Founded by enterprising Yale undergraduates in 2001, Elmseed has become a valuable resource for over 500 New Haven businesses. 


Elmseed is staffed entirely by Yale undergraduates dedicated to New Haven small businesses. We provide motivated entrepreneurs with access to one-on-one personalized consulting, business training, technical assistance, and a network of peer support. In doing so, Elmseed aims to empower entrepreneurs who lack the resources necessary to start or expand small businesses. Elmseed is committed to encouraging and enabling sustainable economic self-reliance in the greater New Haven area. 


Executive Directors

George de Mars
Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Troy
Chief Operations Officer

Executive Board

Ramiz Colak & Michael Huang
Directors of Client Services


Jackson Cole
Director of Development

Vishal Patel
Director of Education

Samatha Coury & Max Li
Directors of Client Intake


Anna Hwang  
Chief Financial Officer

Bishoy Megalla
Director of Marketing

Eujin Jang
Director of Outreach

Kevin Lin
Director of Programs

Board of Directors

Russ Gieselman
Chair of Board of Directors, New Haven SCORE


Tom Mazzaferro
New Haven SCORE


Carlos Eyzaguirre
Economic Development Corporation of New Haven

Art Mollengarden
Post University