Rob Bettigole: Managing Partner, Elm Street Ventures. Rob Bettigole is a Yale alum and the founder and Managing Partner of Elm Street Ventures. Rob has broad experience as an entrepreneur and as a venture capitalist. His venture capital experience was gained as a partner at Rothschild Inc. and Investor AB, where his investments included Maxim Integrated Products, Gensia Pharmaceuticals, and Microgenics Corporation. Subsequently, he helped found Surety Technologies, Inc., a spin out from Bellcore, and Alexion (NASDAQ: ALXN), with researchers from the Yale Medical School. Before founding Elm Street, Rob was president of a family business, which he successfully developed and sold. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and holds several U.S. and foreign patents.
James G. Boyle, Ph.D.: Managing Director, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. Since cofounding YEI in late 2006, Jim has led staff, students, faculty, mentors, alumni and corporate partners in the creation of a growing array of programs for spurring University innovators. Boyle is no stranger to the student entrepreneurial experience, beginning his own startup career while still a Yale graduate student at Analytica of Branford to develop electrospray mass spectrometers for the pharma/biotech industry, now a $1+ Billion market. He holds advanced degrees in both mechanical engineering (University of Illinois) and chemical engineering (Yale).
Konstantine Drakonakis: Konstantine is an experienced early stage investor focused on proprietary IMPACT technologies. As an “Entrepreneurial Engineer,” he gravitates to technology companies within the software, med-tech and green-tech markets. He has led over 35 investments for LaunchCapital to date and serves as a strategic advisor for many of his portfolio companies. He represents LaunchCapital as a board member on the following portfolio companies: Amastan Technologies, EpiEP, Soft Tissue Regeneration, CMD Bioscience, TearSolutions, and Affinimark Technologies. Konstantine is actively involved in the incubation stage of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and serves as an advisor to CURE’s Bioscience Clubhouse, the Entrepreneurship Foundation and the Donaghue Foundation. He is also the Chief Strategy Officer for Amastan. Before joining LaunchCapital, Mr. Drakonakis was the Manager of New Technology Investments and Infrastructure Development at Connecticut Innovations. He holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University and a Civil and Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Vermont. He is a board certified Professional Engineer and is a member of the National Civil Engineering Honors Society.
Peter Hicks: Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager of Commercial Banking, Webster Bank. Peter serves as Manager of the Emerging Growth Banking Group for Webster Bank. He joined Webster in 2003 as a relationship manager in business banking and took over its Emerging Growth segment in 2007. Peter has more than 20 years of banking experience as well as serving as Vice President of Operations and Finance for a Bridgeport, CT based manufacturing company for six years. He previously served as Treasurer for the Coordinating Council for Children in Crisis (CCCC) and on the board of the Foote School Association. He served as chairman and remains a board member of the Crossroads Venture Group (CVG); as well as a member of the board of the Connecticut Technology Council. Peter grew up on the Yale campus as a faculty kid and earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from the University of New Haven.
Peter Longo: Senior Managing Director of Investments, Connecticut Innovations. Peter directs and supervises the investment team at CI and oversees the organization’s investment portfolios. He has personally invested in more than 20 early-stage investment opportunities across a variety of technology sectors, leading CI investments in Achillion Pharmaceuticals (IPO), CYA Technologies (acquired by enChoice), NeuVis (acquired by Rational Software), Nufern (acquired by Rofin-Sinar), SilverSky and Post-N-Track. Among Peter’s many accomplishments during more than 18 years with CI are introducing the Pre-Seed Program, Connecticut Innovations’ Seed Fund and CTech.
Matt Mendelsohn: Director, Yale Investments Office. Matt Mendelsohn joined the YIO in 2007. He focuses on the private equity and timber portfolios, in addition to helping with asset allocation. Matt graduated from Yale College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and became a CFA® charterholder in 2011.
Yale University Yale is a private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Conn., and is the third oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Its 5,000+ undergraduate and 6000+ graduate and professional students come from all 50 American states and from 108 countries. The 4,000+ member faculty, over 1,000 of whom are tenured, is a richly diverse group of men and women who are leaders in their respective fields. Yale is composed of Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and 13 professional schools (including Architecture, Art, Divinity, Drama, Engineering & Applied Science, Forestry & Environmental Studies, Law, Management, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Public Health, and the Institute of Sacred Music).
Our graduates include many notable alumni, including five U.S. Presidents, 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and many foreign heads of state. Fifty-one Nobel laureates and 56 Pulitzer Prizes have been affiliated with the University as students, faculty or staff. Yale students compete intercollegiately as the Yale Bulldogs in the NCAA Division I Ivy League. Yale currently holds the bragging rights to the best men’s hockey team in college sports (2013) and to the city with the best pizza on the planet, ever.
Connecticut Innovations Connecticut Innovations (CI) is the leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut’s innovative, growing companies. To maximize each business’ growth potential, CI tailors its solutions and often combines its funds with resources from other financial leaders to provide venture capital and strategic support for early-stage technology companies; flexible loans for established companies with new innovations; grants that support innovation and collaboration; and connections to its well-established network of partners and professionals. Through all these initiatives, CI has helped bring $4 billion in financing to Connecticut companies. The state’s most active early-stage investor, CI has created more than 26,000 jobs.
Webster Financial Corporation Webster Financial Corporation is the holding company for Webster Bank, National Association. With $26.1 billion in assets, Webster provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, financial planning, trust, and investment services through 175 banking centers and 350 ATMs. Webster also provides mobile and Internet banking. Webster Bank owns the asset-based lending firm Webster Business Credit Corporation; the equipment finance firm Webster Capital Finance Corporation; and HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank, which provides health savings account trustee and administrative services. Webster Bank is a member of the FDIC and an equal housing lender.
Elm Street Ventures Elm Street Ventures is a seed and early stage venture fund based in New Haven, Connecticut. Their emphasis is on the life sciences, with approximately 70% of investments to date in companies developing laboratory tools, diagnostics, medical devices, therapeutics, and other health care related products and services. The remaining 30% of Elm Street’s commitments are in green technology, information technology and other industries.