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New York Fellows

Adrian Cunanan ,ThriveStreams

Adrian is the founder ofThriveStreams, a company that empowers and inspires individuals to realize their unique potential in order to create a better world. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BS in Economics and a Minor in Computer Science. He has a passion for art, music and all things creative. 5o% Technologist. 50% Entrepreneur. 100% Inspired. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Alex Shashou ,ALICE

After 18 years in London, Alex moved to the US where he received his under­ graduate BSc from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) with a dual degree in Finance and OPIM. After one year as an equity sales analyst at Gold­ man Sachs, Alex decided it was time to fulfill his passion, jumping fulltime into ALICE, a Hospitality Technology company he co-founded. This is the third in a line of startups Alex has been involved in, after StudentEat and Zing Zing.Alex remains a diehard soccer enthusiast and Arsenal Football Club fan. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Arnaud Collery ,Media and Entertainment Start up Hub

Graduate of Chinese (fellowship), Japanese, American and French U. in liberal arts and business. Worked as military officer, trading floor broker, idea generator for a political cartoonist in NY, head of a communication firm in Paris, Cartier jewels salesman in Tokyo, EU congressman right hand man in Brussels,..or comedy teacher in villages in Tanzania. It makes sense for a native French guy right? He is also a SAG actor and awarded filmmaker. He's back from Cape Town where he was an EIR at the first techubator in SA. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Christopher Gallant ,The Bronx Brewery

Chris is the General Manager of The Bronx Brewery, a craft brewery that creates exceptional pale ales. His journey in the food and beverage industry has taken him throughout the Americas, to exotic locations like Sao Paulo, Brazil and Parsippany, NJ, before settling in the South Bronx. Chris began his career as a software engineer, but quickly realized his ineptitude at programming and took a different route. He has worked with Bain & Company and Heineken International, and holds an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Cynthia Schames ,AbbeyPost

Cynthia is an experienced business developer with 15+ years in enterprise software sales and ecommerce. She was for­merly the founder and CEO of luxury ecommerce site La Boite Orange, which became the world's largest consignor of Hermes Birldn bags. The company was bootstrapped, profitable in the first year and generated $2M-$2.5M+ revenue for 6 years. Cynthia's long history of start-upsludes PHG (Greycroft), Toutapp (500 Startups), Equilibrium, Alcheme­ dia and Cybergold. She is also a startup advisor and loves connecting people. She is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Elena Avramov ,Seelna

Elena is a business-minded optimist, health and wellness junkie and leadership enthusiast. She has worked as a blogger and writer, management consultant, internal strategy guru and independent advisor to companies such as Weight Watchers and The Ornish Spectrum. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania. She is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Emily R. Washkowitz ,Shareswell

As an early member of the StyleCaster Media Group team, Emily Washkowitz has experience in leading a company through growth and financing. As the Director of Client Services and Operations, Emily managed projects for global media initiatives generating over $4 million in revenue. Emily also developed the company's sales processesluding inventory management, product development and campaign analytics. Emily holds a B.A. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University and is a 2014 MBA candidate at Columbia University. She is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Hilah Almog ,

Hilah is a woman of many talents. Graduating from Duke with a degree in International Studies, Economics and Journalism, she went on to work in video production and development at Discovery Communications. Now, she works at Interlude, an interactive video technology company. Lover of board games, fashion, and, like all good Israeli Minnesotans, competitive barrel racing. She is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Jason Blanck ,Broodr

Jason is an entrepreneur and strategic leader of global web and business development teams. He has launched and managed multiple companies, developed ecommerce marketplaces, emerging technologies, such as The Fancy and, and has passionately focused on revenue generating and disruptive business models. Jason holds a Masters Degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and a B.S. from Cornell University. He is an avid tennis player, start-up mentor, apparel company founder, and aspiring Jeopardy! He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Jay Stone ,

Jay is a digital strategy & technology consultant who has worked with clientele across the Fortune 5000, public and non-profit sectors applying innovative technological solutions to their most complex business challenges. He is currently leading the $4.5 billion Hurricane Sandy public assistance recovery program for the City of New York.Jay is an MBA graduate of the NYU Stern School of Business, where he was a Harvey Beker Scholar and Graduate Fellow of the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship.Jay is also a Beatbox Artist and was a Hollywood Week Finalist on American Idol. He is Co-Founder of the vocal/beatbox duo Bagels 'n Box, vocal percussionist for a cappella group NYC Sharp and collaborator with several ensembles around New York City, where he lives, eats, beats, and repeats. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Jonathan Wasserstrum ,TheSquareFoot

Jonathan is the Co-Founder and CEO of TheSquareFoot-an online commercial real estate company. Previously, he worked in the International Capital Group at Jones Lang LaSalle. Jonathan grew up in Texas and has a BA from Emory University and an MBA from Columbia University. He likes bour­ bon, brass lines, and buffalo wings. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Kelechi Anyanwu ,

Kelechi is a savvy marketer who is using her passion for entrepreneurship to solve problems. She has worked on a number of startup ideas ranging from a website geared towards young professionals to a fitness business that brought exercise into the workplace. More recently, Kelechi spent her summer interning as a Product Marketer at IT monitoring company Datadog, where she authored case studies and whitepapers to help boost traffic by more than 50% in two months. Kelechi graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics and will finish her studies at Columbia Business School in 2014. She is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Kendall Herbst ,StyleUp

Kendall likes fashion...a lot. She is one of Conde Nast's youngest editors ever, serving as Lucky magazine's fashion news editor at 24 -years-old. She is obsessed with helping women make fashion fun. Recently, she graduated with her MBA from MIT Sloan and participated in Y Combinator's W 2013 batch. She is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Krzysztof Sitko ,Aegle

