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Frequently Asked Questions

Entrepreneurs from all disciplines - particularly public health, medicine, nursing, design, engineering, technology, environmental sciences, architecture and public policy - are encouraged to apply.

Yale faculty, students and alumni from any discipline are encouraged to apply.

Participants will be required to commit a 6-month period starting June 2019. During this time period, India-based startups will be expected to work out of CoWrks in Bengaluru, as participation in all the training sessions, workshops, public programs and networking sessions are critical. Yale-based startups will participate in the first 2.5 months of the training in Bengaluru and will complete the curriculum through weekly online recorded and/ or live-streamed modules.

Yes, you can apply as long as you are willing to relocate to Bengaluru for the given time period.

Yes, you can apply as an individual or a team of up to three people. Individuals (and teams of two people) will subsequently be paired with others based on their ideas to form a team of three people.

The list of broad areas mentioned in the guidelines are only an indicative list. We welcome out-of-the-box ideas and solutions that advance the mandate of sustainable health.

Given the structure of the equity stake in the program, non-profits are unable to apply.

Yes, the problem being addressed can be in countries other than India. U.S.-based startups and solutions must be applied to other developing countries as the accelerator curriculum is tailored to these contexts.

Yes, all startups will be required to commit a six-month period from June 2019. During this time period, India-based start-ups will be expected to work out of CoWrks in Bengaluru as participation in all the training sessions, workshops, public programs and networking sessions are critical. Yale-based start-ups will participate in the first 2.5 months of the training in Bengaluru and will complete the curriculum through weekly online recorded and/or livestreamed modules.

Applications need to be submitted by April 5, 2019.

Each team will receive USD 70K (or INR equivalent) and additional support in the form of tech credits.

The seed grant investment will be made in exchange for a 15% equity stake in the startup.

Participants will benefit from hands-on guidance from industry leaders and experts from India as well as faculty and alumni from Yale University.

Each startup will be assigned a faculty mentor from Yale to help them with their solution. Additionally, they will have access to the larger Yale community, including its alumni network.

Each team will own all rights to its solution.

All questions should be emailed to shi@cowrks.com.