Updated Botha Chan Summer Entrepreneurial Immersion Program Awardees


Jenny believes that in order to expand access to the formal financial system, we need to improve backend financial infrastructure for entrepreneurs. She is exploring the pain points faced by online and offline businesses when trying to access financial services and the tech-enabled startups trying to serve this market.


Jenny Johnston Resized

Jenny is an investor turned builder. She started her career at Goldman Sachs Investment Banking before leaving to pursue impact investing. She joined the Omidyar Network on the financial inclusion team and led investments in early-stage fintech companies across the globe. When the financial inclusion team spun out of Omidyar Network, Jenny joined the founding team of Flourish Ventures, a global financial health focused fund. She led the fund’s banking-as-service thesis and entry into Latin America. Prior to starting at Stanford GSB, Jenny led the Bank Partnerships team at Modern Treasury, a B2B payments infrastructure company in the US. Today, she is an active angel investor and Venture Partner at Better Tomorrow Ventures and RaliCap Ventures.


Hiring is broken. Employers told us directly they think hiring feels scary, that there’s no good way to vet non-traditional talent, and current methods take too much time and are too costly. Current hiring systems also over-index on resume signals and degrees, overlooking vast high-potential, untapped talent pools.

Bellbird’s vision is to revolutionize the way we hire. It’s the first scalable “try-and-buy” solution, catered to non-traditional, middle-skilled talent. Through automated micro-internships, we give employers more confidence on their hires and more data on someone’s potential with far less effort and cost. Bellbird’s solution is designed to empower non-traditional candidates while delighting employers with a low-lift program that fits seamlessly into existing workflows.


Amanda Bakerlee Resized

Amanda is passionate about finding solutions to increase access to upwardly-mobile career opportunities. Prior to Stanford, she held roles as a designer, product manager, researcher, and advisor across for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She was a founding member and Chief Product Officer of a YC-backed startup acquired by Philips, where she was deeply involved in recruiting strategy. Amanda spent her year prior to the GSB as a Stanford Bonini Fellow at the Lilly Foundation, putting together a grantmaking strategy to address wealth inequity. These experiences have inspired her to help companies hire more effectively, efficiently, and equitably. Amanda holds dual degrees ScB Psychology and BA Visual Art from Brown University, where she published research in both vision science and global mental health.


Rodolfo and Sebastian are working on a fintech solution that empowers homeowners to easily unlock the value of their homes.


Rodolfo Baquerizo Resized

Born and raised in Ecuador, Rodolfo is passionate about increasing financial access and lowering financial products' cost of capital to large segments of a population. As an Ecuadorian, he has seen firsthand how a lack of financial infrastructure hinders a society's ability to reach its full potential and is fascinated to learn ways it can be introduced through innovative startups. Before Stanford GSB, Rodolfo held various roles in Citigroup and Grupo AB, advising financial institutions and real estate firms. Additionally, Rodolfo is a Stanford SEED recipient focused on helping the Latin e-commerce platform Elevva launch its fintech arm.

Sebastian Baquerizo Resized

Sebastian is passionate about housing and technology's role in making homeownership more accessible. Over the past five years, he worked as a senior associate in Blackstone's real estate investment team, learning how capital and real estate can positively impact society. While at Blackstone, Sebastian introduced and led various philanthropic initiatives, including fundraisers and mentorship opportunities through his involvement as a junior board member of Change for Kids. Before Blackstone, Sebastian studied civil engineering at Duke University on a full-ride merit Robertson Scholarship. Sebastian is an incoming Stanford GSB student.

Can9 Bioengineering

As a part of the Botha Chan program, Nick and his team explored how recent breakthroughs in genetic modification tooling can assist in ensuring canine health and strengthening the human-canine bond.


Nick Gavin Resized

Nick Gavin is an American entrepreneur, technologist, and mathematician. He co-founded Eat Safe Codes, a QR-based digital restaurant menu service (acquired November 2021) as well as Can9 bioengineering, a canine CRISPR genetics company. He graduated with honors from Harvard College with a degree in mathematics and currently attends the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Previously, he managed part of Palantir's defense and intelligence portfolio. He speaks three languages and has visited over 85 sovereign nations.