Krzysztof is an explorer who loves new experiences and often daydreams about his next big journey. He likes to document his (mis)adventures through photography and drawing. When not thinking of adventure, he obsesses with ideas on improving peo­ ple's lives and wearable technologies. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Matthew Johnston ,Bialanx

Matt is an electrical engineer living in New York City. He works mainly on enabling technology platforms for life sciences applications. He currently leads Bialanx, an emerging bioelectronics company. Matt was previously a co-founder of Helixis, a successful early-stage company developing novel instrumentation for real-time PCR. Matt holds a BS from Caltech and MS and PhD degrees from Columbia University. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Nayeem Hussain ,Keen Home

Nayeem spent the majority of his career working in corporate finance for a large technology company. He first scratched his entrepreneurial itch by investing in real estate and eventually founding a real estate investment company. While in business school, he embraced his passion for tech and disruptive ideas by co-founding a company focused on innovating for the connected home. Now a full-time entrepreneur, Nayeem has embraced the challenge and also the NYC start­ up community. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Obi Onyejekwe ,Nito

Obi Onyejekwe, Founder & CEO: A successful and creative visionary with fifteen years of experience in the entertainment industry both client side and with agencies. Directed and wrote numerous network campaigns that directly resulted in significantreases in viewership and brand enhancement. Obi is an experienced leader with a history of building and managing teams of 20+ professionals on large commercial and multimedia campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Rachel Hofstetter ,Guesterly

Rachel Mount Hofstetter was so inspired by the entrepreneurs she wrote about as a magazine editor that she took the leap herself: she co-founded guesterly, the one of a kind magazine that connects and celebrates every one at an event. She's the author of Cooking Up a Business, coming this fall from Penguin, and an alum food editor at titlesluding 0, the Oprah Magazine and Reader's Digest. She counts running the NYC marathon as one of the best days of her life. She is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Rajeev Chhajer ,Last-Bench!

Rajeev Chhajer is the Cofounder at Last-Bench!, a startup focusing on applied learning leveraging digital content and delivery. Prior to Last-Bench!, he worked at Honda R&D, Americas. where he was a senior consultant leading the  web  technologies  initiative  for  North  America.  Rajeev has also worked at TCS. He is an expert in strategy and team-building. He holds a degree in Business Essentials from The Wharton School and an Engineering degree from Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai. He is a scuba diver and enjoys playing squash. He is passionate about cars and dreams to build a self-driving car for Mumbai. Through his startup, Rajeev’s goal is to build a continuous, actionable, guided and FUN learning eco-system for an individual learner to enable personal and professional growth. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Reuben Doetsch ,Greatist

Reuben Doetsch is a serial entrepreneur and technologist. He co-founded Sportaneous, a mobile booking and discovery platform for fitness activities, which won the NYC BigApps competition and the White House's Champions of Change award. Sportaneous recently was acquired by Grea­ tist, where Reuben became CTO + head of product. Prior to startups he went to Columbia University where he majored in CS and Philosophy, and worked at Microsoft and JP Morgan. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Richard Liang ,BUZZtheBar

Richard has been an entrepreneur se high school, and financed his college tuition by reselling Dell computers on eBay. The company was sold in pursuit of the most noble of professions - investment banking, then private equity. Richard grew up in Brooklyn, went to high school a few minutes from ground zero and was in French class when it happened. He has a math degree from the University of Michi­ gan and an MBA from Columbia. He is the founder of Preo, an app that lets you order & pay for food and drinks on your phone. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Sean Petterson ,Strong Arm Technologies

Sean Petterson is CEO/Founder of StrongArm Technologies, a company changing the industrial world by de­ sign, one worksite at a time. Sean's an Industrial Designer whose approach is design in the real-world first, not in the studio. His goal is to translate user input into a holistic solution designed by the end user, not the designer. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Shala Burroughs ,Women Innovate Mobile

Shala Burroughs is the Executive Director of Women Innovate Mobile's Accelerator. Prior to her foray into tech, Shala was an Intelligence Officer with the Department of Homeland Security. Don't worry about her getting to know you she's been reading your e-mails for years. Shala holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College, is married to the most patient husband in the world, and loves to spend time with her hot mess of a beagle, Kona. She is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Shelli Trung ,Investors Beat

Shelli Trung is the founder of Investors Beat, a magazine for real estate investors. Prior to Investors Beat, she worked at a range of corporate businesses in the medical, education and banking sectors, where she led business improvement and marketing projects. Shelli has also worked with a number of startups, mentoring in the areas of business development, public relations and branding. She is also a seasoned real estate investor, having bought, renovated and sold real estate internationally.  Shelli is listed as one of the Top 10 female startup entrepreneurs in Australia and holds a degree in neuroscience from The University of Melbourne. She is passionate about helping real estate investors and entrepreneurs grow their business and invest wiser. Shelli is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Stefanos Missailidis ,Fiestah

Virginia Tech grad. Ex-Accenture consultant. This eccentric, logistics obsessed, handsome fellow hails from Ethiopia, was raised in Virginia, and is currently living in the much loved city of New York. Passionslude: FOOD (cooking & eating); CULTURE (30+ countries visited & 3+ languages spoken); HEALTH (Paleo, Crossfit, Yoga, and Soccer); and most of all FAMILY (100+ direct members to keep track of). Today he is worldng on cleaning up the logistical nightmare that is event planning. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Sudheer Someshwra ,ViralTag (formerly Pingraphy)

Sudheer Someshwara is the Founder of ViralTag, a Marketing Platform for Visual content. He co-founded two startups prior to ViralTag and learned a lot through their failures. Sudheer is passionate about technology, obsessed with usability and user experience, and is an advocate of Lean Startup priples. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Swarna Kuruganti ,WellWatch7

