Our organization meets weekly on Sundays. Often, we have a student presentation, such as a presentation on Employee Equity, Networking, or an update on a YES member’s startup. We then break out into teams which are described below:
Fundraising – raises money and reaches out to Yale Alumni to support YES’ activities
Mentorship – connects with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to build YES’ mentorship network
Speaker Series – meets with and invites entrepreneurial speakers to campus
Membership – supports and engages active YES members
Trips – organizes trips to NYC and Boston startups where YES members learn from and network with company founders
Communication and Outreach – builds YES’ brand and practices digital marketing skills
Venture Competitions and Conference – responsible for organizing YES’ annual pitch competition ($30,000+ prize money was given out last year); also responsible for organizing the NYC Conference and meets weekly on Thursday in addition to the Sunday meetings
Our meetings are crucial for the rhythm of our organization and give us the opportunity to update our fellow members on the work we have done during the week. In addition to professional meetings, YES holds bi-weekly social events such as dinners and study breaks to promote club bonding.
Our bi-weekly mentorship meetings allow us to learn from some of the most forefront innovators and experts in the field of entrepreneurship. Our program this year has four mentors: Brad Galiette, Sean Glass, Justin Lafazan, and Dan Nuham.
Brad Galiette is a Product Manager at Google and previously worked as a Strategy & Operations Manager and in Partner Management at Google. He is an alumnus of Yale University and the Yale School of Management. His previously worked as a Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company. He largely mentors our students interested in technology.
Sean Glass is the Founder and Director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Society and is the Founder and CEO of Advantia Health. Advantia Health focuses on providing quality health care services to women and their families. He majored in Engineering Sciences during his four years at Yale before getting a masters in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He largely mentors students interested in starting their own companies and those interested in health care.
Justin Lafazan is the co-founder of the Next Gen Summit, a premier conference for young entrepreneurs that provides community support and connects them to potential investors. He is an alumnus of the Wharton School’s undergraduate program. He mainly mentors students interested in venture capital and those who have questions about how to breakout into the entrepreneurship field.
Dan Nahum is the Director of Business for MedX Ventures, a venture capital firm with offices in New York, Boston, Europe, and Israel that focuses on medical technologies. Dan is an alumnus of Yale University and attended the Wharton School for the MBA. Dan mainly mentors students interested in venture capital and biotechnology.