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

Bishoy Megalla
Chief Executive Officer

Sam Coury
Chief Operations Officer

Executive Board

James Dunn & Qinying Sun
Directors of Client Services

Vishal Patel  
Chief Financial Officer

Jonny Kraft
Director of Education

Evie Yi
Director of Client Intake

Andre Costa & Madelyn Kumar
Directors of Development

Ramiz Colak
Director of Programs

Kyle Mayer
Director of Outreach

Board of Directors

Russ Gieselman
Chair of Board of Directors, New Haven SCORE

Gina Bingham
Business Outreach Librarian, New Haven Free Public Library

Tom Mazzaferro
New Haven SCORE


Carlos Eyzaguirre
Economic Development Corporation of New Haven

Art Mollengarden
Post University