Swarna Kuruganti is the Founder of WellWatch7, a mobile service to help self manage Asthma. She is applying experiences over her 15+ year career in process improvemtn/innovation, cost reduction and business development to apply cross industry best practices to innovate. Swarna was previ­ously Director, Global Business Services at AB-lnbev. Prior to that, Swama worked at PwC and E&Y's MCS practices assisting clients with problems in Shared Services, Strategic Business development, CRM and Technology. A recent series of personal events led to Swarna taking some personal time, and to the inspiration of WellWatch7. She is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Todd Wahnish ,Aarting

Todd Wahnish is the Founder of He is an award winning artist, animator and product designer who has created numerous works for Marvel Entertainment, Cartoon Network, artist Jeffkoons and many others. He holds a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art, is married to his beautiful co-founder and loves making things people want through story-centered design. He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Trina DasGupta ,Single Palm Tree Productions

Trina is the CEO of Single Palm Tree Productions (SPT), a company dedicated to leveraging entertainment for global understanding. SPT's main project is America Meet World, a destination site for international comedy. Prior to SPT, Trina's career spanned the television, non-profit, political and mobile industries -luding working with MTV Networks, building the world's first mobile social network for HIV prevention, and using business solu­ tions to close the mobile phone gender gap. When not traveling or devouring pop culture, Trina loves lived meditation. She is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.


Vipin Goyal, SideTour

Vipin Goyal is the Founder & CEO of SideTour, a venture-backed startup in New York that is aimed at providing unique experiences. SideTour was named one of the coolest startups in New York, and was accepted into Techstars last year. He was previously Vice President of Business Development at Joost, where he was responsible for content acquisition, distribution partnerships, and international expansion. Before joining Joost, Vipin was Director of Strategy and Business Development at MTV Networks International, where he played a key role in driving the growth of MTV’s businesses across Europe, Asia and Latin America. He also led the strategy, business development and research functions at MTV Networks in India for two years. Vipin also served as a Business Analyst in the Chicago and Mumbai offices of McKinsey & Company, where he worked with companies in telecom, retail, manufacturing and financial services on issues related to strategy, M&A and operations. Vipin holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Benjamin McKean, Savored

Ben is the founder of Savored, a venture-backed media marketing company that provides a private market for restaurants to price promote their excess capacity. As founder, he has solidified consumer side partnerships totaling distribution of hundreds of thousands of consumers in New York City. Previously, he worked in investment banking for Merrill Lynch’s global technology group, covering internet and digital media companies. Prior to Merrill, Ben founded CheapSummerHelp LLC, a service referral company that employed over 30 workers and generated over $540,000 of annualized sales. He sold the company in December 2007. Ben was named one of the 25 people to watch in tech in New York. He is a 2008 graduate of Georgetown University, where he was on the Varsity Baseball team and graduated with a political economy degree.He was selected as a 2011 Fellow to the Startup Leadership Program.

Phil Kim, Bundle

Phil Kim is CTO of Bundle. Prior to joining Bundle, he founded Oncero, a web consulting and product development company with two products, RecruiterCircle and Career Grub. Phil has been working with web technology for over ten years, including digital initiatives for Major League Baseball, Thomson Reuters, and Google. After graduating from undergrad he worked at Scient and Razorfish before getting a business degree. Phil holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science from MIT.

Sarah Lensing, SpotOn

Sarah is a recent NYU grad with a degree in Economics and Computer Science. She is co-founder of SpotOn. During the day she works full-time as a Mobile Developer for Fuzz Productions. She was selected as a 2011 Fellow to the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Gauri Manglik, Fondu & SpotOn

Gauri Manglik is a recent grad of NYU and the CEO & Co-founder of SpotOn ( SpotOn gives you personalized recommendations for where to go next based on your check-ins. She founded this company during her senior year in college and recently quit her job in Finance to be a full time entrepreneur. She also co-organizes the NY Tech Meetup Student Group and the Location Based Apps Meetup.

Alex Bisignano, Co-founder and CTO, Recombine

Alex Bisignano is a Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for Recombine, a genetic testing company which tests couples before pregnancy to help reduce genetic disease. In late 2009 he founded Cromosoft, which provided high-end bioinformatic solutions for molecular genetic data. Alex is an experienced computer programmer with knowledge of most major web development languages, and combines his experience in web development with his knowledge of bioinformatics to provide simple, interactive, and easy to use programs for genetic analysis. Previously, Alex worked as a consultant for Credit Suisse where he was responsible for improving the performance of large internal database systems. Alex graduated with an A.B. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University. He is a 2012 fellow in the Start-up Leadership Program class in New York.

Joshua Levitt, Co-Founder & Managing Director at

Joshua Levitt is the Co-Founder & Managing Director at He holds responsibility for overseeing operations, creating company vision and executing business strategy. Josh has been a successful entrepreneur in various industries with a focus on operating and building small businesses. He has several years of experience with the reseller channel in the Networking Industry and is the author of “Green Your Network,” a blog focused on network hardware as it relates to the green IT movement. As an entrepreneur, he most recently exited a successful business in the food & beverage industry and in 2006 returned to the Internet hardware space to help launch He holds a dual B.A/B.S. degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a 2012 fellow in the Start-up Leadership Program class in New York.

Sunthar Premakumar, Nfoshare

Sunthar currently works for the Medical Devices Division of W.L.Gore and Associates as a Design Engineer. Sunthar co-founded Nfoshare, an education related start-up based in Delaware which aims to help students study better by connecting student questions with their Professors, TAs, tutors and fellow classmates. He also co-founded Edyouco, another education related start up that incorporates gamification techniques that incentivize middle school and high school students to ask and answer class related questions. Sunthar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Robotics from University of Pennsylvania. In his free time you find Sunthar playing cricket, recording songs or filming music videos and short films. He is a 2012 fellow in the Start-up Leadership Program class in New York.

