What Is the Venture
Venture capital is one of the most challenging industries to break into. Unfortunately, it is a small, exclusive industry.
The Venture Fellow Program is an on-ramp to VC. The program offers access to the skills, network, and experience necessary to help get into the industry—an opportunity to learn VC by doing VC. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience to apprentice under seasoned venture capitalists.
“The Venture Fellow Program provided me with an incredibly rare opportunity to turn what was a nascent interest in venture capital into a meaningful career transition into the industry. Thanks to the flexibility of the program, I was able to take on meaningful projects that often proved to be more helpful during my VC interview process than the work I was doing at my full-time position. Everyone on the team has been a phenomenal mentor and reference and, more than any other organization at Dartmouth, Green D has allowed me to remain connected to the College and fellow alumni.”
“It is an understatement to say that the Venture Fellow Program has been an incredible experience. As a lifelong, passionate learner, I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity during this phenomenal phase in technology. I get the opportunity to not only observe innovation so closely but also contribute to the progress of our society.”
“The Venture Fellow Program played an important role in my career transition to venture capital. It is very a unique opportunity to gain relevant experience, demonstrate interest, and build a network in the VC industry. The flexible hours and work schedule make it possible to be a part of the program even with a strenuous full-time job. The expertise of the team, in combination with their willingness to help, plays a large part in the value of the program.”
“The Venture Fellow Program was key in expanding my professional network and forming connections for future job opportunities. Through the program, I have been able to establish relationships that benefit Blue Ivy Ventures and build our Yale alumni community base, but also I have received resources from the program that have served me well in building my career in the renewable energy industry.”
“The Venture Fellow Program was a critical stepping-stone for my career in the financial sector. It gave me the opportunity to crystallize my understanding of the private investment sphere and learn the mechanics of capital raising. My experience was not only fulfilling from a personal growth standpoint, it was the leverage that I needed to land a subsequent role in the private equity industry.”
Mission of the Program
ON-RAMP TO VC
Accelerate Fellow career trajectories
Provide an unprecedented opportunity to learn venture capital
Open to all qualified candidates
“The Venture Fellow Program has provided me with an opportunity to explore the knowledge behind a career path that is high-impact and fast-paced, in a field which exposure is generally rare. The program is flexible, allowing me to ramp up or down my efforts as my full-time job permits, and I have had the opportunity to build a strong network, perform research and due diligence to inform the decisions of our team, and meet an overwhelmingly positive group of people.”
“Through the Venture Fellows Program, I have had the incredible opportunity to work directly with the Principal and Managing Partner of the fund. I have learned a great deal in a very short time by supporting key initiatives, interfacing with the Investment Committee, and contributing to due diligence reports. The opportunities to grow and connect are endless. At all levels, the AVG team is very accessible, and has shown a genuine interest in my success in the program and beyond.”
“After a decade of working in the federal government, I knew I wanted to transition to the world of finance. The Blue Ivy Ventures Fellow Program gave me an entry into private equity and venture capital that I would absolutely never have had otherwise. A classroom M.B.A. is one thing, but the program has given me the practical, on-the-ground experience necessary to compete in today’s business climate. Best of all, I am connecting with Yalies across the globe with similar interests and rapidly expanding my professional network.”
“One of the biggest reasons people go to business school is to build professional networks, and students pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for access to that kind of network. AVG’s Venture Fellow Program provides me and the other Fellows with the same focused, high-powered network. The program even goes a step further and provides a custom curriculum on VC. In this sense, the AVG fellow program is better than going to an individual business school. I very much look forward to the journey ahead with both the funds and the Venture Fellow Program.”
LEARN VENTURE CAPITAL
- Build your knowledge base with the Venture Fellow Academy
- Practice the skills on live deals
- Access our team of veteran entrepreneurs/investors
PUT VC ON YOUR RESUME/LNKD
- Extremely scarce opportunities in this field
- Prove you are interested in VC
- Get a leg up in your career development and a foot in the door
TRANSITION YOUR CAREER TO VENTURE CAPITAL
- High-value references to support your career next steps
- Custom on-ramp plan to help facilitate your transition
AMPLIFIED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- Real work experience and skill building
- Meaningful, impactful stories to tell in your next job interview
ACCESS TO DILIGENCE MATERIALS & DATA ROOM
- Unprecedented access to VC evaluations, decision making, and Investment Committee calls
- Monthly group Fellow diligence reviews led by the investment teams
OUR ROLODEX IS YOUR ROLODEX
- National peer network of rising stars of entrepreneurship
- Build your own alumni network while helping the fund
- Know who we know
The Ideal Candidate
Fellows come from all walks of life and all different stages of careers. We look for Fellows with these characteristics:
- Curious. You research venture capital, startups, and innovation on your own.
- Proactive. You reach out first. Follow up until the opportunity arises. Make your own way.
- Leader. You take initiative to drive improvement. Hold yourself to the highest standards.
- Communicative. You’re clear and succinct. Prompt on email. Excellent time management.
- Self-reliant. You set and hit deadlines. Go above and beyond. Know how to learn new skills.
- Loyal. You have deep ties to your university. Want to give back.
“The Venture Fellow Program provides a unique opportunity to explore venture capital and grow your network through in-depth engagement with alumni. As a result, it is not only an on-ramp into a career in venture capital, but also an opportunity to gain access to and learn from high-profile individuals across sectors.”
