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2015 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize

The Sabin Prize supports student and faculty efforts to start a sustainable for-profit business through cash prizes totaling $25,000. The competition provides feedback from professional judges, extensive mentoring from faculty, and opportunities for participants to meet and pitch their ideas to venture capitalists and industry leaders. Presented by the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale. 

See photos and read an account of the day here.

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Find more information about the 2015 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize below:

Meet the 2015 Finalists:


We want to enable farmers to reduce fertilizer usage and prevent catastrophic loss of their crop due to blight.  To that end, we present an autonomous unmanned aerial system that is capable of surveying their fields with a multispectral imaging system and presenting them with actionable information. 


homE provides security during power outages by keeping essential appliances running. homE is a battery backup system that is cleaner and smarter than a diesel generator. Riding the rising tide of distributed energy storage and generation, homE will make electricity cheaper for ratepayers, and hasten renewables’ proliferation onto the grid.  

Poda Foods

Poda Foods will sell food-grade cricket protein to food manufacturers for use in cricket-based food products. The Company will offer 100 percent organic, gluten-free cricket protein for wholesale to corporate manufacturers. Poda will raise and process crickets in facilities in Portland, Oregon. 

Tuckerman & Co

Tuckerman & Co is a brand of high-quality professional clothing made with a reduced environmental impact. Tuckerman’s first product is an organic cotton dress shirt, which saves nearly three-quarters of a pound of pesticides from being used in the production process. Mission---driven by both inclination and design, Tuckerman is the first ever Benefit Corporation out of Yale.  With over  $35,000 in initial sales, Tuckerman is poised to scale.


Meet the judges:

Andrew Sabin, President, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation

Ralph Earle III (MPPM '84), Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group

Rosemary Ripley (BA ’76, MBA ’80), Managing Director, NGEN Partners

Dylan Simonds (MBA/MEM '00), Private Investor

Peter Boyd, Senior Advisor & Climate Lead, B Team and Founder, Time4Good


Evans Hall
165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT
4th floor (rooms 4410 & 4420)

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.         Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.         Welcome and Opening Keynote, Peter Boyd, Senior Advisor & Climate Lead, B Team and Founder, Time4Good

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.       Finalist Presentation 1: Grovio

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.       Finalist Presentation 2: homE

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.       Break – Raffle Drawing #1

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.       Finalist Presentation 3: Poda Foods

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.       Finalist Presentation 4: Tuckerman & Co

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.       Raffle Drawing # 2 - Lunch Buffett / Audience Vote

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.         Lunchtime Keynote – Will Haughey, CEO & Founder, Tegu

1:30 p.m.                                 Raffle Drawing # 3

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.           Prize and Awards Announcement

Entrepreneurship Across Yale

The Sabin Prize is the inspiration for a cross-campus event celebrating entrepreneurship at Yale.  We are proud to be a part of Entrepreneurship Across Yale - two days of pitches, prizes and world-changing ideas!


Andrew Sabin

President at Andrew Sabin Family Foundation

Dylan Simonds

Private Investor
MBA 2000
Master of Environmental Management 2000

Ralph Earle III

Managing Director at Clean Energy Venture Group
MPPM 1984

Rosemary Ripley

Managing Director at NGEN Partners
B.A. 1976
MBA 1984

Carley Wigod Hume

Strategy Project Manager at New York Power Authority
Master of Environmental Management 2015

Michael Meehan

Founder at Acre Policy
Master of Environmental Management 2016

Will Haughey

Co-founder, Chairman and "Chief Blockhead” at Tegu