Upcoming events at the Yale School of Management

Exterior view of Evans Hall at Yale School of Management
(Photo credit: Chuck Choi)

Webinar: How does an idea become a startup?

A practical discussion on building a venture with Jennifer McFadden ’08, Yale SOM’s associate director of entrepreneurship, and Brad Hargreaves, founder of General Assembly and Common and a 2008 graduate of Yale College. They’ll talk about first steps after the idea, point aspiring founders to important resources, and introduce lean startup methodology. Bring questions and your own entrepreneurial experiences.

Watch on YouTube or Livestream. Submit your questions using the chat function. 

PeriodCon 2018

PeriodCon is a new conference that will focus on the business and policy of menstruation. The conference will bring together industry leaders, policy makers, product innovators, community advocates and practitioners to learn about and discuss common challenges and emerging innovations that address menstrual hygiene globally. PeriodCon envisions a future where everyone has the information, confidence, and ability to access safe, innovative solutions for menstruation. Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, menstrual equity advocate and author of Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity, will be the keynote speaker for the event.

Early-bird tickets are $20 for students (valid ID required at check-in) and $40 for professionals, available until Wednesday, Jan. 24. Regular ticket prices are $30 for students and $50 for professionals. 

Greater Yale Case Competition

In this multi-disciplinary event, teams of 4-6 students will compete for three cash prizes (first place receives $3,000) by presenting their solution to a dilemma faced by a familiar Yale and New Haven institution. The competition is a unique opportunity to network with students from other disciplines, learn about case competitions, or hone your case competition skills without leaving campus.

All undergraduate and graduate students currently attending Yale University are invited to participate. Each team must represent at least two different Yale schools, and a refundable $10 fee is required to reserve your team’s spot. Individual registrants are encouraged, and will be added to a team once registration closes. Registration for the event is here.

Yale Business of Legal Cannabis Conference

The objective of this one-day  event, the first-ever cannabis conference held at a U.S. business school, is to convene leaders from all sectors of society — private, government, and nonprofit — to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the burgeoning industry of legal cannabis.

Morning sessions will present conference attendees with a broad overview of the cannabis industry, while afternoon sessions will provide a deeper dive into specific topical areas, including diversity, women in cannabis, healthcare, private equity and venture capital, and branding and marketing. The diverse speaker lineup includes Jesce Horton, Emily Paxhia, Nancy Whiteman, Evan Eneman, Todd Mitchem, John Hudak, Alan Gertner, Tahira Rehmutallah, and Marvin Washington. Attending organizations include Privateer Holdings, Women Grow, The Hood Incubator, Viridian Capital, New Frontier Data, Province Brands, MedReleaf, The American Cannabinoid Clinics, and the Minority Cannabis Business Association.

Tickets are available for the full day or the morning session only, and prices from $55 (student, morning session only) to $145 (non-student, full day).

Yale Innovation Summit

This annual day-long event is tailored to Yale innovators, and encourages the sharing of new discoveries and technologies with market potential with the broader investment community.

The event features a Biotech and Tech Track, each with its own Innovator Pitch-off, as well as speakers, panels and an extensive electronic poster display. The Biotech Track is aimed at those interested in commercializing ideas for drug discovery and biological therapeutics. The Tech Track is aimed at those interested in commercializing ideas from the physical and computer sciences, engineering, software and services. 

In 2017, the event boasted 600 attendees and over 35 venture capital firms; more than $1.6M was awarded in grants and prizes.