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Ladder Pitch Competition

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Danielle is a cofounder and general partner of 1517. She has worked with young entrepreneurs for about a decade. In 2010, during the founding of the Thiel Fellowship, Danielle joined to lead the design and operations. She's worked with some of the most prestigious founders like Vitalik Buterin and Ritesh Agarwal. Previous to her work with Peter Thiel, Danielle founded and directed Innovations Academy in San Diego, a K-8 charter school serving 400 students, with a focus on student-led project based learning and other alternative programs.


Danielle Strachman 

Founder & GP @ 1517 Fund


Josh co-founded The MBA Fund while receiving his MBA at Harvard Business School. He is also the Co-Founder at Lesson Squad, a software platform allowing musical instrument manufacturers to digitally empower their artists and authorized dealers. Prior to The MBA Fund and Lesson Squad, Josh has a history of founding successful start-ups, including Causemo (acquired by The Pursuant Group), as well as being an investor and consultant at various startups & VCs.

Josh Hoffman-Senn

Founder & GP @ The MBA Fund


Anna joined G9 in 2019 and is responsible for sourcing, diligencing, executing, and supporting portfolio companies. Prior to joining G9, Anna worked as an analyst at Morgan Stanley where she gained both investing and operating experience. Anna graduated cum laude from Princeton with a BA in History and was the captain of the varsity women's lacrosse team. Her junior independent work on the experiences of women in finance during the late 20th century. 

Anna Doherty

Analyst @ G9 Ventures


Zeeza joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2020. She focuses on consumer, SaaS and future of work and is involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, due diligence, transaction execution and portfolio company support. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Zeeza was an investor and founding member of the Creator Fund, WeWork's early stage venture capital fund focused on future of work and commercial real estate technology. Prior to that, Zeeza worked at Goldman Sachs in the Equity Capital Markets group advising companies in the industrials and business services industries. Zeeza graduated with a degree in History from Princeton University, not far from the farm where she grew up.

Zeeza Cole

Investor @ Bain Capital Ventures

Chandler is a two time entrepreneur who is now investing in early stage companies through Atento Capital. His journey began as a college student, building an events business that hosted shows for Billboard top 10 artists including the Chainsmokers before launching his first software company, The Moves, which he exited in 2019. He is an angel investor in MedFlik and Ideate and has a passion for helping underrepresented entrepreneurs and using technology to improve quality of life. 

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Chandler Malone

Investor @ Atento Capital

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Sumukh is the Founding Partner of Green Line Ventures, a fund started to support Babson, Olin, and Wellesley ventures that's backed by 500 Startups. He is also is a Senior at Babson College, studying entrepreneurship. Previously, Sumukh was the CEO of TILE, the world's largest conversation series with hundreds of chapters across fifty plus countries. In addition, he served as President of eTower, the student entrepreneurship community at Babson and has been recognized as a Bank of America Student Leader.

Sumukh Setty

Founding Partner @ Green Line Ventures


Aleeza Hashmi is Partner for Rough Draft Ventures and a second-year MBA student at The Wharton School. This past summer, she served as an investment associate at General Catalyst, focusing on investments in healthcare, future of work, and content platforms. Prior to Wharton, Aleeza was at Microsoft where she worked across multiple products, including Azure, Teams, and Office. She has also spent time on the AI Product Strategy team at UiPath where she developed a tiered pricing model for new cloud-based products. She is on the Editorial Board and volunteers for All Raise, a non-profit supporting female founders and funders. She studied History of Science at Harvard and is a co-founder of Cobu (formerly known as Doorbell Communities).

Aleeza Hashmi

Partner @ Rough Draft Ventures


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