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

Joyce Koltisko
Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Cha
Chief Operations Officer

Executive Board

Anna Hwang
Director of Client Services

Rachel Troy
Director of Education

Jackson Cole
Director of Development

Bobby Kwon
Director of Outreach


Eujin Jang
Director of Client Intake

Wei Li
Chief Financial Officer

George de Mars
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