“Being part of the Venture Fellow Program has been an incredible journey. Previously, as the co-founder of a startup, the VC realm seemed like a mysterious black box. Through the program, I have had the unique opportunity of working directly with the Principal, Managing Partner, and AVG executives. Thanks to the level of transparency that the program fosters within our community and the quality of education that the organization provides for each fellow, I am better prepared to continue my journey in either the VC space or startup world. I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to get their foot in the door and learn more about the VC space.”
“The Venture Fellow Program is a true gem of an opportunity. The entire Alumni Ventures Group rolodex is open to you to use as a resource and put you in position to transition your career into Venture Capital. Through the mentoring and apprenticeship opportunities to work with the deal team you truly get involved in all phases of the work – fundraising, deal sourcing and diligence.”
“My experiences in the AVG Fellow Program have been immensely rewarding, and have not only imparted a deeper understanding of how innovation takes root but also enabled participation in the processes that drive those ideas forward. As someone with a scientific background, I have benefited from the opportunity to raise my eye level to view market needs and landscapes, and have honed my ability to integrate technical considerations with strategic analysis. Importantly, through this program, I have been exposed to novel technologies across diverse industries, encountered new trends in high-growth sectors, and directly contributed to investment decisions in the Castor Ventures portfolio.”
“The Venture Fellow Prorgram has played an important role in my professional growth. The last 5 years of my professional career have been heavily entrenched in the startup world. As an entrepreneur and operator, learning the inner-workings of (and actually contributing to) all things Venture Capital, including raising capital, generating deal flow, and conducting due diligence, has been highly valuable and has allowed me to separate myself from my colleagues, who often lean on me to learn about the capital raising process, how term sheets are structured, what the various terms mean, how equity options are granted & exercised, how startups are valuated, etc. I highly recommend the AVG fellowship program to anybody who has an interest in involving themselves in the tech startup ecosystem.”
Meet the Venture Fellows
Fewer than 5% of applicants are accepted. These are the rising stars in VC and entrepreneurship.
Alyssa joins the fellow program after graduating with her MBA earlier in 2018. She continues to work in marketing in the tech industry, after spending time at startups of all stages as well as in venture capital. Her past experience includes media, adtech, and B2B marketing, along with interests in the culinary and fashion industries. Alyssa holds an MBA from NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a BA from Brandeis University.
Neha is currently working as a Marketing Strategy Manager at Unum, a leading disability insurance provider in the US. She also has experience working in the Consumer-Packaged Goods and Pharmaceutical industries in Pakistan and United States. She has worked on several product launches, channel marketing, and data-driven market insights projects. She graduated from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2017 and concentrated on innovation and entrepreneurship strategy which involved carrying out due diligence on several concepts such as programmatic media buying, smarter household energy consumption devices and e-commerce strategy for a retailer in Pristina, Kosovo. She is currently on the board for Portland Symphony Orchestra.
Tim currently works at NERA, a consulting firm focused on financial and economic analysis for business litigation and advisory services. He has over three years of experience in advising companies across multiple industries: consumer products, pharmaceuticals, cybersecurity, restaurants, online media, and entertainment. Tim received his B.A. degree in Mathematical Economics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin. Outside of work, Tim enjoys traveling, working out, and attempting to cook.
Kabir is a recent graduate of Duke University and currently advises large companies and leading brands on successfully navigating disruptive markets. He specializes in financial services and has experience with payments, digital banking, and wealth management. Kabir also has expertise in the business side of technology and enjoys learning about network effects, aggregation theory, and new and emerging business models.
Melanie is pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Finance at Presidio Graduate School and leads the PGS Impact Investing Club. Before her MBA studies, Melanie worked at Google for 7 years, most recently as a Global Business Product Manager where she spearheaded product development and commercialization strategy. She is a Board Member for Women in Cleantech & Sustainability and holds a BA in International Relations from the University of San Diego where she rowed on their Division 1 team.
Rajani is a seasoned product strategist focused on developing complex technology products in the enterprise and consumer spaces. She has worked extensively in the fields of banking, real estate and online payment solutions. As a product consultant, she helps start-ups with building elegant solutions and driving user engagement. She also spent several years with Morgan Stanley specializing in equity technology and operations for their high net worth clients. She has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Mumbai, an ME in Environmental Engineering from the University of Melbourne and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Hannah has spent her career in early stage technology companies focusing on roles in business development and product creation from zero to one. She is currently Director of Consolidation at EasyPost, a global logistics startup based in San Francisco. Hannah holds a BA in Economics and History from Northwestern University.
Alyssa Boente is an entrepreneur currently pursuing her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In 2013, she founded The Wellnest, a center for integrative healthcare. Prior to The Wellnest, she worked in strategy and communications at Ashoka, a global organization that funds and supports social entrepreneurs. While at Kellogg, she developed a new consumer brand concept as a Venture Fellow with Procter & Gamble’s Ventures Group, an internal innovation group within P&G, and founded Penny Finance, an initiative helping older adults better manage their personal finances. Alyssa has a BA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and a masters in development studies (i.e. economics and politics of the developing world) from the University of Cambridge.
Matt is a Venture Fellow at Yard Ventures, and is currently an advisor to and investor in several early-stage technology companies. Previously, he was Senior Director of Partnerships at Yext, a marketing automation platform, which he helped scale from $50M to $200M in revenues. He has over five years of experience in public markets investing, consulting, and investment banking. Matt received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, as well as a BA in Economics from Harvard, where he was a member of the Heavyweight Rowing team.
Allen works in sales leadership at Tesla. Previously Allen worked for an IOT and SAAS startup as a global sales leader helping the team grow revenue from 100k to 20M. He gets extremely excited to help startup teams work out their first go-to-market efforts and further to scale their go-to-market execution. Allen has had the privilege of working in small start-ups and large high growth companies, taking very technical products to the market while exceeding customers expectations. Allen hopes to leverage this experience to serve and support start-ups.
