The rest of the 100 (in alphabetical order): James Boyle, YEI Innovation Fund

Since helping to found Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s in 2006, James Boyle has been responsible for a series of initiatives aimed at developing innovation at the university, culminating in the launch of the YEI Innovation Fund in 2013.

In a way, Boyle has come full circle, having begun his own career by setting up mass spectrometry startup Analytica of Branford while still an undergraduate student at Yale.

The YEI Innovation Fund was set up in partnership with investment firm Connecticut Innovations and Webster Bank, and is managed by Elm Street Ventures. The fund offers seed capital of up to $100,000 to startups that have previously been through the YEI entrepreneurship program.

LED technology developer Saphlux, a Yale spinout, raised a $200,000 seed round from YEI Innovation Fund in 2015 and has since raised more than $10m in funding, including $5m from a consortium led by LED manufacturer Leyard in March 2017.