Venture Creation Consultants

Venture Creation Consultants are graduate school students who provide business planning, financial modeling, strategy assistance, competitive assessments, market sizing, business model creation and marketing plan development to YEI startups. Accepted students receive $1,000 per semester.


Contact Lead Venture Mentor Wes Bray at for more information.

*NOTE: Applications are closed for the 2013-2014 school year.*


julie andress Julie Andress is a first year MBA Candidate at Yale School of Management (SOM). Prior to SOM, Julie worked as a Project Manager for Quirky, a consumer products startup, and she was also a LEED-certified architectural designer for mixed-use residential developments in China. As a PM at Quirky, she managed consumer product development from concept to store-shelf. She led teams of designers and engineers through the front-end development of consumer products, and also managed the sourcing, cost negotiations, contract manufacturing (OEM), and mass purchase of these products. As a YEI consultant, she looks forward to leveraging her experience in project management and contract manufacturing. She is passionate about design, urban planning, and loves to bake sweets. As a former Yale undergrad, she is excited to be back in New Haven.

megan billman Megan Billman is a first year MFA candidate in the Yale School of Art. She graduated with Honors from Brown University where she concentrated in critical theory and multimedia art production. She has studied and worked abroad in Mali, India, Nepal, Japan, Italy and the UK. Since graduating from Brown she has worked as a Production Coordinator and Art Director in New York and Boston. She will be joining YEI as a branding and design consultant for 2013-2014.

justine chan Justine Chan is a second year student at the Yale School of Management. Previously, she worked at The Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant and in their operations group. She has also worked at, a seed-stage local search startup, helping with merchant and customer acquisition strategies. Justine graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a degree in Finance and the French Culinary Institute with a Diploma in Culinary Arts. In her spare time, Justine enjoys cooking and traveling.

guatam chopra Guatam Chopra is a first year MBA student at Yale School of Management. Prior to Yale, he graduated from London School of Economics in 2009. His professional background includes work as an Operations Analyst with the World Bank Group and as a Consultant with the Government of India. During his tenure with the World Bank, he managed a diverse portfolio of 14 early stage innovative business models being supported to scale through funding and technical assistance worth USD 4 million. In his previous role with the government, he undertook techno-economic appraisals of schemes that received funding of more than USD 100 billion. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, playing badminton and cooking Indian food.

rachel cooper Rachel Cooper went on to join the product development team at OXO, a consumer products company specializing in kitchen and other household gadgets, after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Columbia University. She worked closely in the design and development of new kitchen tools, including researching market landscapes, interacting with design firms, and coordinating production with overseas suppliers. After OXO, Rachel took a role in New Product Development at Coty, managing the timelines for all innovation launches on Calvin Klein fragrances. Rachel is excited to bring her expertise in consumer products and new launches to the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.

eddy fong Eddy Fong is a first year MBA student at Yale School of Management. Prior to Yale, he worked as a financial analyst at Procter & Gamble. During his work at P&G, he successfully led a critical part of the Pringles divestiture from P&G to Kellogg, ultimately joining Kellogg as a finance manager. Post-MBA, he aspires to work in the social sector. Outside his professional life, he enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and rock climbing.

nate gorence Nate Gorence is a second year MBA at Yale School of Management. Previously, Nate worked in Washington, DC where he served as Associate Director at a leading energy think tank. There, Nate directed various aspects of strategy, research design, analysis, policy development and advocacy related to a broad range of energy and environmental issues.   However, his primary focus was developing better policy levers to bolster the country’s energy innovation ecosystem and bring new, advanced energy technologies to market. Additionally, Nate led a high-level policy initiative, the American Energy Innovation Council, which successfully brought together iconic business CEOs to articulate new and reformed strategies to improve U.S. clean energy technology innovation. This past summer, Nate interned at the Broadscale Group, a new model of investment firm working with leading energy corporations to invest in and commercialize the industry's most promising market-ready innovations. Nate holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College. Aside from energy, he is most passionate about fly fishing.

tuan ha Tuan Ha is a first year MBA student at Yale School of Management. Prior to SOM, Tuan worked in business development at Omnicell, an industry leader in healthcare technology solutions. His work ranged from designing go-to-market strategies for new products and geographies to advising on company acquisitions. In addition to his professional experience, Tuan is passionate about entrepreneurship and disruptive technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

apoorv jain Apoorv Jain is a second year MBA student at Yale School of Management. He brings in over five years of experience in life sciences and pharmaceuticals strategy and consulting. Apoorv started his career with the Europe Strategic Planning team of Dr. Reddy’s, where he assisted the senior management with performance improvement, market entry and business planning. Later, he worked as an Associate with the Life Sciences team of Monitor Group and gained expertise in insurance, medical devices and biopharmaceuticals. Prior to coming to Yale, he established a medical tourism company, AADI MediTour, which was featured in the WSJ India in 2011. Apoorv received his Master’s in business management from XLRI Jamshedpur and graduated with High Honors in chemical engineering.

joe nagle Joe Nagle is a student at the Yale School of Management. His interests include the practice of design (including web, graphic, brand, interface, packaging, and product design), UX/UI, HCI, general brand strategy, and innovation consulting. His previous employers include a Madison Avenue advertising agency, the William J. Clinton Foundation, and the World Economic Forum. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University.


andrej pavlovic Andrej Pavlovic is a first year MEM student at Yale focusing on the intersection between energy and finance. Andrej is involved with Yale’s Center for Business and the Environment and is Director of Finance for the Yale Environmental Film Festival (EFFY). Prior to Yale, Andrej worked for six years in solar energy finance, including at First Solar where he worked with the utility scale project development team. More recently, Andrej joined The Renewables Exchange, an energy finance startup focused on opening renewable energy investments to the capital markets and creating market-driven economics for the energy industry by creating the infrastructure for a new, investable asset class. Andrej holds a bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Global Studies from UCLA. He is an avid golfer, skier, and snowboarder, and an outdoor enthusiast.

nick tomaino Nick Tomaino is a first year business school student at Yale School of Management. Nick most recently spent the summer as an Associate at SoftBank Capital, an early stage venture capital firm that invests in mobile, social, and ecommerce businesses. Prior to SoftBank, Nick spent over two years as an Associate at North Atlantic Capital, an expansion stage VC firm that invests in business-to-business software businesses. Nick began his career as an assistant trader at First New York Securities, and is currently most interested in businesses that are at intersection of finance and technology. He currently is a member of the BitAngels, an angel investing group that invests in seed stage bitcoin related companies, and advises several startups in the digital currency space on business development and product strategy.