Laide is an engineer turned Product Manager. She is currently a Product Manager at Ring, where she combines her love for technology and IoT to create products that impact lives and keep neighborhoods safe. Prior to that, she was a Product Manager at Sonos, where she combines her love for technology and music to create products that impact lives. She also has experience working as an engineer for companies in the space and consumer electronics industries. Laide is also passionate about Entrepreneurship and has worked at a couple of early-stage tech startups where she was responsible for product and business development as well as overall business strategy. Laide earned an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. She also holds a dual B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and an M.S. from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Jessica Co-founded and currently leads Forward BIOLABS, a fully functional life sciences laboratory to facilitate the creation and launch of innovative startup biotechnology companies. She brings over 15 years broad experience in life science to Bascom Ventures, including stem cells, tissue engineering, pharmaceuticals, clean tech, and agriculture. She has held leadership roles in operations, marketing, and quality within large pharma, startup, and non-profit environments. Jessica earned an Executive MBA and an MS in Biotechnology, both from the UW-Madison.
Momo is a New York-based Startup Advisor with eight years of experience working with C-level clients, VCs, and founders in a wide range of industries and sizes. She has guided SaaS startups to build and manage sales teams, advised a virtual reality startup to form its business development strategy and pitch, turned around a failing international operation, designed and implemented an e-commerce effort that doubled in product revenue and constructed global growth strategies for a Fortune 500 client. The combination of her experience with tech startups and her investment experience at J.P. Morgan led her to the discovery of her passion for developing new ventures. She is excited and curious about emerging technology that improves the world. Momo holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University. During her time at Cornell, she studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science and became the first MBA exchange student to Cornell Tech.
Dinesh Divakaran is currently an associate director with the Office of Licensing & Ventures at Duke University & Health System. In this role, he leads the commercialization of Duke’s digital innovation portfolio from R&D across Duke by licensing technologies to industry and catalyzing startups. Prior to Duke, Dinesh worked in technology commercialization and venture development at North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University and the University of South Florida. To date, he has built commercialization partnerships with several Fortune 500 companies (including Google, Samsung, Adobe etc.) and facilitated the spinout of 26 tech startups at Duke, NC State and Texas A&M. Dinesh also served as adjunct faculty in electrical engineering at North Carolina State University and the University of South Florida. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida and an MBA in Innovation & Finance from North Carolina State University.
Timothy is currently completing his cardiology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he completed medical school and residency at Johns Hopkins University and Hospital and received his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He has an interest in healthcare and biotechnology industries and background in clinical medicine as well as basic, translational, and clinical science.
Rob is a current MBA candidate at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He enjoys thought leadership and regularly publishes articles in Forbes. Rob has experience in high tech having previously led the mobile app team for Overstock.com and Vivint Smarthome. Rob currently serves as a Board Member for the Blockbox App and co-founded United In Aging, a nonprofit focused on serving the elderly LGBTQ population. In his free time, Rob is an avid traveler, having visited 49 states.
Matthew is the co-founder of Raise Green, a crowdsourced financing company for renewable energy projects. Previously, he spent two years doing statistical programming for the Data-Driven Yale research group while obtaining a Masters of Environmental Management Degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Before graduate school, he spent four years as a Senior Staff Environmental Scientist at Landau Associates, Inc. investigating contaminated properties, overseeing clean-up actions, and providing air emissions modeling for regulatory compliance. Matthew holds also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science with a minor in Chemistry from Western Washington University.
Francesca currently works at a strategic management consulting firm advising clients who specialize in FinTech and other related financial services. Prior to consulting, she was on the product and business development team for an early stage consumer-focused health and wellness startup. She holds a B.A in American Studies: Policy and Politics of the Environment from the University of California, Berkeley. Francesca wrote her senior thesis on venture capital and green technology.
Jazmin is passionate about the idea of transparency and alignment. She is particularly interested in industries that are still running on legacy software technology and have massive amounts of user data but don’t understand how to leverage it. She co-founded Bundler, a tech-media startup that leverages large amounts of programming data to help users understand what channels and services are most valuable to them, and then builds a “re-imagined” TV bundle optimized for price, the content they want to watch and the devices they want to watch it on. Prior to Bundler, she worked on new technology investments at Warner Bros and was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. She received her BS in Finance from Arizona State University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jacob is an Associate Recruiter with TRANSEARCH International, focusing on Vice President, C-level, and highly technical management roles in the construction, engineering, real estate, power, and manufacturing spaces. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University in Biological Sciences and Psychology, originally studying as pre-med. He has been involved with two NU-founder led startups in biotech and data-driven media and is thrilled to continue contributing to the Northwestern startup community.
Caitlin is currently a second-year MBA student at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where she is VP of Blockchain, Managing Director of the Tuck Social Venture Fund, and co-chair of the Entrepreneurship club. She’s incredibly passionate about the digital asset space and spent her summer in between first and second year working at Ripple. Prior to business school, Caitlin worked in early-stage startups both as a founding team member and an early hire focused on product and growth. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and is originally from Texas.
Scott is an Associate at Staley Capital, a Boston-based Growth Equity firm focused on investments in B2B technology companies. Prior to Staley Capital, he was an Investment Banking Analyst at Nomura Securities in New York. In addition to his role at Staley Capital, Scott is a Startup Mentor at MassChallenge, a non-profit startup accelerator. Scott graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Economics and was a four-year member of the varsity sailing team.
