Encouraging innovation at Yale, beyond

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI) has been connecting students and staff and getting new products and services to the market since 2007.

It’s a program that encourages new ideas and new business in Connecticut.

“If you look around at higher education right now and what all the other peer institutions are doing, we’re all trying to encourage innovation amongst the student population while they’re still students,” said YEI director Jim Boyle.

“We’re not waiting for graduation to ask them the question, ‘Do you have an idea..,’ we’re asking the question sometimes on the way into the college experience.”

And how might the general population get involved?

“We’ve tried very hard at Yale to partner with both the city of New Haven as well as with the state,” Boyle said. “In the city, it’s with the Grove. With the state, it’s with Connecticut Innovations.

“So we have relationships with them where we try and encourage entrepreneurs who want to work with us to either get resources either through the city or from the state.”

For more on the institute, visit here.

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