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James G. Boyle, Ph.D., Managing Director
Jim Boyle is a co-founder and the Managing Director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), a business/educational unit within Yale University with the mission of mentoring students with new venture ideas. Prior to forming YEI, Boyle was previously responsible within the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) for the licensing and venture startup of a number of engineering-based technologies. Before joining OCR, he developed and actively managed the University's largest corporate research alliance, managing a large array of both Yale and external scientists in bioimaging-based collaborations. Earlier, Boyle co-founded and grew a predictive analytics consulting practice, providing both technical and pricing guidance on new product development to a wide array of Fortune 1000 companies in the scientific equipment industry.
Boyle began his entrepreneurial career while still a Yale graduate student, developing novel instruments for characterizing trace biomolecules with the support of the National Institutes of Health, and later commercializing these devices through a wide array of OEM partnerships as part of a Yale startup.
Brita Belli, Communications Officer
Brita Belli is working jointly with the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and the Office of Cooperative Research as their Communications Officer. She has a strong background in journalism and is the author of The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates (Seven Stories Press). She was the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine and her articles have appeared on the websites of the New York Times, National Geographic and the Union of Concerned Scientists, Environmental Health News, MSN.com, Alternet.com, Tech Page One and Txchnologist.com as well as in many print publications.
Alena Gribskov, Program Director
Alena Gribskov, Program Director, leads extracurricular programs to recruit, instruct, and support student entrepreneurs. As director of the flagship Summer Fellowship, she has designed YEI’s lean startup-based bootcamp program focused on imparting actionable tactics to create and launch new business ventures. In addition to the Summer Fellowship, Alena has created new programs for entrepreneurial students such as the YEI Tech Bootcamp, a ten-week program to teach Yale students how to code web applications from the ground up, and “Start Something at Yale,” a series of extracurricular workshops on lean startup fundamentals and tactics for applying them to early-stage entrepreneurial pursuits. Each academic year, she recruits to campus and hosts a number of successful entrepreneurs who share their entrepreneurial experiences, as well as networking events and skills workshops to connect and instruct Yale student entrepreneurs.
Alena has a B.A. from Yale University and was a Fellow at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, where she cofounded a digital publishing startup. Previously, she worked at the west coast office of Writers House Literary Agency, the leading independent book agency in the US.
Richard Hunt, Venture Mentor-in-Residence
Richard Hunt (SOM '81) is Managing Partner, 77 West Consulting, and Assistant Adjunct Professor at NYU, teaching Marketing. Previously, Mr. Hunt was Vice President, Marketing, for SharedBook Inc., a publishing technology startup; he brings over 30 years of consumer marketing experience from roles of increasing responsibility in publishing, advertising, entertainment, and online retailing.
Mr. Hunt was also Vice President, Account Director, with McCann Relationship Marketing/Princeton. During his career, he has held positions with Time Warner, Sony, Universal Music and Kraft Foods. His work for nonprofit organizations includes entrepreneurship mentoring at NYU-Stern and at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, along with work for the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, The Harvard Club of New York City, and The First Tee. He holds an MBA from Yale University and an AB from Harvard College.
Joseph C. Lane, Director, YEI Mentor Network
Joseph C. Lane ('75), a founding principal of Sinter Partners, is a strategic investor and business advisor. He served as chief executive officer of GE Technology Finance. Joe was also an owner, chairman and CEO of Hyphos360, a database management and direct marketing services provider.
Previously, Joe was president of IBM Credit Corporation, group executive - IBM Global Financing, and senior vice president of IBM. As head of the world’s largest information technology financing business, he was responsible for a $40 billion enterprise operating in over 40 countries. He was a member of IBM’s Operations Committee, Worldwide Management Council and Senior Management Group.
For nearly 20 years, Joe was with GATX Capital Corporation, and directly involved with financing of aircraft, locomotives and railcars, power production and transmission, real estate and technology. He ultimately served as president and chief executive officer of GATX Capital. He was chairman of Sun Financial Corporation, chairman of Centron, DPL, and a director of Oxford Finance. Joe's earlier career included investment banking, and his experience with capital markets worldwide involved serving on boards of directors and advisory boards in Europe, Asia and North America.
Joe is chairman of OnePak, Inc., vice chairman of US Inspect and vice chairman of the South Bronx Educational Foundation. He currently serves on the boards of Accruit, Sun Print Management, LLC, and The Inner City Foundation for Charity and Education. Joe is a mentor for the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, and an associate fellow of Davenport College at Yale University where he earned his BA in American history.
Margaret Lee, Community Coordinator
Margaret Lee, Comunity Coordinator, is involved in VCP outreach efforts, applications review, programming, and instructing. Additionally, she serves as the main point person for YEI's newest incubator space in the heart of Yale's campus, managing membership and event programming. Margaret holds a B.A. from Yale University, and during her time at Yale, was a marketing intern with YEI, ran an international Model U.N. conference, and spent summers working at startups in Denver and London.
Erika Smith, Deputy Director
Erika Smith is the Deputy Director at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, where she helps to expand entrepreneurial opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni. Erika was formerly the senior director of investments with the Center for Innovative Technologies in Virginia. In addition to a strong early stage investment background, she has worked for a number of years in establishing ties with technologists at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and other universities and has taught commercialization courses on medical product development at the National Institutes of Health to the organization’s intramural research teams. Erika holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Bill Wiesler, Director of New Ventures
Bill Wiesler is the Director of New Ventures in the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) at Yale University, where he has been since 2002. Dr. Wiesler works with Yale faculty and students to form new ventures based on Yale technologies of all types, including biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, cleantech, and software. Since 2003, Yale has spun out 40 new companies that have raised over $550 million in venture investment. He has played a key role in recruiting entrepreneurs and capital for over half of these ventures and has held numerous Board and Observer seats. He currently serves on the board of P2 Sciences, a specialty chemicals company, and serves as a Board Observer of Oasys Water, a water desalination company, and of Hadapt, Inc., a database analytics software company.
Prior to joining Yale’s OCR, Dr. Wiesler was with McKinsey & Company, where he served senior management at four of the top ten global pharmaceutical companies on a range of strategic and business development issues. Prior to McKinsey, Dr. Wiesler was with Radius Ventures, a startup and early-stage venture capital firm focused on the health and life sciences industry. Earlier, Dr. Wiesler had research positions at Cadus Pharmaceutical Corp., where he headed drug discovery, and at University of Colorado, where he was an American Cancer Society fellow. Dr. Wiesler is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and earned both an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University.
Kimberly Zaweski, Operations
Kimberly Zaweski serves as the immediate point of contact and source of information to students, faculty and other members of the Yale community about the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and its programs and activities. Kim works directly on all events and YEI programs, including the summer fellowship, and academic year speaker visits.
Kim also oversees the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute's Venture Creation Program (VCP), along with Mentor in Residence Rick Hunt, designed to incubate early-stage Yale startups throughout the academic year and during the summer.
Preceding her work at Yale University, Zaweski served as a Photo Editor at Weekly Reader Magazine, the educational magazine designed for elementary, middle school and high school students, where she worked directly with editorial and production groups, art directors and photographers in creating and managing photo lay outs.