Our Young Entrepreneurs 2013!

Theresa Johnson

Stanford University

Theresa is a fourth year PhD Candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her research in the Space Environment and Satellite Systems Lab under Prof. Sigrid Close focuses on harnessing energy from space plasmas to power and control satellites. Theresa received a BS from Stanford in Science, Technology & Society in 2006.

In addition to her work in Aero/Astro, Theresa has built expertise in international technology development. In 2004, Theresa completed an internship with IBM Tokyo Research Lab in the Internet Technologies division. That same year, she was a guest speaker at the Siemens and Lufthansa Conference on Globalization in Berlin, Germany. In 2005 Theresa completed the Global Corporate Financial Leaders program through IBM Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, NY and SEO, Inc. Since then, she's travelled to over 30 countries, and collaborated with researchers and entrepreneurs in Germany, Ghana, Ethiopia, Switzerland and Japan. In 2010 she co-founded Skidokie as a way for solo skiers and snowboarders to connect on the slopes. She and her travel buddies coded the back-end database, designed the UI and built the business.

In 2011, Theresa completed the inaugural Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, run by the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was named one of PRIE's top four participants and now serves as a PRIE Fellow. She blogs about high-technology entrepreneurship, research, and leadership at blog.theresalynnjohnson.com


Mark Loewenstien

The Wharton School

Mark is currently pursuing a MBA from The Wharton School with an emphasis on Entrepreneurial Management and Finance. Prior to Wharton, Mark co-founded Appregatta Technologies, a marketing and distribution platform for B2B SaaS companies. Over the course of two years, Mark helped to build and manage an outside sales force as the Director of Sales Alliances and create and nurture partnerships as the Director of Business Development. Before joining Appregatta, Mark worked as an Associate in Piper Jaffray’s Technology Investment Banking Group where he advised companies on a variety of leveraged buyouts, debt and equity offerings, and strategic M&A transactions. Most recently, Mark interned with Mashery and SAP Ventures. Mark holds a BS in Business Administration, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, and a minor in Economics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.


Andrei Brasoveanu

Harvard Business School

Andrei Brasoveanu is a first-year MBA student at Harvard Business School, where he is Co-Chair for the 10th Annual Entrepreneurship Conference. Prior to business school he worked at Siemens Venture Capital in Germany focusing on sourcing and due diligence in the cleantech sector. Before that he spent two years as an Assistant Vice President at Knight Capital Group in New York, where he designed high-frequency equities and futures trading strategies. Earlier he worked at a 3-person startup hedge fund in New York focusing on algorithmic commodities trading. Andrei earned his B.A. degree in Mathematics summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2009.


Kent Hall

UC Berkeley

Prior to his MBA, Kent spent five years as a finance analyst at GE, and three years as a strategy & operations consultant at Deloitte.  During his time at Berkeley, Kent has been involved as an officer in the Entrepreneurship Association, Digital Media & Entertainment Club, and he was an Orientation Week chair.  He has incorporating a web venture focused on marketing products for wholesalers and worked through the concept and design of pre-launch websites.  Currently, Kent is working with a team to launch a website focusing on connecting users on goals they would like to accomplish together.


Ezra Galston

University of Chicago

Ezra is a second year MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business focusing on entrepreneurship and analytic finance   An active angel investor and advisor, he is currently working closely with five early stage startups: DraftDay, PocketGuide, Hold'em Manager, Furnishly, and BloomNation.  He also currently serves as an MBA Associate at Chicago's I2A Fund, an early stage VC focused on digital startups in the Mid-West.  A former professional poker player, Ezra founded The Poker Financing Fund, a million dollar "poker hedge fund" to invest in players at The World Series of Poker.  He serves as a co-chair for Booth's Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Group is particularly interested in peer-to-peer marketplaces, crowdsourcing, and disruptive technologies.


Nate Frank

Georgia Tech

Nate grew up in Stone Mountain, GA and graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  He worked as a healthcare consultant for about 3 years at the Huron Consulting Group focusing on patient flow improvement.  Nate is currently pursuing an MBA from Georgia Tech and is a graduate research assistant at the Advanced Technology and Development Center (ATDC), a startup incubator in Atlanta.  Nate enjoys playing sports, running, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Ray Hwang

Georgetown University

Ray Hwang is a second year a MBA student at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.  Ray's concentration is in entrepreneurship and finance, and he is pursuing a career in the venture capital industry.  Ray is an active member of the DC entrepreneurship and investor community, as he is a frequent visitor to events such as DC Tech Meetup, Fosterly, Capital Connection, and university related events.  Prior to attending Georgetown, Ray has gained diverse background as an engineer, an analyst, and an entrepreneur.  Ray has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master’s in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.


Enes Hosgor

Carnegie Mellon University

Enes is a technology enthusiast and a fourth year Ph.D. student in Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He also works with Tepper School of Business’ Electricity Industry Center as a researcher. At Carnegie Mellon, his earlier work focused on enhanced geothermal systems. He is writing his doctoral dissertation on finding cost-effective energy efficiency implementation strategies for residential building stocks using advanced statistical techniques and troves of data. He is also the founder and CEO of an early-stage start-up, EEme which builds on the same premise as his dissertation. Throughout his doctoral studies Enes also worked in the venture capital industry, specifically with Foundation Capital and New Venture Partners, and valued early-stage technology investments.

Prior to Carnegie Mellon, Enes worked with Cambridge Energy Research Associates’ CERA) consulting group in Houston, TX. His clients included major oil and gas companies that benefited from his and his team’s expertise in strategic planning and development of oil and gas resources. He holds a Master’s in Energy Finance from the University of Texas at Austin where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Enes received his Bachelor’s degree from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, in Geological Engineering and Geographic Information Systems. In his spare time he enjoys playing squash and singing with The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.


Imraan Ahmed

Columbia Business School

Imraan Ahmed is a second-year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. Diverse professional experiences executing mergers and acquisitions (Merrill Lynch), evaluating private equity/venture investments (Heritage Partners and AOL Ventures), managing portfolio companies, and helping build a healthcare entrepreneurial platform (Atlantis Health Group) have provided Imraan a deeper level of strategic and operational interaction with businesses and their management teams. These experiences have instilled a passion to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem and invest behind compelling early stage businesses.

During his tenure at Columbia, Imraan has been privileged to serve as an InSITE Fellow. Together, he and other Columbia/NYU InSITE Fellows collaborate to assist innovative, emerging New York startups tackle business development and capital raise initiatives.  Imraan earned his B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park where he was a QUEST Honors Program Fellow.


Ariel Smolier

MIT School of Management

Ariel is a second year MBA student at MIT School of Management. He holds a leading position in the VCPE club and advises various technology-based start-ups on product management and business development.  

Prior to MIT Sloan, as a product manager in the Tech industry, he initiated the development and led the launch of the smallest video camera in the world. Ariel also was the chairman of the “Enabling Technologies” committee in the Bio-Medical Photonics consortium.

Ariel served in the Israel Defense Forces as a Remote Sensing team leader for five years.
He has a Master’s in Electro-Optical Engineering from Ben-Gurion University, focusing on wireless communication protocols.