Sonia Kapadia, co-founder and CEO of Taste Savant

Sonia Kapadia is Founder and CEO of Taste Savant, a Restaurant Discovery Site. Taste Savant helps people find new restaurants to eat out at by aggregating critics’ reviews and coupling them with your friends’ recommendations. Taste Savant is in Private Beta at the moment. Prior to launching Taste Savant, Sonia worked at numerous consumer facing companies and has deep experience in Brand Management, Marketing, and General Management. She spent 5 years at PepsiCo in the US and the UK. She had the entrepreneurial itch and left Pepsi to become CMO of a consumer products startup in the UK called Gu Chocolate Desserts ( which was sold in 2010 to another private company. Beyond consumer products, she also has spent time in fashion and retail. She was a Strategy Manager at Henri Bendel (owned by Limited Brands) and was a Marketing Director at Rent the Runway, managing Business Development and Partnerships. She has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York City.

Lindsey Markelz, Co-Founder CharityGiftMarket & Director of UrbanPromise International (Social Enterprise)

Lindsey Markelz is the Co-Founder of CharityGiftMarket and Director of UrbanPromise International (UPI). After serving in the Peace Corps, Lindsey started working with UPI, a start-up non-profit, in 2008. In December 2010, Lindsey developed the vision for, an aggregate e-commerce website where Charities sell merchandise to support their cause. By the spring of 2011, CharityGiftMarket was in pilot phase with a live site, partnering with charities and helping to sell their products and promote their work. Lindsey holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about finding ways to increase the sustainability of charitable efforts that address some of the worlds most pressing needs. She is a 2011-12 fellow in the New York chapter of the Start-up Leadership program.

Kelsey Recht, InstEvent

Kelsey Recht is the Founder & CEO of, a venue booking platform that is a cross between AirBNB and Seamless. Prior to InstEvent she worked at Sears Holdings where she invested in retail start-ups and worked on business development and operations. Kelsey has also worked at Fidelity Investments and OneWed. She is an expert in event planning, marketing, business development and finance. She has personally signed up 125 venues for InstEvent, self funded the company and started generating revenue in just a few short months. She has an MBA with honors from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA from Williams College. She loves checking out new spaces in NYC and is passionate about making it easier and faster for event organizers and venues to connect. She is 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Michael Lewis, Fondu

Mike Lewis is the co-founder and CTO of Fondu, a platform for sharing where to drink and dine. Prior to that, he was the CEO of eventLo, a recommendation service for public events. Before startups, Mike worked at Lutron Electronics, building the system that controls every light in the New York Times building. Mike is an expert in systems engineering, web architecture and tech recruiting. He holds an M.S. in Computer Engineering from RIT. Mike has published several papers regarding to telemedicine, wireless communication, and software best-practices. He is also a NextNY Fellow and an active member of Mensa. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, travel, motorcyles, and tennis. Mike is passionate about increasing the pace of global technological development. He is a 2012 Fellow and Co-Program Leader in the Startup Leadership Program in New York City.

Ryan Cochran, New Leaf Venture Partners

Ryan started his career in investment banking at Citigroup, where he focused on strategic transactions in the broad healthcare, consumer, and retail industries. In April 2010, he joined New Leaf Venture Partners, joining a team that has invested over $1.3 billion in over 100 healthcare technology companies. At New Leaf he is an analyst focusing across all healthcare sectors including biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, and healthcare IT. Ryan has also previously worked as an intern with TowerBrook Capital Partners, a large private equity fund focused on leveraged buyouts and growth transactions. Ryan is a graduate of the the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned degrees in both biology and finance and performed independent research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a 2012 fellow in the Start-up Leadership Program class in New York.

James Lin, Founder, Method Education

James Lin is the founder of Method Education, a startup with a mission of providing high quality online education at a low price. James started his career as a options trader on the floor of the NYSE Arca. Most recently he specialized in automated options market making. His former employers include Morgan Stanley and Cutler Group. James received his BS in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is involved as an angel investor and consultant in several startups ranging from retail to technology. His hobbies include snowboarding and theater. James is a 2012 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York City.

Marshall Cox, Chromation & Radiator Labs

Marshall Cox s a founder and acting CEO of two Columbia University startups: Chromation, a company developing a novel miniature spectrometer, and Radiator Labs, a company commercializing a radiator retrofit for building heating efficiency. Marshall was also the first non-founding employee at QD Vision, a high-tech startup spun out of MIT. He is an expert in organic electronics and thin-film systems integration. Marshall holds a masters and bachelors degree in Materials Science and Engineering, and is pursuing his PhD in electrical engineering at Columbia University. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York City.

Max McDonnell, Lonny Magazine

Max McDonnell is the current CEO of Lonny Magazine, A New York based online interior design publication. Max started at the company as an intern while consulting for several other New York based web startups in the summer of 2010. He joined Lonny full time as their CIO and moved up to CEO a few months later. Outside of Lonny Max serves on the board at Jack Robie an online clothing company, and continues general consulting work and minor side projects. Max attended Bucknell university. He is a 2012 fellow in the Start-up Leadership Program class in New York.

