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Sustainable Entrepreneurship Consultancy

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

Hand drawing business plan

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.


The Consultancy will meet periodically throughout the semester on Mondays from 5:45-7:15pm.  Location TBD.

Info Sessions & Applications: Spring 2020

We are currently seeking consultants for Spring 2020.

Apply here to be a consultant

Deadline for this application is 11:59pm January 17, 2020.

Client application has closed.

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Tiffany Leong ( or Sofia Ribeiro (

2020 Ventures


People & Partners

Ben Soltoff

Ecosystem-Builder/Entrepreneur in Residence at Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
MBA 2019
Master of Environmental Management 2019

Peter Boyd

Faculty at Yale School of the Environment
Founder & CEO at Time4Good Group

Program Alumni

Emily Auerbach

Judith Amsalem