Date: Feb 15, 2023Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Northeast U.S./New York Region Alumni New Venture Competition – Startup Demo Day (hybrid)

Wed, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Company
General PublicAlumni Startups


Gain exposure to NYC’s vibrant startup ecosystem, make contacts with Angel Investors & VC’s. Founders – Showcase Your Ideas to Other HBS Founders & Investors, Receive Valuable Feedback to Grow Your Business.

Location: Company – 335 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10017.

Wednesday’s Demo Day will be held in an informal tradeshow format where emerging entrepreneurs can share details about their ideas and products with fellow alumni, investors, advisors, judges, and the general public! Light refreshments will be served, and there's a bar downstairs, Bergamo's, where we can congregate after the event. 

Participating In-Person:
Adonix – Wahid Masri (MBA 2021)
– Banter – Taro Tomiya (MBA 2022)
Chief Complex – Shemeka Neville Watson (MBA 2016)
– Circles – Ahmad Mansour (MBA 2018)
Ecosystemone – Marina Kolesnik (MBA 2003)
Foundation – Rachael Gursky (MBA 2011)
– Harken – Katie Lefkowitz (MBA 2016)
Harbor – Giuseppe Morgana (MBA 2015)
Lambent Data, Inc. – Kirsten Hund Blair (MBA 1989)
Langhe – Alim Manji (MBA 2012)
Malacopa Mixers – Matthew Myers (GMP 2021)
Night Inn – Rena Ogura (MBA 2022)
Onsite Kids – Carmi Medoff (MBA 2020)
Ourside – Keta Burke-Williams (MBA 2021)
Phenegra Corporation – Ronald Terrazas (MBA 1978) & Gordon Chiu
Rotor – Robinson Greig (MBA 2020)
ShopTropicals – Darren Arithoppah (PLDA 2013)
Sojourner Glamping, Inc – Andrew Murphy (MBA 2007) & Dionis Rodriguez (MBA 1990)
– Stealth Startup – Alex Youssef (MBA 2022) & Shad Faraz (MBA 2022)
The Chord Companies – Olutosin Sonuyi (MBA 2022)
Timo & Violet Inc. – Erin Jensen (MBA 2007)
XOOM FOODS – Suresh Annappindi (MBA 1999)

Participating Virtually:
Adá – Nkem Oghedo (MBA 2017)
BeeRoll – Brian Dutt (MBA 2009) – Jose Ramos (MBA 1979)
METAIN – Huan Tran (MBA 2016)
– M7 Health – Ilana Springer Borkenstein (MBA 2022) & Eric Gruskin (MBA 2022)

Pirl Technology, Inc. – Kobby Osei-Kusi (MBA 2010)
SOAP Health – Steven Charlap (MBA 1988)

After the event, our team of NY-Region Semi-Final Judges will deliberate.

5 Semi-Finalists will move on to the Northeast U.S./N.Y Region Final Pitch Event on March 7th.

1 Regional Finalist will move on to the global alumni competition hosted by HBS.

We hope you join us for the start of this exciting competition.

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Ana Kertesz (MBA 2002)

Northeast U.S./New York Region Lead & Semi-Final Judge - Northeast U.S./N.Y Region Alumni New Venture Competition

Ana Kertesz has 25 years of combined experience as an investor, executive, entrepreneur and board member with a successful track record in business launch & growth, funding, mergers & acquisitions, private equity & venture capital, partnerships, cross border transactions, content & community and building high performance teams, in her tenure at Goldman Sachs, biotechnology company Amyris, family office Peninsula, and her startup HOWto.LIVEit. A strong diversity and ESG advocate, Ana has close experience in a multitude of industries, including beauty, wellness, food, biotechnology, education, ed tech, media, retail and clean energy. Ana is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ana lives in the greater NY area with her family.


Sabeen Mian (MBA 2008)

Northeast U.S./New York Region Semi-Final Judge

Sabeen is the President of Beauty Pie, the world’s first-ever luxury beauty buyers’ club. Beauty Pie is
transforming the way people shop by enabling its members to purchase exceptional quality beauty
products, made by the world’s best laboratories, without the typical industry markups. Beauty Pie’s
mission? To spread love and happiness (starting with fairer prices on the world’s best beauty products).
Prior to joining Beauty Pie in 2022, Sabeen spent 8 years at Ipsy, the largest beauty subscription in the
world, as a GM of the company’s beauty incubator and previously, as Ipsy’s SVP of Merchandising.
Sabeen has over 15 years of business leadership experience. She has built a reputation for being a
visionary, driving innovation and strategic thinking, delivering operational excellence and for obsessing
over the customer experience. Sabeen’s interest and expertise lies in high-growth direct to consumer
businesses, and she is incredibly passionate about beauty.

She began her career at Morgan Stanley as an Investment Banking Analyst focusing on the Global
Emerging Markets. She later joined Barclays Capital as a Senior Associate in the Latin American Debt
Capital Markets group. In 2006, she left Barclays to pursue her MBA at Harvard Business School. After
graduating, she embarked on a career in merchandising, first in buying and planning roles at
Bloomingdale’s and later as Director of Buying for Women’s Apparel at

Sabeen holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Public Policy from Duke University and a Master
of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She resides in Scarsdale, New York with her
husband Hashim and is the proud mom to 11-year-old twins Raiya and Camilla.


Olga Bartnicki (MBA 1999)

Northeast U.S./New York Region Semi-Final Judge

Turning ideas into businesses is a drive I formed in early childhood. My father was an inventor in the field of electrical engines with 12 patents neatly stored in the folders he deeply cherished – yet nothing was actually built. It made me realize the value of building, launching, making ideas real.

My career has been about building new ventures both inside large corporations and as startups. I have launched new ventures at a large media conglomerate (MTG), ideated and launched new products as a strategy consultant (for Merck, Thompson, Reuters) and worked with Fortune 500 as an investment banker (Allen&Co) providing thought leadership in the face of disruptive innovation (Napster).

As a tech entrepreneur, I have built four startups – two failed and two with successful exits.

I have been a mentor to founders at several startup accelerators – ERA, MIT Media Lab, Harvard iLab, CornellTech Startup Studio, and Yale Tsai Innovation Center, Drexel Accelerator, and Starta Accelerator.

There is nothing more life-affirming to me than making an idea a reality and helping other founders along the way.


Gregory Meredith (MBA 1986)

Northeast U.S./New York Region Semi-Final Judge


Jill Goldhand (MBA 1993)

Northeast U.S./New York Region Semi-Final Judge

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Date: Feb 15, 2023Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM


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335 Madison Ave (between 43rd and 44th), New York, NY, 10017