Scott Pollack, Founder, PriceJuicer

Scott Pollack is a co-founder of PriceJuicer, a price optimization tool that takes the guess work out of pricing tickets to events by allowing event organizers to dynamically adjust ticket prices in real-time. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of Hot Pot Culinary Events, a social cooking events company based in NYC. Scott began his startup career as a Java developer, rising from college intern to CIO of UVentures, a startup that was acquired in 2003. Scott has also worked as a Senior Manager of Business Development at American Express, signing and leading partnership deals with Costco, DirecTV, Sovereign Bank, and others. Prior to American Express, Scott was responsible for a $30MM sales distribution partnership pipeline at Dow Chemical. He has a degree in Finance and Information Systems from NYU Stern. Scott is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Joseph Musumeci, Founder, Yardup

Joe Musumeci is the founder of YardUp, a biology and research based gardening and landscaping service. Joe has previous startup experience serving as the CFO of DormAid, LLC from 2006-2008. He most recently worked as a pharma/biotech consultant with Insight Strategy Advisors where he managed both domestic and international teams. Prior to joining ISA, Joe worked as an investment banker in M&A with Harris Williams & Co. He also has investment experience working in private equity at Wells Fargo & Co. where he was the group’s sole financial analyst for the U.S. market. Joe has additional consulting experience with Vantage Partners, a consulting firm focusing in partnerships and joint ventures. Finally, he originally gained familiarity with the pharma industry at Eisai Pharmaceuticals. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a focus in Biochemistry from Harvard University, where he served as the co-founder of the Harvard College Real Estate Club. He is a 2012 fellow in the Start-up Leadership Program class in New York.

Shaun So, Co-Founder & CEO, Cubby Inc.

Shaun is the founder and CEO of Cubby, a urban logistics company where New York City travellers can drop off their bags for a short amount of time and have it couriered back to them wherever they are. Before making the switch to the entrepreneurial word, Shaun worked for the U.S. Defense Department as an Intelligence Officer. He formally served under the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff as a policy analyst before enlisting in the Army Reserves in the Military Intelligence Corps in 2003. He served in Afghanistan in 2005 and has over nine years of experience as a counter-terrorism and intelligence professional in both civilian and military capacities. Shaun has his BA from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business, Honors Program. Shaun is an outdoor enthusiast and when not hustling his start-up, he can often be found somewhere on the world’s mountain ranges. Shaun is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Vipul Lakhi, MyTrioRings

Vipul has been involved in entrepreneurship as far back as he can remember, from selling toys on the school playground as a child to his current venture,, where he designs and e-tails diamond and gold wedding rings. He has founded several business spanning the globe, some of which have been highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, CNBC and other national media. Vipul’s skills as a serial entrepreneur have made him a mentor to many others in his community. In his remaining free time, Vipul enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, skiing, and water sports. He is a 2012 fellow in the Start-up Leadership Program class in New York.

Roanna Kong, Rabbit Labs

Roanna Kong is co-founder of Rabbit Labs, an e-learning company developing applications for disadvantaged students that leverages off of advances in gamification theory and the democratization of technology to bridge the divide between students’ needs and available resources. Roanna is also Senior Strategist and Lead Business Architect at Standard Medical Acceptance, an angel-funded startup using a patent-pending valuation technology to develop a number of new financial products for the heathcare financing and banking market. At SMA, she works closely with development and QA, coordinating between the business and the tech sides of the the team. Roanna’s responsibilities include legal and regulatory research on market risks and market opportunities, and liaising with clients and business partners to deliver mutually beneficial results. She graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Organizational Management and Sustainable Development . In her free time, Roanna enjoys city exploration, gaming, arts and theater events, and is an avid (possibly even rabid) foodie. She is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program’s New York chapter.

Megan McGill, DiabeticWin

Megan McGill is the co-founder and CEO of DiabeticWin, a mobile gaming app for patients with diabetes. She is also currently an MD/PhD candidate at NYU School of Medicine in the department of biomedical imaging and studies neuroimaging in patients with epilepsy. Megan is the author of 10 peer-reviewed publications and is the recipient of American Epilepsy Society (AES) and Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) grants. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, with degrees in neuroscience, chemistry and music. Prior to medical school, Megan lived and worked in 5 different countries working in the fashion industry. An avid pianist, Megan enjoys playing chamber music and is a member of Chamber Musicians in Medicine. She is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Dmitry Koltunov, Collective Catalyst

Dmitry Koltunov the CEO of Collective Catalyst, serving as a Technical Co-Founder to seed stage ventures by leveraging over a decade of experience in technology leadership, distributed software architecture, and enterprise development. He has served in various executive positions with leading global financial institutions and has been responsible for a number of multi-million dollar development projects. Dmitry has a unique blend of corporate and startup experience. Prior to founding Collective Catalyst, Dmitry served as CTO of a fast growing SaaS Analytics provider focusing on distributed computing and big data. Dmitry has also served as SVP of Front Office Development for a multi-billion dollar hedge fund, where he built mission critical technology including the firm’s global trading platform and quantitative risk analytics. Dmitry is an expert in identifying and developing talent, and has built a number of high caliber tech teams. He teaches courses on hiring engineers at General Assembly and serves as a mentor to various growing start-ups leading the NY Chapter of the Startup Leadership Program. Dmitry earned a BSE in Computer Science as well as a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and is a graduate of the Startup Leadership Program.

Jasmeet Sawhney, RetailSpokes

Jasmeet is heading Retail Spokes, an eCommerce technology startup he recently co-founded. He is leading a team to build a Product Page Intelligence Platform that would enable small and mid market online retailers to create better product pages in a cost-effective way. His past experience includes social media technologies, marketing portals and content management systems at sanofi-aventis. He also has 4+ years of startup experience as an initial team member at marketRx, which was later acquired by Cognizant. Jasmeet holds a Masters’ degree in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a 2012 fellow in the Start-up Leadership Program class in New York.

