Instructors and Mentors

The eLab instructors and mentors play a critical role in the shaping of our team’s business concepts. The instructors manage the eLab program while we rely on Cornell alumni with business and entrepreneurial backgrounds that can encourage startups to ask the right questions, solve hard problems and battle test their concept in a safe environment.
Michael Annunziata

Michael Annunziata

Mentor

John Balen

John Balen

Mentor

Marla Beyer

Marla Beyer

Mentor

Nichole Bestman

Nichole Bestman

Mentor

Nate Cook

Nate Cook

Instructor

Frank A. DeCosta, III

Frank A. DeCosta, III

Mentor

Steven Gal

Steven Gal

Instructor

Christophe Gerlache

Christophe Gerlache

Mentor

Jason Guss

Jason Guss

Mentor

Andrés E. Gutiérrez

Andrés E. Gutiérrez

Mentor

Delia Hughes

Delia Hughes

Mentor

Erica Iannotti

Erica Iannotti

Mentor

Andrea Ippolito

Andrea Ippolito

Instructor

Stéphane Jean-Baptiste

Stéphane Jean-Baptiste

Mentor

Randall Kane

Randall Kane

Mentor

Rob Karp

Rob Karp

Mentor

Apoorva Kiran

Apoorva Kiran

Mentor

Nadine Kwebetchou

Nadine Kwebetchou

Mentor

Regional Director,
Inova Health System

Serdar Mizrakci

Serdar Mizrakci

Mentor

Alex Meyers

Alex Meyers

Mentor

Elisa Miller-Out

Elisa Miller-Out

Mentor

Nick Nickitas

Nick Nickitas

Instructor

Ryoko Nozawa

Ryoko Nozawa

Mentor

Greg Ray

Greg Ray

Instructor

Ken Rother

Ken Rother

Managing Director

Robert Raczkowski

Robert Raczkowski

Mentor

Stephen Sauer

Stephen Sauer

Instructor

Tom Schryver

Tom Schryver

Instructor

Zach Shulman

Zach Shulman

Mentor

Justin Smithline

Justin Smithline

Mentor

Brad Treat

Brad Treat

Instructor

Aaron Walls

Aaron Walls

Mentor

Beth Xie

Beth Xie

Mentor

Eric Young

Eric Young

Mentor

Todd Zion

Todd Zion

Mentor

eLab carefully selects a limited number of experienced mentors who play a number of roles based on the needs of each individual team. The advisory board helps students in the following ways:

Ask tough questions

Advisory board memebrs ask tough ‘critical path’ questions designed to help our team’s to improve their concepts.

Provide perspective

Advisory board members  provide perspective on issues ranging from the start up process and fundraising, to product development and distribution of equity to employees. They bring their experiences and wisdom to the table to help our teams succeed.

Provide feedback

Advisory board members provide regular feedback on strategy, products, pricing, sales strategy, marketing plans, investor decks, legal factors and many of the other issues that entrepreneurs explore as they undergo their journey.

Interested in becoming an eLab mentor?