About us and Community Advisers
Our team and community advisers includes: an MIT, Stanford, and two Cornell alumni, a Berkeley PhD, President of the Energy Innovation Network, Goldwind Corporate Venture Strategy Investment Manager, SK hynix Senior Manager of Venture Investment, and an MIT Entrepreneurship Mentor/Coach. Additionally, our Fellowship program recruits top scientists, MBAs, entrepreneurs, and more that aid in the due diligence process. We also work closely with top tier impact focused VCs in Silicon Valley which provide supports and advisory to our startup companies. We started this group a year ago and do all the work on a volunteer basis.
Jane founded Vectors Angel in 2019 to enable collaboration between like-minded impact-focused companies and investors. She was an interdisciplinary expert in clean energy policy, entrepreneurship and innovation. She was a cleantech researcher/entrepreneurship program manager at UC Berkeley, policy researcher at LBNL, and previously Silicon Valley office investment lead with Goldwind Innovation Capital. She is the President of the Energy Innovation Network. She holds an M.S. from Cornell University on Sustainable Design Studies and a BAS.c on Energy System Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Sachi was a member of the first cohort of Vectors Angel Fellows. She graduated from Cornell University magna cum laude with a BS in Biological Engineering and now focuses on biotechnology, sustainable materials, and health in sourcing companies. She led the deals for Tinctorium Bio and Hue.Ai. Sachi cares deeply about the environment, conservation, and systemic change. She is also an avid rock climber and mountaineer and volunteers at the Wildlife Center of San Jose.
Pin Pin joined Vectors Angel as a Fellow in the first cohort to pursue her passion in deep tech commercialization and impact investing. She graduated Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford University with her research focusing on computational psychology. She is based in Bangkok, Thailand, as a faculty at Sasin School of Management, Research Director at Inter Data Recovery Co., Ltd. (IDR Lab), and works on her own startup in AI and Serverless applications. She believes in the power of people collaboration in making the world a better place.
Nancy joined Vectors Angel as an investment fellow in the Summer 2020 cohort to learn how to support the startups providing solutions to our global social and environmental challenges and supplement her experience with responsible investing. Recently earning a Master’s degree in Sustainability, Nancy is building Future Island Impact, a company with intentions to transition the full force of the retail investment market to impact investments by providing solutions to financial advisors.
Ricky currently works as a senior analyst at the corporate venture arm of Delta Dental. He is an active angel investor across multiple angel networks. He previously worked as an investment associate at a venture capital fund under Cybernaut Investment Groups. He hold a master degree from Duke University on engineering management and a B.S. from University of Washington on Bioengineering.
Summer 2021 Cohort
Aarthee is a deeply driven software professional with a successful 10-year track record of delivering complex cutting-edge technology solutions in both pre and post acquisition-phase startups, notably Viptela which was acquired by Cisco. Aarthee also co-founded an education-tech startup EQ Ally that was selected for National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps program and Edward L Kaplan, ‘71 New Venture Challenge program. She is currently pursuing her MBA with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and Finance from UChicago Booth School of Business.
Alisha graduated from Cornell University and is currently a DMD candidate at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. As a founder of an edtech startup and having worked at a healthcare startup, Alisha is passionate about creating social impact through entrepreneurship. She is excited to join Vectors Angels and learn more about impact investing in the healthcare sector.
Jenny is a venture-backed health tech startup founder and an Investment Fellow at Vectors Angel where she focuses on early-stage bio and AI/ML investments that solve problems in sustainability and health. She is passionate about supporting diverse founders in building startups where profit and purpose work together as flywheels. Previously, she consulted for L'Oréal on enzyme technology and facilitated the commercialization of translational research at UCSF Innovation Ventures. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge and completed her Synthetic Biology Postdoc at Caltech.
Matt Stone is currently a team member at Intel Capital, responsible for working with Intel Capital's portfolio companies in Cybersecurity, Cloud & AI Infrastructure, Enterprise Applications domains to accelerate their go-to-market strategies. Prior to joining Intel, Matt worked for Boeing -- negotiating and managing the delivery of aerospace products and services, was a lead teaching assistant at Stanford for a class focused on intelligent growth for venture companies, and was a member of the University of Arizona football team. Matt received his master's degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University, and bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Arizona.
Nikodem holds a master’s degree in management from Harvard University and a master’s degree in law from Northwestern University. He spent a decade in the energy sector at various multinational companies in engineering, sales, and strategy, and currently works in Business Development and Strategy at ABB. Nikodem has entrepreneurial experience with projects in the energy storage, mobility, and real estate sectors where he led commercialization and go-to-market efforts. He serves on the board of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs – Chicago Chapter and Northwestern Energy Technology Group. Nikodem wants to combine his business, legal, and industry experience to help startups in the climate tech space.
Wanwipa is a MIT/Princeton trained chemical engineer. She is based in Bangkok, Thailand, as an Assistant Professor at Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University, and works on different research projects related to to improve human lives, ranging from tissue engineering for healing diabetic wounds to addressing environmental problems by converting wastes to high-value products. Wanwipa is an avid yoga practitioner, and she enjoys hiking and scuba diving in her free time.
Winter 2020-2021 Cohort
Pinak is a Harvard trained physician who now works as a drug safety physician in the pharmaceutical industry. After working with several healthcare startups during medical school and training, Pinak became curious about the inner workings of private equity, particularly as it pertains to impact investing using a blended value model. Pinak looks forward to working in impact investing in the healthcare and biopharmaceutical sector.