Nayoung Lee Louie, Johns Hopkins

Nayoung Lee Louie is a project manager for the Discovery to Market at Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. She works as a liaison between MBA students and scientists from Hopkins to look at commercial feasibility of university inventions. The inventions include innovation in the areas of medical diagnostics and therapies, medical devices and health information technology. She also serves as an advisor for Health Care Business Association. Nayoung earned her undergraduate degree and Ph. D in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University with research focus in brain imaging and computational anatomy. She was a visiting scholar at UCLA, the University of Washington in Saint Louis, and the University of New South Wales in Australia as a NSF neuroengineering research fellow and a Howard Hughes summer research fellow and is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Eta Mu. She also worked as a consultant for a start-up stem cell company during graduate school. Nayoung is passionate about transforming discoveries made in academic laboratories to products in market and building entrepreneurial community in Baltimore-Washington DC area. She is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York City.

Frida Polli, MindMeasure

Dr. Frida Polli is the founder of MindMeasure a startup that takes crucial advances in cognitive neuroscience to create analytics-informed decision-making and performance- enhancement software for the human capital field. She is currently completing her second year at Harvard Business School. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, where she performed cutting-edge brain imaging research pursing biomarkers of psychiatric disease. During her fellowship, her team that won the MIT 100K Life Science track with a startup called Aukera Therapeutics, developing a novel therapuetic for Lou Gehrig’s disease. She has completed her dissertation in neuroimaging at Harvard Medical School and holds a PhD in Neurosychology from Suffolk University. Dr. Polli has over 50 conference presentation, talks and peer-reviewed papers; Her research has received several prestigious awards from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Young Investigator Award from NARSAD, and numerous awards from Harvard and MIT. She holds a BA in English/Premedical Sciences from Dartmouth College. She is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Keith McQuirter, Kingsworld

Keith McQuirter is an award winning producer and filmmaker with credits in television, narratives and commercials. After studying film and television production at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, he began his career an editor at Kingsworld Entertainment and later began producing in marketing and advertising for the companies Woo Art International, Atomic Pictures, Route 66 Productions and SapientNitro, giving him the opportunity to create content with some of the biggest brands in entertainment, apparel, food and service industries. In 2006, he transitioned into documentary filmmaking first segment producing for Current TV and in 2009, co-produced the five-part Peabody Award winning and Emmy nominated docu-series Brick City for the Sundance Channel. In 2008, Keith founded Decoder Media, LLC a transmedia company based New York City. He is a 2012 fellow in the Start-up Leadership Program class in New York.

Sumeet Verma, Urobiologics

Sumeet is a Co-Founder of Urobiologics, a young enterprise offering two services: the FirstGender Test – the earliest urine based gender determination test in the world and the PreGender Test – a urine based guide to increase the odds of conceiving the baby of a certain gender. Sumeet has a strong scientific background, an owner of a prior unrelated patent on electrophoresis technology. Additionally, as a full-time physician he’s currently Faculty Radiologist at North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center where he’s actively involved in patient care and teaching medical residents. He is a 2012 fellow in the Start-up Leadership Program class in New York.

Alan Carniol, Career Cadence

Alan is the co-founder of Career Cadence, a firm dedicated to providing its customers with career direction and the ability to market themselves. A recent graduate of the Yale School of Management where he was a co-leader of the Entrepreneurship Club, he was recognized as a Dean’s Scholar and a fellow at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. Prior to Yale, Alan was a member of the Quantitative Strategies Group at Public Financial Management. There he helped the firm launch new products and provided training and support for the firm’s consulting practice. Alan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honors in psychology.

Bedrick Gadea, Oncotargets

Bedrick received a Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Following his post-doctoral training, he developed two web-based business, and These business focus on providing clinical and economic insights into cancer research advancements and bringing together cancer patients to make better informed decisions. He has published research findings in numerous high-profile scientific journals and received a highly competitive American Cancer Society award for his accomplishments in cancer research. Furthermore, he is a Principal at a strategic life science consulting firm, where I helped develop the company’s oncology capabilities.

Jonathan Hefter, Neverware

Jonathan Hefter recently graduated from the Wharton School, where he started Neverware in his dorm room. While at Wharton, Jonathan served as class president and president of UPenn’s entrepreneurial Kairos Society. Previously, Jonathan has done product development for TicketLeap, a Philadelphia-based online ticketing start-up, as well as analysis for private equity and hedge funds in New York and Hong Kong. In his free time, Jonathan serves as a volunteer firefighter and rescue diver.

Lisa Hodges, Joint Leap

Lisa traveled to India in 2009 as a consultant for Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT). Shortly after, she co-founded Joint Leap Technologies to provide web consulting for nonprofits. She works with nonprofits to craft their communications and social media outreach. She has also led several workshops on social media and online fundraising for nonprofits. She began her career at Chicago Gateway Green, a well-established environmental nonprofit. There, she worked as the organization’s techie as well as directing marketing and sponsorship for the launch of TREEcago, a large-scale urban canopy renewal program in collaboration with the City of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2006 with a BA in Mathematics.

Sebastian Jayaraj, 10BioSystems

Sebastian Jayaraj is the co-founder and CEO of 10BioSystems, a New York city based life science/healthcare-IT scientific product development and consulting services company. Prior to this, he worked with Kosan Biosciences (a publicly traded biotech company) as the Associate Director of Information Technology and Research Informatics. He has more than 10 years of experience in the biotechnology sector and has worked in various companies and research labs including Bristol-Myers Squib, Kosan Biosciences, SGX Parma (acquired by Eli Lily), Scient Corporation and at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), India. Sebastian holds a Master of Science and Engineering degree in Computer and Information Systems from the University of Pennsylvania and a certification from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, in Executive leadership, strategy and management. He holds a triple major undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry and environmental sciences from Bangalore University, India.

Ajay Kapoor, Fresh Foundry

Ajay Kapoor is a serial entrepreneur who is currently involved in two ventures, J.W. Trading and Fresh Foundry. J.W. Trading is an import/export trading company specializing in the Chinese market, while Fresh Foundry is a Canadian-based nearshoring operation for biotech R&D projects. He is also involved in the formation of TiE ENTER, a non-profit organization that revolves around small, informal campus-based meetups between college entrepreneurs and established mentors. Prior to these ventures, Ajay was involved in starting EcoPowered Solutions, a company that produced and market a handheld solar charger device for the U.S. market. He attended the University of Michigan were he studied Biology and Political Science, with concentrations in Pre-Medical Studies and Pre-Law.

