eLab Advisory Board

The eLab Advisory Board plays a critical role in the shaping of our team’s business concepts. 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.

Serdar Mizrakci

Founder and CEO,
Element Farms

Andrés E. Gutiérrez

Co-Founder,
Comake

Aaron Walls

Co-Founder and CEO,
BrewJacket

Elisa Miller-Out

Managing Partner,
Chloe Capital

Eric Young

Co-Founder and Partner,
Canaan Partners

John Balen

Partner,
Canaan Partners

Justin Smithline

Operating Partner,
Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

Robert Raczkowski

Partner,
Launch Factory

Michael Annunziata

Co-Founder and CEO,
Farther Farms

Stéphane Jean-Baptiste 

Co-Founder and COO,
Kreyol Essence, LLC

Todd Zion

Co-founder, President, and CEO,
Akston Biosciences Corporation

Erica Iannotti

Project Manager, Technology to Market
NYSERDA

Frank A. DeCosta, III, Ph.D.

Partner,
Finnegan Henderson

Marla Beyer

Co-Founder & CEO,
Hopscotch

Christophe Gerlache

Investor,
General Atlantic

Delia Hughes

Founder,
Tazzy Candy

Jason Guss

CEO,
Iterate Labs

Rob Karp

Founder and CEO,
MilesAhead

Alex Meyers

Co-Founder and CEO,
MyWorkouts

Ryoko Nozawa

Principal,
Cayuga Venture Fund

Zach Shulman

Director,
Entrepreneurship at Cornell

Nichole Bestman

Founder & CEO,
Shipfair

eLab carefully selects a limited number of experienced advisory board members 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 advisory board member or mentor?