Mentors In Residence
Specializes in: biotech and technology commercialization
Dr. Margaret Cartiera is the Investment and Innovation Director at the Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology (CBIT) and has worked at the intersection of science and business for more than 15 years. Roles in investment, competitive intelligence, regulatory affairs and management have given her a unique perspective on the innovation life cycle, shifts in the bioscience industry, and the potential of what is to come.
Throughout her professional career, Dr. Cartiera has built a reputation for developing effective business strategies, forming solid partnerships, and solving problems creatively. She currently serves as the Investment and Innovation Manager at Yale University’s Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology (CBIT), where she works in close collaboration with Yale New Haven Hospital. During her time as Vice President and Fund Manager at Connecticut Innovations, Dr. Cartiera managed the Regenerative Medicine Research Fund and Connecticut’s pioneering $200M Bioscience Innovation Fund.
Dr. Cartiera earned her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. While there, she learned about the fundamentals of science, as well as its rigors, which fueled her to pursue her graduate degree. She caught the innovation bug while pursuing her Master of Science degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where her studies focused on translating innovation from bench to bedside, and led to her desire to work in the startup community. Dr. Cartiera completed her formal training in biomedical engineering with doctoral studies at Yale University.
Dr. Cartiera has embraced living at the intersection of the business and scientific worlds—understanding the novelty and promise that only scientific discovery can bring, while also appreciating the challenges of fundraising, the pains of company growth, the hurdles of FDA regulation, and the unpredictability of the markets. In her spare time, Dr. Cartiera mentors young inventors and entrepreneurs working at the earliest stages of commercialization.
Specializes in: equity participation, arts & culture, and social justice
Onyeka Obiocha is the Director of Innovation at Dwight Hall where he focuses on developing trainings, programs, and partnerships to support members of the Yale and Greater New Haven communities dedicated to creating social change. Outside of Yale, Ony’s work spans community development, social entrepreneurship, and civic consulting. He recently moved from President and Co-Founder of A Happy Life, a social enterprise dedicated to creating a happier world for all, to launching Breakfast Lunch & Dinner a design studio that aims to build social cohesion through economic and cultural development. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors Ony consulted for Special Olympics International and launched a microcosignment program in South Africa.
Specializes in: social and environmental entrepreneurship
At Yale, Peter is a Mentor-in-Residence at Tsai CITY and an Executive Fellow at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. This involves guest-lecturing on selected courses, helping accelerate social and environmental entrepreneurship across campus, offering career advice for students, and hosting a new Net Zero Action Group.
Outside Yale, Peter’s work spans strategy, marketing, climate change solutions and entrepreneurial opportunity. He recently moved from launch director and COO of the Carbon War Room to advising The B Team on their Net-Zero initiative leading up to COP21 in Paris, and is now focused on launching his own company Time4Good. Peter’s private sector experience includes more than 10 years with Virgin Group (including time as CEO of Virgin Mobile South Africa) and McKinsey & Co.; after graduating BA Hons. from Oxford University reading Philosophy, Politics & Economics.
In his hometown of Westport, CT he is a member of the board of trustees at Earthplace and serves on the town’s Green Task Force.
Specializes in: general startup questions
Richard Hunt (SOM ‘81) is Managing Partner, 77 West Consulting, and Assistant Adjunct Professor at NYU, teaching Marketing. Previously, Mr. Hunt was Vice President, Marketing, for SharedBook Inc., a publishing technology startup; he brings over 30 years of consumer marketing experience from roles of increasing responsibility in publishing, advertising, entertainment, and online retailing. Mr. Hunt was also Vice President, Account Director, with McCann Relationship Marketing/Princeton. During his career, he has held positions with Time Warner, Sony, Universal Music and Kraft Foods. His work for nonprofit organizations includes entrepreneurship mentoring at NYU-Stern and at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, along with work for the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, The Harvard Club of New York City, and The First Tee. He holds an MBA from Yale University and an AB from Harvard College.
Ellen is the co-founder and CEO of Wellinks, a wearable medical device company, and handles product design, general operations, and fundraising. She graduated from Yale University and has a background in Product Design, Graphic Design, and Software UI/UX. She is passionate about human-centered design and healthcare and has applied HCD principles in the development of Wellinks, her past work as a UI/UX designer in startups, her work at the CEID, and past research human-machine interaction. As CEO of Wellinks, she has established and negotiated partnerships, built relationships with surgeons, researchers, and patient support groups, and pitched for and raised over $1 million in funding for Wellinks.
Ask her about:
- Product development
- Pitching and funding strategies
- Building stakeholder relationships
- Accounting/Finances/Other Operations questions
- Building a healthcare startup
Levi is a Mentor in Residence at CITY, where he provides guidance to startups and compiles resources for technology based startups. He grew up along the Mississippi gulf coast before attending Yale, where he received a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Levi is a co-founder and the CTO of Wellinks, a wearable medical device startup that has developed a sensor and software platform for the orthotic and prosthetic market. He had two major back surgeries as an adolescent that sparked a deep interest in the medical field and strongly influenced the direction of his career.
Ask Levi about:
-Hardware design and development
-Software architecture and implementation
-Launching a startup in the medical field
-FDA and HIPAA regulations
-Grant and award applications
Konstantine is an experienced early-stage entrepreneur and 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 40 investments for LaunchCapital and the Pritzker Vlock Family Office to date and serves as a strategic adviser for many of his portfolio companies. He represents LaunchCapital as a board member on the following portfolio companies: Amastan Technologies, EpiEP, Biorez, TearSolutions, and Affinimark Technologies. Konstantine is actively involved in the incubation stage of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and serves as an adviser 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 master's degree in environmental management from Yale and a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Vermont. He is a board certified Professional Engineer and is a member of the National Civil Engineering Honors Society.
Podcast & Digital Media Fellow
Nick Quah is currently a Podcast and Digital Media Fellow at Tsai CITY. He is the founder, writer, and publisher of Hot Pod, the leading trade publication for the emerging podcast industry. He is also a contributing critic for New York Magazine’s Vulture entertainment vertical. In the fall of 2017, he was a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Quah holds an MA in Social Science Research from the University of Chicago, and a BA from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University.