Aaron Steffensmeier, MBA ’11
Aaron currently is a Vice President in the Capital Markets division of Webster Bank. Prior to Webster, Aaron served as Vice President of Credit at TD Securities where he was responsible for structuring and executing middle market loan transactions in the communications, media, and technology sector, committing over $2Bn of capital to facilitate acquisitions, dividend recapitalizations, and refinancings. Aaron holds a B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland, and an MBA from Cornell University.
Jeremy is currently an Investment Associate at PGIM Real Estate, where he focuses on deal sourcing and underwriting. Prior to PGIM, he designed and managed infrastructure projects as Project Manager for Arlington Government’s Division of Transportation. He started his career as an Associate Engineer for Parsons in highway design and transportation planning. Jeremy holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, Master of Urban & Regional Planning from Virginia Tech, and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.
Sonali is a recent graduate of the Executive MBA program at the Berkeley-Haas School of Business. She has built a career on improving programs and policies that lead to better outcomes for vulnerable populations through the non-profit, state government and federal government sectors. Sonali is currently based at a national policy-research institute where she consults with large systems on the metrics that demonstrate impact. Previously, she was a senior policy advisor at the White House in the Obama Administration.
Dennis has previously worked with StartX and the Alchemist Accelerator, improving their products and offering for their entrepreneurs; at McKinsey & Company as a Business Analyst; and as a Cofounder at Buzz Solutions, a drone enterprise software solution for inspecting and analyzing the electric grid infrastructure. He holds a Master’s degree in Management Science & Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering, both from Stanford.
Zahan is the co-founder of Musthafa & Almana Start-up Support (MASS), based out of Dubai, which was set up as a platform for early-stage start-ups that address key global challenges. His role as the co-founder and deals flow director is to ensure that MASS gets access to world-changing start-ups and enable them to establish a presence in emerging markets of South Asia, the Middle East and West Africa by providing them market focused legal & business expertise. Zahan holds a Master’s degree (LLM) in Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship from Cornell University at the Cornell Tech campus in Manhattan, NYC and a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from University of Warwick, UK.
Michelle has spent her career working in global financial markets and financial services and has a proven track record in portfolio management, investment and financial analysis. She began her career at Morgan Stanley, where she built an award-winning equity portfolio risk analysis and trading platform called BasketLink™. Mid-career, Michelle opened the first Manhattan office of Edward Jones in its 88-year history. She subsequently launched her own Registered Investment Advisory firm, where she has consistently grown AUM by over 58% year over year. She was a senior advisor to the board at Lehman Holdings during their $82B liquidation, and has advised CXO’s overseeing more than $85B in revenue on maximizing IT digital transformation ROI. She holds Electrical Engineering degrees from Rice and Stanford Universities, is a licensed investment advisor, and has earned over 12 finance and advanced technology certifications.
JC is a tech strategist, specializing in Internet and FinTech technologies. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area where he performs advisory services to early-stage tech companies. His nearly decade career includes numerous roles in strategy, product management and research. JC’s previous work experiences include corporate strategy & development team at Verisign, strategy consulting at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co.) and the investment bank at JPMorgan. JC has an M.S. in Information and Knowledge Strategy from Columbia University (’14) and a B.S. in Business Administration from Morris College.
Sam began his career as a consultant in Dakar, Senegal, advising investors, foundations, and governments on emerging markets. He’s since helped build early-stage startups in education and renewable energy across the African continent and is currently working on the deployment of decarbonization technologies and solutions. A dual citizen by way of the French Caribbean, Sam holds a BA from Yale and an MA (summa cum laude) from Sciences Po Paris.
The Wharton School
Sachin has a decade of experience in the area of semiconductors and chip design where he has held roles ranging from R&D, engineering, to product management. Sachin’s area of interest and expertise is new mobility – connected, autonomous, shared, electric vehicles and logistics. He serves on the editorial board of various IEEE publications. Sachin holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as an MBA in Finance and Marketing from The Wharton School.
Asia brings significant business development experience to the Total Access Fund. She began her career in art at Christie’s Paris and Sotheby’s New York. Asia currently leads business development for 214, an NYC based brand strategy and creative firm. She is an avid soccer fan who loves EDM, wine and crime novels.
Fatma is a Vice President in Angelo Gordon’s asset management department focused on Investment Consultant Relations and structuring. She has been with the firm since 2012. Fatma received her B.A. degree in Finance and Government from St. Lawrence University in June 2012 and is expected to receive her MBA from Columbia Business School in May 2019. Fatma is fluent in Turkish and English.
Danae has been in the healthcare sector for over a decade, specializing in innovation, strategy, and operations. In undergrad, Danae served in AmeriCorps and helped increase access to healthcare for the state of Louisiana through Federally Qualified Health Centers and streamlining prescription assistance programs. After graduation, she completed a Clinical Research Fellowship program at Weill Cornell Medical College. Danae cofounded Dynamic Surgical and built a medical device that turned head and neck cancer diagnosis from a surgical procedure to an instant in-office procedure. Later, Danae formed Mallium, LLC to manufacture morphable technology to improve the safety, efficacy, and comfort of minimally invasive procedures in all specialties so that they may be performed in the office, instead of the operating room. Danae has a Bachelor of Science degree in Medicine from Our Lady of The Lake Regional Medical Center, the hospital affiliate with Louisiana State University School of Medicine.
UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Joe is currently a full-time MBA student at Berkeley-Haas who is passionate about supporting mission-driven entrepreneurs. Prior to Haas, Joe was a Manager on PwC’s Deals Team, where he advised corporate and private equity clients through IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures. As the Education Lead of the Haas Impact Investing Network, Joe analyzed early-stage social ventures that were addressing specific educational challenges through the use of technology. As an Independent Consultant for the Innovative Schools team at NewSchools Venture Fund, Joe supported the sourcing and diligence lead for NewSchools Invent, an investment program that supports new and innovative district and charter schools.
Doreen is passionate about social entrepreneurship and creating a global sustainable future together. She is a management and technology consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, advising clients on infrastructure, energy, and the environment. Doreen currently serves on the firm’s Sustainability Community of Practice Steering Committee. Doreen is also the Vice Chair of the Marketing and Communications Section in Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE), a nonprofit based in Washington, DC. Doreen holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley and MEng in Environmental Engineering from Duke University.
Alexandria’s professional career spans the financial services, education, and non-profit sectors on both sides of the globe. Currently, she works at an early stage venture capital / private equity firm with a focus on transactions in the energy, biotech, and technology industries between North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. In her spare time, she works on a world music initiative affiliated with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Alexandria holds a B.A. in Economics and Music from Brown University.
Dockery (B.A. ’15, M.Sc. ’17) currently serves as a Research Analyst for PNG Venture, a New York-based startup advisory firm that hosts annual tech conferences in Harlem and Brooklyn. At PNG, he researches and reports on new venture capital deals involving New York-based startups and assists the PNG management team with the logistics of deploying its tech conferences. Previously, Dockery was an Innovation Analyst at Shawmut Design where he focused on driving innovation in the architecture design industry through mediums such as D&I, and investments in emerging technologies. Dockery holds a B.A. ’15 in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations, and a M.Sc. ’17 in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, both from Brown University.
University of Pennsylvania
Krystle is a serial entrepreneur with an extensive background in biotech consulting. As an ambassador for the Center for Advancing Innovation, Krystle has co-founded several startup companies that are commercializing therapeutic technologies focused on nanoparticle drug delivery systems and neurodegenerative disease. Krystle earned a Master’s Degree in neuroscience and bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and is completing an Executive Doctorate focused on translating innovative research into emerging biotech companies.
A native of Huntsville, AL, Frederick Daso is pursuing his Master’s in Aerospace Engineering on the heels of majoring in AE and minoring in Political Science at MIT as an undergrad. Daso complements his technical expertise with a passion for writing — he’s currently an Under 30 Contributor at Forbes, covering college students and recent graduates in the process of building startups, and was chosen as a 2016 LinkedIn Top Voice for Student Publishing. Daso looks forward to blending his “hard” and “soft” skills as a Community Engagement Fellow with Castor.
Alex has been a Senior Analyst at Wayfair working on the custom initiatives team and building out 3D models of products for Wayfair’s 10 million product catalogue. Alex has also worked as an Operations Manager at MiniLuxe, a nail salon start up and portfolio company of Cue Ball Capital. He has a B.A. from Harvard and is pursuing an MBA from the Darden School at UVA.
Neiman Tan, BS ’12, mEng ’13
Neiman (B.A. ’12, MEng ’13) currently works on the Android Business Operations and Strategy team at Google. Previously, Neiman worked at OnDeck Capital, primarily as a Data Scientist in a variety of projects spanning data science, international growth initiatives and strategic partnerships. Earlier in his career, Neiman was a management consultant at PwC, where he helped develop go-to-market strategies and predictive models for several Fortune 500 companies. Neiman holds a B.A. ‘12 with honors in Chemistry and an MEng ’13 in Operations Research, both from Cornell University.
Evan is a senior investment banker in New York, specializing in U.S. Transportation Project Finance including toll roads, mass transit and seaports projects. Evan is also a thought leader in autonomous vehicles, Smart Cities, drones, and integration of new technologies into existing transportation ecosystem from both a transportation investment and public policy perspective. Evan received his B.A. in History and Political Science from Northwestern University in 2003 and has served as the Co-President of the NU Club of Greater NYC since January 2017.
Tuck School of Business
Meghan is a second-year MBA candidate at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. At Tuck, she is a Director of the Tuck Social Venture Fund, a fellow at the Center for Digital Strategies, and serves on the board of Positive Tracks, an opportunity through the Center of Business, Government, and Society.
The Wharton School
Aneesha is passionate about entrepreneurship and investing and is a current Private Equity Associate at TA Associates in Boston. Prior to TA, Aneesha spent two years in venture capital investing at Bessemer Venture Partners in New York City. Aneesha holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Andy (UW ’11) is a 5th-year M.D./Ph.D. Candidate at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is also a member of the Postdoc Industry Consulting Organization, which provides consulting services to life-sciences companies, and serves as an Advisor for Golden Angels Investors, a local angel investment group. Prior to starting medical school, Andy spent two years doing full-time clinical research. Andy received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin.
Lauren is currently an MBA Candidate at The Wharton School studying Multinational Management, and is a visiting board member of the Pennsylvania Ballet. She is spending her summer as a Senior Management Associate Intern at Bridgewater Associates, LP. Prior to Wharton, Lauren worked in business development at the international art auction houses Sotheby’s and Phillips. Lauren received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Columbia University in 2011.