Tabong Kima is a Financial Analyst at Auldbrass Partners. He joined the firm in late 2017. He is responsible for portfolio monitoring, investment evaluation, and transaction sourcing and analysis. Prior to Auldbrass, Tabong held a position at TriLinc Global where he worked on sourcing and monitoring impact credit investments. Mr. Kima received a BA in International Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as a BSE in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Apoorv is an MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He comes from a healthcare background, having earned a PhD in Biological Engineering and worked in the biopharmaceutical industry prior to business school. He is interested in combining his deep technical and business expertise to help life sciences startups mobilize innovative solutions and improve patient lives. He joined Vectors Angels to learn how impact investing can be used to create sustainable value and ideas to address critical societal challenges.
Willie advises financial institutions (e.g., banks and FinTechs) on regulatory and ESG challenges. He focuses on assessing corporate climate disclosures against frameworks (e.g., TCFD, SASB) and advocating for adoption of earnest sustainability efforts within companies. He is optimistic about the role that corporations and innovation will play in building a better, greener society and is excited to learn about the startups making it happen through Vectors Angel. In a former life, Willie worked as a wrangler on a dude ranch in Montana.
Rama is a VP at Seeing Machines, an industry leader in vision-based operator monitoring technology, where he leads the commercialization of Seeing Machines' technology portfolio of AI/ML algorithms, embedded processing and optics to the global Aviation industry. Rama has experience in developing new markets, engaging stakeholders and channel partners, and paving the way for new technology adoption in complex markets. As an active angel investor, Rama funds world positive, clean tech and sustainability focused founders to execute on ambitious visions to make a positive dent in the world. He is passionate about energy innovations, the rapid decarbonization of transportation, driving circularity adoption, and waste reduction.
Matt is a Boston College and Boston University alumnus focused on helping cleantech startups cross the commercialization gap. Through Vectors Angels, he is interested in learning more about how investors strategically employ resources to bolster the mission of a venture and its founders. Additionally, Matt is interested in reforming and developing new institutions to deploy capital to promote pilot and demo projects for renewable energy technologies.
Summer 2020 Cohort
Cristina is an MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas. She is very passionate about impact investing and sustainable finance. She joined Vectors Angel to deepen her experiences in early stage investing and sustainability. She is looking forward to apply her financial and business expertise to support entrepreneurs looking for sustainable and innovative solutions to environmental challenges.
Roxy is a derivative trader and currently manages a quant strategy research group. She is also the co-founder of Build312, a non-profit organization that serves the entrepreneurial community in the Chicago area. She is passionate about helping startups address social and environmental challenges through impact investing.
Valentina is a rising junior at Cornell University majoring in Hotel Administration and minoring in Real Estate and International Relations. She has helped a Syrian refugee start a restaurant and been a speaker at the TEDx conference. She is passionate about global social impact through entrepreneurship and activism. She joined Vectors Angel to explore impact investing and to apply the knowledge to help social entrepreneurs one day. She enjoys traveling to developing countries and art museums.
Tiasha is a PhD Candidate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard University, where she leads projects on investigating epigenetic inheritance. She is passionate about utilizing her scientific expertise in the development of life sciences ventures to create sustainable social change. She joined Vectors Angel to explore and contribute to the advancement of impact investing.
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Naviya recently graduated from Cornell with a BS in Operations Research and Engineering. Her passion lies at the intersection of tech, impact, and entrepreneurship. Through Vectors Angel, she is keen to understand the fundamentals of impact investing and help other innovatively helping others. Naviya's most interested in solutions that can serve people – specifically, those empowering women, democratizing personalized education, and tackling inequality.
Summer 2020 Cohort
Shreyas is an electrical engineering and computer science undergraduate from UC Berkley. He enjoys working with Vectors Angel to support tech companies in the sustainability sector. He loves to see how emerging tech like VR/AR, robotics, and more can be used to solve some of our most pressing issues like climate change and healthcare.
Jessica consults in food tech and biotech on product strategy, worked in R&D at Impossible Foods for 6 years, has an MS in Biochemistry from UCSD and an MBA in Sustainable Management. She is the Head of Product & Research at UMANA, advises 2 plant-based start-ups, and is an active mentor at IndieBio and Plug and Play Food. Jessica joined Vectors Angel to apply her technical and product knowledge towards angel investing with a mission-aligned angel community.
Pang is a second-year MBA student at UC Berkeley, Haas. She is very passionate about impact investing and global development. She joined Vectors Angel to deepen her experiences in impact investing and to apply her financial and industry expertises to support enterprenuers who work to provide sustainable solutions for social and environmental challenges.
Summer 2019 Cohort
Derek is a consultant at a management consultancy firm where he provides technical due diligence for utility-scale energy storage projects. Derek joined Vectors Angel to learn more about the investor due diligence process as part of his goal of founding a microgrid development and utility company. He is passionate about distributed energy and the ongoing decarbonization revolution in both the energy and transportation sectors.
With solid training and work-experience in data-intensive software development, Arpan is currently working on a career pivot to venture capital. During the fellowship, he focused on Food and Health sectors. His favorite parts were conducting due diligence on startups, and putting up a VC panel discussion event on 'Investments in Sustainable Food Technologies'.