and security by creating a cost-effective mesh network through his own venture.
  • David McPeek

    David is a rising Junior at Yale, currently working as a web developer in digital marketing. He has been involved in YEI through the 2014 Tech Bootcamp and is fascinated by Lean Startup methodology for its extensibility to all areas of life.
  • Ellen Su

    Ellen Su is a co-founder of 109 Design, a medical device company, where she works on hardware, product design, graphic design, and UI/UX. She is a former CEID Design Fellow, and has experience in rapid prototyping and design thinking. As an undergraduate, Ellen co-founded the Yale chapter of Design for America and has been a CEID Design Fellow and YEI Fellow since then.
  • Jacob Sandry

    Jacob is a super-Junior in Yale College majoring in American Studies. While he has extensive experience with non-profits both in the U.S. and abroad, he has most recently focused on social enterprises and mission- driven ventures. He was a fellow at Mosaic, a solar energy crowd-investing venture in Oakland, CA where he developed a platform to enable communities to organize solar projects. Last summer, as a Yale Entrepreneurial Institute summer fellow, he co-founded SOL Hydration, an innovative organic sports drink company. With three delicious flavors, and more on the way, he hopes to hydrate you soon, naturally.
  • Levi DeLuke

    Levi DeLuke is a co-founder of 109 Design, a biomedical device company that was a member of the 2014 YEI Summer Fellowship. He graduated from Yale in 2014 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is interested in using technology to improve healthcare. Levi is excited to remain in New Haven to launch the company's first product, which aims to improve the treatment of scoliosis.
  • Olivia Pavco-Giaccia

    Olivia Pavco-Giaccia is junior at Yale University, majoring in cognitive science. Through YEI's 2013 Summer Fellowship, Olivia launched LabCandy, a social enterprise whose mission is to encourage young girls' interest in STEM. Soon to complete a successful Kickstarter campaign, Olivia is readying to bring to market LabCandy's brightly colored lab coats, kid-sized sparkly lab goggles, and science adventure storybooks.
  • Starling Childs

    Starling Childs is a recent graduate of the MEM program at the Forestry School. Prior to his graduate studies at Yale, Star spent several years working in the urban design and planning industry and holds a bachelors degree from Cornell University in Landscape Architecture. Star is currently working on a YEI based venture called Citiesense, which provides web-based economic development and planning tools for urban commercial real estate markets.

Upcoming Dates

  • 06Dec


    Start Something @ CBEY: Intensive

    2:30-6:30pm. Co-hosted with the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, this Start Something: Intensive is a special, day-long workshop on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, encompassing the topics covered in "Ideation," "Lean Startup" and "Minimum Viable Products." This workshop is for students who want a "crash course" in entrepreneurship! Space is limited and by application. Apply by Dec. 1 at 11:59pm.

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