Want to be a venture capitalist? The Venture Creation Advisor or VC Advisor program is open to graduate and professional school students interested in financing and evaluating student startups.
VC Advisors get hands on experience reviewing the market viability of student ventures, simulating a VC experience. They help select and fund a portfolio of student ventures in YEI’s Venture Creation Program and support these early stage venture teams by guiding them toward more resources and funding opportunities within YEI.
Each VC Advisor is paired with a VC Mentor, a professional in the Venture Capital space from a top-tier venture capital firm.
Questions? Contact Simran Dua, firstname.lastname@example.org.
*NOTE: Applications are closed for the 2013-2014 school year.*
2013-2014 VC Advisors
Nicholas Bagg is a second year MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. He has experience in theadvertising and marketing industries, was an advisor to numerous startups, and spent the summer at Bowery Capital researching venture investment opportunities. Prior to attending Yale, Nicholas received a Master of Finance degree from Loyola College in Maryland and a Master of Applied Economics degree from Johns Hopkins University. Nicholas lives in New Haven with his wonderful wife, Patricia, and his rambunctious dog, Starscream.
Alex Chittim began his career at Infinity Pharmaceuticals analyzing clinical data and developing an integrated data warehouse. He moved into business development in 2011, researching small molecule acquisition targets in the oncology and inflammation space. In late 2012, Alex joined the startup data integration firm Data Tamer as Sales and BD Lead. There, Alex worked with Google Ventures and NEA to push through Data Tamer’s Series A financing and signed three Fortune 500 companies to pilot contracts. Alex graduated Bowdoin College in 2008 with a degree in mathematics and economics.
Simran Dua graduated from New York University in 2005 and began her career at JPMorgan, where she had the opportunity to work in Private Wealth Management, Emerging Markets and Public Finance Investment Banking. During the credit crisis, she resigned to support a family member's fledgling company. Once the organization was fully operational, Simran took off on an adventure through South America. Six months later she returned to New York committed to understanding the power of consumerism. She spent two years at Unilever focusing on consumer research, ecommerce and social media analytics. She is currently a rising second year at the Yale School of Management with a strong interest in entrepreneurship and purposeful consumption.
Chris Fleming is an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management and brings to YEI experience in both the private and public sectors. After graduating from Columbia in 2008 he spent three years at Booz & Co. in New York. There he specialized in organizational change and the interplay of corporate culture and strategy. He then joined a national nonprofit, Immigration Equality, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies to pass immigration legislation that would benefit lesbian and gay families in the US. Chris is passionate about the role of entrepreneurship in fueling economic growth and maximizing the creative capital of the Yale community.
Cassandra Kerr is a first year MBA student at the Yale School of Management. She is passionate about innovative technology and the impact it can have on people’s lives. Prior to attending Yale SOM, Cassandra spent two years as a Senior Analyst at Commonfund Capital, a private equity and venture capital fund of funds based in Wilton, CT. She started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Barclays Capital in the Public Finance Group, based in New York City, and was promoted to Associate in 2011. Cassandra graduated with dual degrees in Economics and Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008.
Tahira Rehmatullah is a second-year MBA student at the Yale School of Management, where she is focused on impact investing, social entrepreneurship and real estate. Tahira received her undergraduate degree from Ohio State University, graduating with a major in finance and minor in science. Prior to SOM, Tahira worked for City First Enterprises (CFE), a DC-based incubator of community development solutions, serving as a program manager for CFE’s mission-finance real estate portfolio. Before CFE, Tahira spent four years with Perry Capital, a hedge fund based in NYC, as an asset-backed securities research associate, and worked for Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Advisory practice. This past summer, Tahira was an Associate on the Global Portfolio team at Acumen, a nonprofit global venture fund, in the NYC office. At Acumen, Tahira focused on investment partnerships and generating pipeline opportunities for Acumen’s primary investment portfolios (agriculture, education, energy, health, housing, water and sanitation).