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 business. 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

Austin Wang
Director of Outreach

Jackson Cole
Director of Development

George de Mars
Director of Programs

Chris Chen
Director of Client Intake

Board of Directors

Russ Gieselman
Chair of Board of Directors, New Haven SCORE

Carlos Eyzaguirre
Economic Development Corporation of New Haven

Tom Mazzaferro
New Haven SCORE

Stacy Spell
Project Longevity

Ramya Gopal
Yale School of Management

Art Mollengarden
Post University

Rebecca Vollmer
Diamond Information Systems