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Manolo Sanchez Prize

The Manolo Sanchez Prize will award $25,000 to a Yale student-led for-profit or nonprofit social start-up, community-led initiative, or narrative change campaign increasing access to/utilization of financial infrastructure, sustainable financial resilience, wealth creation, and/or capital for financially underserved communities (unbanked, underinsured, and underfunded). 

Preference will be given to projects developing global solutions through fintech, policy research/advocacy, public-private partnerships, storytelling, impact investing, financial education, and financial infrastructure (credit, insurance, payments and remittances, savings, and personal finances).

This prize is possible due to the support of Manolo Sanchez (YC ’87); for more information about the vision for this prize, please read this article. This prize seeks to:

In addition to the potential prize money, Startup Yale provides participants with constructive feedback from experienced professionals, mentorship from relevant experts, and chances to network with venture capital investors, nonprofit funders, and industry leaders.

Application Selection & Judging Criteria 

The Manolo Sanchez Prize is open to any team with at least one current, degree-seeking Yale student in a leadership position. Reviewers and judges will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:



Prize Owners

Past Prizes

Happening April 4-5, 2024 at Hotel Marcel