Eric Lo, mEng ’06
Eric is an aerospace and defense professional currently at Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology consulting firm. He supports both clients and senior leaders of Booz Allen in advancing their corporate capabilities during a time of great engineering and economic changes in the A&D sector. Eric is also active in the aerospace startup community, helping entrepreneurs and nascent companies reach their full potential through formal mentorship and business development support. Prior to Booz Allen, Eric worked on some of the most technologically advanced radars that exist in the world today at Raytheon. Eric has an B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego, a Master’s degree in the same field from Cornell, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Asya Bashina, MBA ’17
Asya has a background is in marketing, business development and user research. She has marketing strategy and business development experience working in a variety of tech companies such as SolidWorks (computer-assisted design), GrokStyle (visual search and image recognition seed stage startup) and Electroninks (a STEM education start-up). At these companies, Asya did everything from managing B2B customer relationships through customer testimonials and customer satisfaction surveys that touch product management, sales, strategy, engineering and marketing. Asya received her MBA from Cornell Tech at Cornell University and her B.A. at Brandeis University.
Casey is a Managing Strategy Consultant in IBM’s Chief Analytics Office. At IBM, she combines data, strategy, and cutting-edge machine learning to improve IBM’s top and bottom lines. Casey has prior experience in both financial services and in applied math research. She has an MBA from NYU Stern, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and a B.A. in Music from Yale University.
Chirag is currently a PhD student at the department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, where his work focuses on engineering the immune system. Beyond research, Chirag has industry experience in the medical technology industry both in the U.S and in Hong Kong, having worked at various stages of product development and assessment. Additionally, Chirag has entrepreneurial experience, currently working on a project recently funded by Columbia’s Translational Therapeutics Resource Accelerator. Chirag received his B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University.
Jason is an emergency medicine trained physician with a passion for backing early stage life science companies. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Urban Studies, attended medical school at the University of Chicago and completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago. Jason has practiced emergency medicine with Kaiser Permanente in San Leandro and Fremont, California and currently works in the Emergency Department at San Ramon Regional Medical Center. He has also worked for a telemedicine startup in San Francisco and a litigation consulting firm in New York City. Jason is an active angel investor with a particular interest in the areas of life sciences and medical devices.
UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Chandana is an MBA student at Berkeley–Haas with a B.S. in molecular biology from Carnegie Mellon University. Before Haas, she worked at Bio-Rad and Fluidigm, leading their genomics business as a product manager. Chandana focused on go-to-market strategy, new market development, and market research for disruptive DNA sequencing applications. While at Haas, she has established relationships with major UC incubators and accelerators and spends her free time mentoring founders.
Dorian is the VP of Software Development for Rabbit Tractors, Inc., leading robotics, computer vision and artificial intelligence efforts in the development of swarm-enabled, autonomous tractors. He received his M.S. in Robotics from Northwestern University and a B.B.A. from Temple University. Dorian has also held leadership and technical positions at CareCloud, a venture-backed healthcare technology company.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Christian (UW ’16) works on the Account Management team at VTS, the leading Leasing and Asset Management platform in commercial real estate. Previously, while in school, he worked at 100state, helping it become Wisconsin’s largest co-working community, and cofounded Madventures Coworking, a student co-working space. He received a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
The Wharton School
Ifeanyi is an MBA candidate at The Wharton School (WG’19). Prior to Wharton, he covered the financial services industry as an investment banker at Barclays and The Blackstone Group, and then as a private equity investor at Partners Group. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University, where he was a member of two Ivy League championship football teams. Ifeanyi is passionate about investing to support entrepreneurship and innovation through the venture ecosystem.
The Wharton School
Manan (WG’19) is an MBA candidate at The Wharton School. He is an experienced entrepreneur with a background in consulting and tech. Prior to Wharton, Manan co-founded a food-tech startup in India, heralding a new innovative food product category in the region. At Parthenon, Manan analyzed markets and identified opportunities across 15+ countries. Manan received his Bachelor’s in Computer Science and engineering from IIT Delhi.
Harvard Business School
Radhika is a second year MBA student at Harvard Business School, where she leads the entrepreneurship club. Most recently, she built analytics products at Panorama Education, an education technology startup. Radhika has a deeply technical background having completed a B.S. and M.Eng in Computer Science from MIT.
Shala is the Head of Business Development and Operations for The Satis Group, an end-to-end Initial Coin Offering advisory firm that provides legal, tax, and go to market advice for ICOs around the world. She has more than 10 years of business development and operations experience in technology and financial firms as well as government agencies. Prior to Satis; Shala was a Product and Research Team Manager at Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund that manages over $160 billion for more than 350 clients globally.
MIT Sloan School of Management
Andrew Geraghty currently is pursuing his MBA at MIT Sloan. In the summer of 2017, he was a business development intern at Stash Invest, a FinTech investing startup. Prior to starting at Sloan, Andrew was an Assistant Vice President at Eaton Vance where he focused on risk analytics and reporting systems for investment teams. He holds his B.A. in Finance and Operations Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Sophia is currently an energy industry analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where she serves as an expert witness on cost of capital for electric utilities. Prior to FERC, Sophia was a senior consultant in the energy practice at Navigant Consulting, Inc. and a project controller at Deloitte Consulting LLP. She was also an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow at KKR & Co. L.P. Sophia holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Georgetown University.
Will has been in the biological sciences for over a decade, specializing in metabolic disorders and antibody production. As scientific officer at Proteintech, he has worn many hats in marketing, R&D, and strategy, including hosting a podcast on career development for scientists called The Incubator. Will has a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Yale University (’15).
The Wharton School
Daniel joined the Fellow Program after spending the summer at Third Kind Venture Capital, an early stage Venture Capital firm in NYC. Daniel has since transitioned to focus full time on his own startup enterprise in fintech, Instrument Capital.
The Wharton School
John (WG ’16) joined the Fellow Program with extensive experience in the strategic growth and new market entry of innovative medical technology, working with multiple early-stage companies in the U.S. and Europe. John transitioned to work full time founding the Bay Area chapter of the Wharton Alumni Angels.
