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Entrepreneurship & Innovation

With these programs, CBEY provides a platform for generating, incubating and launching innovative action at the intersection of business and the environment. 


Open workshops and events

Designed to build skills and inspire innovative thinking, we host various programs that are open to all.

Cohort-based programs

When you are ready to dig a little deeper, we offer longer-term, cohort-based opportunities that complement Yale’s curriculum.

Sustainable Skills Workshop

Grants and Prizes

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We offer financial support to initiatives that aim to advance practical, business-led solutions to critical environmental challenges.

Grants and Prizes Pipeline
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Climate Innovation Grants

This seed grant represents a key focus area within CBEY: Climate Change Innovation. Entrepreneurs and innovators have an increasingly critical role in helping to slow down, and maybe even reverse, the effects of climate change. This seed funding program is an important step in unlocking this potential and fulfilling Yale’s commitment to building a more sustainable world.

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Sobotka Seed Prize for Sustainable Ventures

Innovate with a purpose. Start a venture that addresses the needs of both the market and the planet. The goal of this funding is to support students in creating competitive commercial enterprises that market viable products, services, and projects with environmental benefits to society.

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Sustainable Venture Prize

Awarded each spring, the Sustainable Venture Prize supports Yale's most innovative ideas for businesses that advance a more sustainable way of life. Past winners include an online social platform to expand the adoption of solar power, a software package for improving forest inventory data, and a contained symbiotic system to produce an algae-based cattle feed supplement that reduces methane.

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Mentorship and Advice

Because the intersection of business and the environment is a relatively new space, there is a lot of room for new ideas to take root. CBEY staff, Fellows and Visiting Experts are available for office hours or one-on-one coaching sessions about your venture, innovative idea, career path and beyond. 

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Mentorship Advice

These stories introduce you to the entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers supported by CBEY.

Hear from students who are starting ventures at the intersection of business and the environment as well as from alumni reflecting on their entrepreneurial experiences at Yale. We aspire to build a robust entrepreneurial community that can constantly learn from each other.

Reports and Publications

Reports and Publications

CBEY supports and produces research reports and publications to advance the development of business solutions to systemic environmental problems.


Yale Ventures

CBEY is proud to be a part of the entrepreneurial landscape at Yale. We work with partners spanning the university to create a strong support system for entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers. See all of the resources at Yale Ventures.

Yale Ventures

Who to contact

Want to hear more about our work in Entrepreneurship & Innovation? 

Contact us to learn about these programs and see how you can get involved.

Aishwarya Kuruttukulam

Environmental Innovation Fellow at Yale Center for Business and Environment
Master of International and Development Economics 2022

Stuart DeCew

Executive Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
MBA 2011
Master of Environmental Management 2011