Program

Sustainable Entrepreneurship Consultancy

Teams of graduate students work as sustainability consultants for start-ups runs by their peers.

Overview

Now in its third iteration, the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Consultancy (formerly Social Entrepreneurship Consultancy) occupies a unique niche in Yale’s entrepreneurial landscape. The consultancy brings together teams of graduate student consultants to spend the Spring semester collaborating with a student entrepreneur to tackle a sustainability challenge.

SEC gives entrepreneurs access to a dedicated team of skilled individuals who are passionate about solving sustainability problems. Through SEC, entrepreneurs can step outside of the day-to-day management of their ventures to tackle complex problems critical to their ventures’ future success. SEC allows student entrepreneurs an opportunity to harness the knowledge of fellow students to validate the feasibility of their venture and determine a clear direction and path forward in their pursuit.

On the consulting side, SEC provides consultants with hands-on experience working to support and advise an environmental startup. Through SEC, students learn frameworks to successfully navigate the client-consultant relationship and have the unique opportunity to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to complex business problems in a team setting.

Independent project work will be supported and supplemented throughout the course of the semester by brief interactive classroom sessions, a breadth of external speaker events, and regular consultations with experienced advisors.

The consultancy is available for academic credit as an independent study and involves a brief curriculum followed by independent group work. Students from all graduate programs are welcome to apply.

Logistics

The Consultancy will meet periodically throughout the semester on Mondays from 5:30-7pm in  Evans Hall, 4220

Info Sessions & Applications

We are currently seeking consultants for Spring 2019.

Apply here - deadline is 11:59 p.m. on  Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Emily Auerbach (emily.auerbach@yale.edu) or Emma Broderick (emma.broderick@yale.edu)

2019 Ventures

Client project pitch decks are available here.

Frut Cup is making a menstrual cup that is more convenient to use: a cup with best-in-class design, combined with compelling online content to simplify insertion/removal. The content component of the business will be the platform for creating a community of core users who are dedicated to our brand. They plan to subsequently create a sustainable applicator and a mechanized cleaning pod. They believe that the long-lasting products currently on the market do not have the requisite customer engagement and product quality that will help women rapidly migrate to the menstrual cup.

Beyond Dumplings is creating a prepared food product: Asian-style dumplings filled with plant-based (fake) pork. The intention is to help reduce meat consumption (an all of its associated environment and health impacts) by providing a tasty, affordable, convenient alternative.

Hand Me Up is a children’s secondhand marketplace that scales informal exchange networks like hand-me-owns. They sell through an online store, subscription boxes, pop-up events, and physical shops. By making secondhand shopping convenient and fun, they help parents save time and money, reduce textile waste, and shift mindsets around consumption.

Raise Green is a financial technology company launching a crowdfunding platform for non-accredited investors to invest in projects that deliver climate solutions while receiving dividends and tax benefits. It is a two sided market that works with commmunity leaders to create the climate projects. Their MVP is crowd-sourced project finance to aggregate small investments, originated from the community and by the community, to fund community solar arrays.

Symbrosia is an aquaponics company looking to grow algae and shrimp in a recirculating system. The algae and shrimp are grown in symbiosis: the nutrient-rich wastewater from the shrimp filters into the algae tank where it provides nutrients crucial for algae growth. In turn, as the algae uses these nutrients it essentially cleans the water, which is then filtered back to the shrimp tank and the cycle continues. This production process is environmentally-friendly and socially-equitable. Furthermore, the algae they are looking to grow is capable of reducing methane emissions from cattle when it is partially substituted for traditional cattle feed.

People & Partners