The Wharton School and the Penn School of Engineering and Applied Science
Christian brings extensive investing experience, having worked both as a portfolio manager on the US Rates team at JPM Fixed Income and a research associate at Coatue Management covering technology stocks. Most recently, Christian worked at Instrument Capital, a FinTech startup working to democratize customized portfolio allocation solutions for retail clients. Christian earned his AB in Economics from Princeton University and is currently pursuing joint MBA/MCIT degrees from The Wharton School and the Penn School of Engineering and Applied Science. Christian is a CFA charterholder.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
David (UW’06) is currently a Senior Manager of Due Diligence with Mallinckrodt, a specialty pharmaceutical company, where he is responsible for assessing business development and licensing opportunities. Prior to Mallinckrodt, David provided consulting services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and has managed clinical trials at various academic medical centers. David holds an M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from Columbia University and a B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jake (H ’15) joined Yard Ventures in early 2017 and has primarily focused on helping to build the Yard Ventures community. He currently plays minor league baseball for the New Britain Bees in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and interns with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. A native of the Boston area, Jake holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard.
Harvard Kennedy School
Jamaal Glenn is Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and Corporate Development at First Look Media. Jamaal is also the founder of Glenn Media Group, a boutique strategy and digital media consulting firm. Previously, he led business development for an Israeli tech startup. He also founded and sold a digital publishing company and worked at Google and J.P. Morgan. Jamaal received an MBA from Stanford, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and Bachelor’s degrees in finance and journalism from the University of Missouri.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Akash (MIT ’16) began working with Castor Ventures in April of 2017, and currently works in the energy and supply chain industry as a consultant with a Boston-based energy consultancy. Previously, he has performed non-invasive flow rate monitoring, data analytics and vehicular-pedestrian impact simulations. Akash holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design from MIT.
James is currently a software engineer at Airbnb working on furthering the company’s growth engine. Previously, he worked at Facebook and Expedia where he developed expertise in building large-scale software and machine learning systems. He is also an active angel investor with a particular interest in the areas of big data, machine learning, and life sciences. James holds Bachelor’s degrees in Bioengineering and Computer Science from the University of Washington and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
Alex (’12) is Head of Audience Growth for Autolist.com, a profitable, mobile-focused automotive search and buyer intelligence startup. Previously, he worked for Mercer Talent consulting, specializing in leadership development, organization design and performance, and sales effectiveness. At Stanford, he was Chair of the Program of Writing and Rhetoric undergraduate advisory board and worked with professors to found Virtual Admit Weekend for international students.
Rubi Sanchez is passionate about creating amazing end user experiences for machine learning-related tech products. She now works at Atipica, an HR talent discovery engine for businesses. Previously, she was Co-founder of Cocoon Cam, a computer vision company that went from concept to presenting to President Obama to selling hardware product in a year. She is a UC Berkeley graduate with a background in product, strategy, and operations.
Mitch is a product leader with deep entrepreneurial experience helping founders execute go-to-market strategies for emerging technology and early-stage digital businesses. Mitch holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Guilherme (Gui) Annunciacao
Haas School of Business
Gui (Haas MBA ’18) comes with years of startup, sales, and product management experience. He is currently enrolled in the Berkeley Haas Full-Time MBA Program, where he is pursuing opportunities in pre-IPO companies and VC, which has included working in the Business Development team at Slack. Earlier, Gui spearheaded the development and go-to-market strategy of a money transfer app to target underbanked immigrants.
Sharanya works at Biogen, developing the translational capabilities of genome editing platforms to treat rare neuromuscular diseases. Previously, she was a researcher at Harvard Medical School & MIT CSAIL, working on technologies for applications in genomics and transcriptomics. She built drug delivery systems in the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering and interned at startups through MIT‘s VentureShips & Externship Programs. She holds a Master’s degree in Biotechnology through Harvard Extension School, and a BS in Biology from MIT.
Esha has over 10 years of experience in the high-tech industry. She works in Corp. Development, Strategy, and Business Development at Microsoft. Her previous experience includes stints at Oracle Corp., edX, big data & IoT startups, and startup accelerators. Esha holds a graduate degree in Management from MIT and graduate and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Austin works for the Strategic Innovation Group at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he helps streamline internal operations and improve infrastructure security in commercial and government sectors. Previously, he worked for a mobile payment startup in an accelerator at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and was involved in research at MIT, helping build machine learning software in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Sciences. Austin holds a BS in Mathematics with Computer Science from MIT.
Rowland currently works as a lead product manager for Madaket Health, a healthcare tech startup. He was previously an Associate at Dean & Company Strategy Consultants, leading business due diligence teams for private equity clients, and a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton focused on DoD IT projects. Rowland holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Alex (UW’12) serves as in-house legal counsel at Markable, an AI company identifying fashion products in photos and videos via computer vision. Previously, she worked at a Midwest law firm, helping clients identify strategic opportunities to grow their business. She was also a campaign finance attorney for a political consultant, assisting with one presidential and three successful Congressional campaigns. Alex has a BA from Wisconsin and JD from Marquette.
Prakash (UW’06) is a Senior Global Product Manager in Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions at Philips, driving product strategy and global commercialization of clinical analytics and decision support solutions for critical care. Earlier, he held marketing and R&D positions at Neuronetics, Boston Scientific, GE Healthcare, and St. Jude Medical. He received an MBA from Michigan’s Ross School of Business and BS in Biomedical Engineering from Wisconsin.
