Awarded each spring, the Sabin Prize supports innovative student and faculty ideas for a for-profit business that advances a more sustainable way of life. Past winners include an online social platform to expand the adoption of solar power and a software package for improving forest inventory data.

The competition provides participants with constructive feedback from experienced judges, opportunities to collaborate with faculty experts, and dedicated time to discuss ideas and strategy with top venture capitalists and leading industry professionals. Sabin winners also receive cash prizes totaling $25,000.

The program was created in 2008 with the generous support of the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation. It is managed by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment and seeks to:

  1. Stimulate applications of entrepreneurship and innovation to address issues of sustainability;
  2. Promote multi-disciplinary approaches to environmental/social problem solving;
  3. Generate ideas that are scalable, achievable, quantifiable, and financeable; and
  4. Educate about how entrepreneurs turn a concept into a successful reality.

Applications can be found on the "Get Involved" tab. 

Previous Workshop Schedule

Market Research:

Friday, January 23 from 12:00 p.m - 1:30 p.m.

Evans Hall, Isaacson Classroom 4210

Accounting and Financial Modeling:

Friday, January 30 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sage Hall, Bowers Auditorium

Business Writing and Presentations:

Friday, February 20 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Sage Hall, Classroom 24


People & Partners

Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize:


  • Sabin Prize Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 25 at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Sabin Prize Competition: Friday, April 17

Sabin Prize Application

The 2015 Sabin Prize Application has four (4) components:

  1. Sabin Prize Application: Standard Word Application.
  2. Sabin Prize Entry AgreementMandatory signed agreement form. 
  3. Business Model Canvas: Can be completed online at the following URL:
  4. Pitch Video. Please submit a YouTube or Vimeo link for your recorded 3-minute pitch. For more instructions on creating your pitch video, please visit our Sabin Prize Pitch Video Instructions and Sabin Prize Pitch Video Pointers.

Workshop Materials:

Market Research Workshop:

Market Research Workshop - PowerPoint

SOM Library Research Guide

Accounting and Financial Modeling Workshop Resources:

Workshop PowerPoint

1. Good Fish Summary Plus Exercises

2. Good Fish Summary with Answers

3. Answers to the Excel Sheet

4. The Good Fish Balance Sheet

5. The Good Fish Income Statement