Your small business is our passion.

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.


Bishoy Megalla

Chief Executive Officer

Sam Coury

Chief Operations Officer

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

Kyle Mayer

Director of Outreach

Nonprofit Board

Russ Gieselman

Chair of Board of Directors, New Haven SCORE

Tom Mazzaferro

New Haven SCORE

Art Mollengarden

Director at School of Graduate Studies at University of Bridgeport

Gina Bingham

Business Outreach Librarian, New Haven Free Public Library

Carlos Eyzaguirre

Economic Development Corporation of New Haven

You can help us foster entrepreneurship in New Haven by donating below!

Elmseed's efforts in the community would not be possible without the help of our partners and supporters! Thank you!