Keaton (UW ‘17) recently returned to Wisconsin after a five-year career playing professional basketball around Europe. He has international experience after spending years living in Germany, Spain, Latvia, and Italy. He originally attended Wisconsin from 2007-11 and returned in 2017 to complete his degree in Kinesiology.
Emily is Venture Engagement Manager for Enverest, an investment/M&A advisory firm focusing on the US, China, and APAC. She has extensive global experience in the semiconductor sector with AMD, Spansion, and Cypress, specializing in corporate finance and operations, business process improvement, M&A integration, and systems implementation. She holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Wharton and is a CFA Level II Candidate.
The Wharton School
Peter is a social impact leader and entrepreneur. With deep experience in education and non-profit program management, he serves as Associate Director for the Making Waves Foundation. His work focuses both on executing long-term strategic growth and implementing day-to-day operational efficiencies. Peter holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Wharton, completing majors in both finance and management.
Antina is currently a business development professional at Procter and Gamble. She loves being involved with startups and is passionate about bringing innovations to market. Antina is pursuing MBA/MPA joint degrees at Wharton School and the Harvard Kennedy School.
At Harvard, Zayan works on translating social enterprise models to education as a Social Enterprise Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. She is also the Co-founder and CEO of ThinkersWeb Foundation, a Bangladesh-based incubator program serving young aspiring entrepreneurs from underserved communities. Zayan is concentrating in Economics at Harvard and headed for graduation in 2018.
Alonso is a first-year MBA student at Harvard Business School. Previously, he worked as an associate for Kapor Capital, a VC firm focusing on seed and early stage startups aiming to make a social impact. Alonso has over five years of strategy consulting experience working for Monitor Deloitte and Opera Solutions. Alonso holds a Master’s of Engineering in Operations Research & Information Engineering and a BA in Mathematics from Cornell.
Ashleigh is currently completing a Master’s degree at Harvard. Prior to Harvard, Ashleigh was leading the integration of a multinational acquisition in the UK. She has more than six years of FMCG and retail strategy experience gained in South Africa, Switzerland, and the UK, as well as consulting experience for UK tech startups. Ashleigh also acts as a volunteer for Grow Movement, a nonprofit helping African entrepreneurs.
Haley co-founded an app startup, Forget-me-not, while working full-time at Ernst & Young. As a Senior Associate there, she led the financial statement audits of public tech companies. At HBS, Haley is Vice Chair of the Impact Investing Interest Group, a participant in the MBA Impact Investing Network and Training Program, and a member of the Entrepreneurship and VCPE Clubs. She holds an MPA and BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.
Matt is a Business Development Manager for Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power), developing modular infrastructure solutions for rapid deployment and scalable growth. He received his BS in Engineering from Northwestern and an MBA from Kellogg. In between, he completed an MS in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
CJ is the Founder/CEO of a digital sports media company and was previously a Business Development Manager for a Chicago-based IT consulting firm. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Northwestern, where he was a captain on the Northwestern football team.
Sarah (YC’13) works in Business Operations at Tesla Energy. Previously, she was a Project Development Associate at SolarCity and head researcher for the CEO of Eurasia Group, where she built energy market investment risk models for Fortune 100 companies. Prior to that, she analyzed energy legislation for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives. Sarah holds a BA with Distinction in Political Science from Yale.
Yang (YSPH’17) is an MPH candidate at Yale School of Public Health and investment manager at AngelsGlobal, a funding platform and venture fund. At Yale, he serves as a regulatory analyst at the Institutional Review Board reviewing biomedical research applications. Previously, Yang worked at Zhen Fund, an early-stage investment firm in China. Yang received a bachelor degree in Biology and Asian Studies from Macalester College.
Casey (YC’06) works as Chief of Staff to a Mississippi congressman on the House Appropriations Committee and Majority Whip team. Previously, he was a staff member for the House Veterans Affairs Committee and legislative aide to a senior member of the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees. He holds an MBA from Mississippi State, an MA from the US Naval War College, and is also a graduate of the US Air Force Air Command and Staff College.
Sherry (YC’17) is a senior at Yale College, pursuing a BA in Economics and a certificate in Energy Studies. She interned in the finance department at Sungevity, a solar company, experiencing their announcement to go public through a reverse merger. At Yale, Sherry worked at the Office of Sustainability.
Javaughn (YC’14) works in Sales Strategy and Operations at Linkedin, providing data-driven insights and process improvements to senior sales leaders. Previously, he was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Co., where he worked on strategic projects for Fortune 500 clients and a venture fellow at Rokk3r Labs where he performed due diligence and provided support to portfolio companies. He also co-founded an e-commerce website called thevinelist.com.
Chris has been involved with Green D Ventures since 2015. Currently, he is an Investment Analyst at Trusted Insight—a fund-of-funds investing in next generation VC structures and models. Previously he worked in Corporate Development and Operational roles at Endgame, a cybersecurity startup in Washington, DC. He is a D ’11 and now serves as his class representative on the Alumni Council.
Kimmy (D’04) is founding principal of an innovation firm in Oakland, where she serves as a senior consultant for companies from technology to financial services to toys. She has over 13 years of experience in the tech sector, with a focus on product management and user experience design. Kimmy holds degrees in computer science and Spanish from Dartmouth College and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Charlie (D ’15) began working for Green D during his senior spring at Dartmouth and has been a utility player working remotely for Alumni Ventures Group since early 2017. He currently plays professional hockey in the U.K. for the Fife Flyers in the Elite Ice Hockey League and resides in Minneapolis during the summer. Charlie holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth.