Saphlux Founder Chen Chen ’16 Receives $5 Million in Funding

March 21, 2017: Saphlux, a startup co-founded by Chen Chen ’16, recently received a $5 million infusion from companies eager to invest in its promising new LED technology. The lead investor in this latest Saphlux funding round is Leyard (Hong Kong), a $4 billion company that specializes in outdoor LED display. Leyard  invested $3.5 million.…

Yale Startup Rally Brings 50,000 Riders to Women’s March in D.C.

January 19, 2017: The Yale startup Rally was conceived around a political event that defined a cultural moment in 2010—the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear cohosted by Comedy Central stars John Stewart and Stephen Colbert. That gathering drew hundreds of thousands to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and it served as a litmus…

Two Yale Food Startups Receive $100K from YEI Innovation Fund

January 13, 2017: The past few years have seen an uptick in students launching food-related ventures from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI). Now, two of them gaining traction in their markets—beef jerky and fast casual Chinese food, respectively—just received $100,000 each from the YEI Innovation Fund. The fund, supported by Yale University, Connecticut Innovations and…

YEI Innovation Fund Welcomes New Partner Webster Bank

January 6, 2017: The YEI Innovation Fund, which offers pre-seed funding to promising Yale ventures, has partnered with Webster Bank in support of the Fund. Webster is joining existing partners Yale University and Connecticut Innovations to provide early-stage investment capital to ventures coming from Yale that have demonstrated potential for high growth and the ability…

Wellinks, Launched from Yale, Closes in on $1M Seed Round

October 24, 2016: Yale health tech startup Wellinks is well on its way to raising a $1M seed round, with over 75% committed. The round includes a $500,000 investment from Connecticut Innovations’ Bioscience Innovation Fund as well as investments from Sound Board Angel Fund and Bulldog Innovation Group. Led by Yale alums Ellen Su (’13)…

Yale Health Tech Company Wellinks Raises $265K for Innovative Brace-Monitoring Devices

December 14, 2015: Wellinks, a wearable health technology company founded by three Yale students, recently raised $265,000 in funding from sources including Connecticut Innovations, the New England Pediatric Device Consortium and angel investors. The company has made promising progress on their patent-pending brace-monitoring device and related app, which are initially being developed for scoliosis patients.…

Saphlux Set to Revolutionize LED Lighting; Raises $200,000

July 20, 2015: Yale startup Saphlux has found a way to significantly advance LED technology and recently received $100,000 in funding from the YEI Innovation Fund, backed by Yale, Connecticut Innovations and First Niagara Bank, as well as an additional $100,000 from Elm Street Ventures. Saphlux is building the next generation of LED chip designed…

Yale Tech Startup Dextro Creates New Way to Analyze Video Content

January 13, 2015: Recent Yale grad David Luan is interested in perception: how computers and other machines “see” things and report back to us what they see. After internships at iRobot and Microsoft, Luan immersed himself in the world of robotics in San Francisco among other makers and hackers, many of whom were building robots…