Kanchan Mirchandani Koya, SwitchBiotics

Kanchan is founder of SwitchBiotics. Prior to this, she completed her PhD at Harvard Medical School in cell, molecular and cancer biology. Her dissertation work with Dr. Alan D’Andrea focused on understanding the molecular underpinnings of Fanconi’s Anemia, an inherited childhood cancer susceptibility syndrome. Kanchan has served as co-managing director of the GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club, a student organization aimed at bridging the gap between academia and industry. During her tenure at the Harvard Biotechnology Club, she has helped raise the visibility and prize money for the annual biotechnology entrepeneurship competition and has forged alliances with leading players in the biopharmaceutical industry. Kanchan has also served as an intern with Flagship Ventures, a leading seed-stage venture creation fund in Cambridge MA helping with intellectual property assessments for a life-science start-up. Kanchan is especially interested in life-science venture creation in the developing world and in alleviating disease through innovation and technology. She was selected as a 2008 Fellow to the Startup Leadership Program in Boston, and launched and ran the program in New York in 2011. In 2011, she was named one of 25 women to watch by Venture Beat, and 30 Founders to follow on twitter by Huffington Post.

Emily Rothschild, Industrial Designer

Emily Rothschild is an Industrial Designer, she makes things. Emily is co-founder of Hello! We Are _______., a collective of artists and designers with a range of interests, experiences, and skills. Their projects address issues ranging from broadly social to intimately personal behaviors. She is interested in the human side of design Ð problem solving for individuals and communities – she aims to identify areas of our lives that are often overlooked in order to create new and lasting design solutions for everyday problems. Her focus on medication management has led to a series of new tools for the home which reflect personal needs and integrate medication into other daily routines that have to do with quality of life. She was selected as a 2009 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Boston. She holds a BA in art history from Vassar College, a certificate in Curatorial Studies from the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and a Masters of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Emily is a native New Yorker and lives there.

Matthew Shapiro, Tooble

Matt is the Chief Executive Officer of Tooble.Ê Before joining Tooble in May 2010, Matt worked with LaunchCapital, a seed stage venture capital firm, founded the Entrepreneur’s Census, a not-for-profit research effort and earned an MBA at Yale School of Management, where he received honors in Leadership and Venture Capital.Ê Prior to business school, Matt managed a subsidiary of Viva International Group, a company that manufactures and distributes fashion eyewear for 15 leading brands.

Giulia Stellari, Agsquared

Giulia is the co-founder of AgSquared LLC a start-up that is creating farm management, planning and record keeping software for farmers who are interested in better managing their farm businesses while making their farms more sustainable. Giulia holds a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Cornell and received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Harvard. She was a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York

Seni Thomas, Audience Amplify

Seni Thomas was born in Tokyo, Japan and lived throughout Southeast Asia before settling down on the island of Maui. After enduring a severe case of Island Fever he jumped ship to NYU’s Stern School of Business in New York City studying Marketing and International Business. Professionally he is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit which led to him founding a web development and computer repair company at 14. After a quarter life crisis at 15 Ð after a summer working 40 hours a week at Boeing R&D on Maui Ð he decided to pursue his other passion of marketing Ð essentially the study of people and why these crazy creatures do what they do. Interesting stuff. Since then he has dabbled in everything from launching Alternate Reality Games at Arkadium, to ethnic fashion marketing, to aiding in the launch of Verizon’s FiOS television service, and most recently launched Audience Amplify. He was a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York

Joseph Tomitz, OutNest

Joseph is the founder of OutNest, a socially aware online community that offers LGBTQA a forum for political dialogue, a source for inspired news, and a market place that endorses socially responsible businesses. For the past couple of years, Joseph has been an analyst on Citigroup’s Public Sector Vertical. His team has been at the epicenter of the financial crisis and the forefront of recovery efforts, implementing programs such as Cash for Clunkers, providing liquidity for state & local governments, and moving funds & aid around the globe for the World Bank, Federal Reserve, and United Nations. Prior to joining Citi, Joseph interned for American Express, United Nations Development Corp., and a law firm. He has also worked on promotional campaigns for several Fortune 500 companies & government agencies. He holds a BS in Finance & International Business from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He was a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York

Venture Capitalists

Rashim Gupta, Connecticut Innovations

Rashim Gupta is an investor at Connecticut Innovations, investing in startups out of CT. Prior to joining CI, he was a Manager in Corporate Development Manager at Cricket Communications, a subsidiary of Leap Wireless. In this role he performs financial analysis of business development opportunities for Cricket including M&A opportunities and strategic partnerships. Before Cricket, Rashim worked as Venture Capital Analyst at Rose Tech Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in New York City. During his work with Rose Tech Ventures, Rashim got a chance to work with some great startups in the New York City area including Comixology, Magnetic and Live Gamer. Rashim also worked at QUALCOMM in San Diego for five years developing the Push-To-Talk technology for Sprint-Nextel using BREW and Android platforms. Rashim has a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Pune, India, MS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. . He was selected as a 2011 Fellow to the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Prabhdeep Singh, NY Investment Fund

Prabhdeep Singh is currently an associate at the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF), a private $115 million civic-focused VC firm that does a combination of traditional early-stage investing, as well as investing focused on economic development in NYC. At NYCIF, he covers investments in cleantech and media. Prior to NYCIF, he was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley where he worked on large financial sponsor and strategic company transactions with technology companies and large private equity firms. Prabhdeep is also a natural entrepreneur. After working in the back-office of a doctor’s office, he co-founded a business aimed at outsourcing the billing component of small-to-medium sized medical practices. In high school, he started two businesses: breeding and selling rare Japanese fish (koi) and selling bulk lots of baseball cards online. He was a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Brian Murray, Elm City Capital

Brian is currently a founder and principal at Elm City Capital, a real estate investment firm focused on acquiring multifamily properties and delivering financial, social and environmental returns to our investors. Prior to this Brian was a partner with Winning Strategies ITS, a start-up new media and IT services firm, Brian was responsible for bringing in new business, building business processes and managing marketing accounts for the State of New Jersey, Greenhill & Co. and Lebhar Friedman. Prior to Winning Strategies ITS, Brian served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria developing private-public partnerships in the social enterprise space, founded HybriNet Inc, a start-up software company and was a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Brian is the founder and Chairman of AretŽ Youth Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization supporting leadership development in the Balkans. He graduated from The College of New Jersey in Accounting and has an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He was a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York

Sergey Nazarov, FirstMark

Sergey Nazarov is currently setting up a VC firm in Russia. Prior to this role, he was an Associate at FirstMark Capital. He focuses on investments in Infrastructure, Data & Analytics, Emerging Media and Vertical Applications. Prior to FirstMark, Sergey co-founded an online travel startup called ExistLocal. He holds an undergraduate degree from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He was a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Ming Jack Po, Columbia Medical School

Jack is currently a MD student in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, an active member of the New York Entrepreneurial scene, and involved with several efforts related to education, healthcare and non-profit reforms. He has a particular interest in technology startups, global health projects, and social entrepreneurship. He also has a Masters in Mathematics and a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He was a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York and is currently CTO.

Alok Sathaye, BCG

Alok is currently a consultant at Boston Consulting Group. Prior to this he was a healthcare management consultant with the firm Health Advances. As a Senior Analyst he works to assist biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical firms with new product commercialization strategy, product portfolio prioritization and valuation of new technologies and concepts. Prior to Health Advances, Alok was a Senior Research Scientist in Cardiac Rhythm Management division of Boston Scientific, formerly Guidant. As a Senior Research Scientist, Alok was intimately involved with the ideation, development and implementation of novel device based technologies through bench, pre-clinical and human clinical trial evaluation. He was selected as a 2008 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Boston. Alok is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where he received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and a graduate degree in cardiac tissue engineering, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Haytham Elhawary, Philips

Haytham Elhawary is co-founder of the company Hibergenica, a life science start-up out of Harvard Medical School which is aiming to commercialize a novel organ preservation technology for organ transplantation. Haytham currently works as a senior scientist in medical robotics for Philips Healthcare, and prior to this was conducting postdoctoral research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. There he was postdoctoral representative for the 800 plus postdoc community, aiding with career development and the organization of social events. Haytham holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Navarra, Spain, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London, UK. He enjoys improv comedy (although he’s not very good) and talking to Americans about European soccer clubs (he’s good at that though).

Joanna Lee, Leerink Swann

Joanna is a healthcare consultant with Strategic Advisor division at Leerink Swann in New York. Her work pharmaceutical and emerging biotechnology companies has encompassed diverse therapeutic areas, including cardiology, gastroenterology, and oncology. Her work has analysis has helped inform clients’ launch/marketing strategies, new product planning, and growth strategies in emerging areas of drug innovation. Prior to joining Leerink Swann, Joanna was a member of the founding team at Angstrom Medica (now Pioneer Surgical). She worked on new developing product platforms for novel synthetic ceramics for orthopedic devices, scale-up manufacturing, clinical and regulatory strategy, and business development. Her work led to the regulatory approval of NanOssTM, a synthetic calcium phosphate. Joanna has also been actively involved in supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s research initiatives. She was selected as a 2008 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Boston.

Ji Li, Columbia

Ji Li is a Ph.D. candidate in Genetics & Development at Columbia University. His thesis focuses on the roles of microRNAs and Notch signaling in cell fate specification. He interned with the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF), where he was responsible for evaluating technology proposals and conducting due diligence for the BioAccelerate NYC Prize. He also interned with Columbia Technology Ventures, where he facilitated technology development for a biotech startup in China. Ji served as President of Columbia Biotechnology Association, and volunteered for Wokai, a nonprofit microfinance organization focusing on China, and and co-founded a city-wide club dedicated to graduate students interested in patent law. Ji holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Peking University. He enjoys Chinese calligraphy, photography, reading, and traveling. He was selected as a 2011 Fellow to the Startup Leadership Program in New York.

Brian Gillette, Columbia University

Brian Gillette is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Sam Sia in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University ( He is also cofounder (with Dr. Sia) of Junco Labs, a startup founded to translate technologies developed in the Sia lab for commercial development. His current research focuses on developing adult stem cell therapies for wound healing, reconstructive surgery and obesity treatment. He obtained his B.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. He is a 2012 fellow in the Start-up Leadership Program class in New York.

Jimmy Lin, Rare Genomics Institute

Jimmy Cheng-Ho Lin is the Founder and CEO of Rare Genomics Institute, a non-profit biotech venture that microfunds and enables genome sequencing for children with rare and orphan diseases. Prior to RGI, he was the the lead computational biologist for the ground-breaking cancer genome sequencing efforts from the Vogelstein Lab at Johns Hopkins. Their sequencing of the first 100+ cancer exomes in 5 different tissue types has helped lay the foundation for a revolution in cancer genomics. Jimmy is an expert in next-generation sequencing, cancer genomics, and bioinformatics. He holds a BA/BS from Yale University, MHS in Bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and is completing his MD/PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His passion is to bring sequencing technologies for those in need using a sustainable social entrepreneurship model. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New York City.

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