While decentralized finance is the marriage between blockchain-based data structures and traditional financial market microstructures, it presents novel problems for crypto investors. Nick is working on solutions to help investors navigate the crypto ecosystem, studying problems throughout the entire investment process: deal flow, research and diligence, and portfolio management.


Nicholas Chow Resized

Nick is particularly fascinated with crypto market microstructure dynamics and designing systems that encourage better long-term incentive alignment. He previously worked on integrating machine learning and data science techniques with traditional equity investing at Wellington Management. Before that, he studied mathematics and computer science at Princeton (he started in imperial Russian history, but that's a story for another time…). He spends his free time applying novel quantitative lenses on interdisciplinary problems, whether financial markets, language analysis, or NBA basketball/ATP tennis player statistics.


Ben and Matt are building a FinTech investing platform with the mission of empowering individuals to achieve greater financial wellbeing by democratizing access to private equity. The platform offers a direct-to-consumer investing experience that allows individual investors to invest into a portfolio of industry-leading private equity funds, direct investments into private equity funds, and co-investments for private equity deals. The platform is launching at a crucial time in the private equity space. Private equity funds are making it a strategic priority to access “retail” investors.

While private equity fundraising demands are at all time highs, many traditional limited partners are becoming “tapped out.” The private markets are increasingly becoming more representative of the broader economy than the public markets as companies stay private longer and choose not to go public. Individual investors need better access to private equity to benefit from the value creation that occurs in the private markets. The direct-to-consumer investing platform gives individual investors the opportunity to build a diversified portfolio with the potential for greater returns and lower volatility by accessing industry-leading private equity funds.


Ben Chideckel Resized

Ben is passionate about building a more inclusive financial services ecosystem by harnessing technology to revolutionize consumer access. Before Stanford, Ben spent eight years as an investor at Blackstone, 3G Capital, and L Catterton, and these experiences demonstrated the advantages of private market access which, to date, has been open only to a select few. The idea that a broader group of individuals could benefit from the ability to invest in private equity motivated him to build a FinTech platform that aims to democratize access to private equity investments for individual investors. Ben strongly believes that expanding access to private equity will help everyday investors attain more fruitful and diversified portfolios which will, in turn, allow them to achieve a greater sense of financial stability. Ben received his B.S. in Economics with a concentration in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude.

Matt Podlesak Resized

Matthew is passionate about leveraging technology to break down structural barriers in the financial sector to empower individuals with greater financial wellbeing. Matthew began his career as a private equity investor with The Carlyle Group's flagship U.S. Buyout Fund and as a banker on Morgan Stanley's FinTech Investment Banking team. These experiences inspired Matthew to build a FinTech platform with the mission of democratizing access to private equity investments for individual investors. Matthew hopes that creating access to private equity will help everyday investors build an institutional quality, diversified portfolio to achieve greater financial wellbeing for themselves and their families. Matthew holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College, where he was a member of the Varsity Lightweight Rowing team.


Jeremy and Katherine are working to accelerate electric vehicle adoption by increasing private investment in EV charging infrastructure. Today, charging stations are largely unprofitable and must be subsidized by government incentives or backed by organizations with deep pockets. Private investors are disincentivized to invest until cost and revenue certainty is brought to the sector. The team is focused on improving charger profitability and reducing investment risk through advanced software management systems and novel financial structures.


Jeremy Pathmanabhan Resized

Jeremy is passionate about advancing our world to a carbon-neutral future. He is currently a first-year MBA student at Stanford GSB and a Knight-Hennessey Scholar. Before Stanford, Jeremy led the City of Los Angeles’ Climate Action Program, overseeing various city-wide climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives. He holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and a bachelor's in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California.

Katherine Playfair Resized

Katherine is committed to developing technical solutions that address climate change. She is currently a first-year MBA student at Stanford GSB, pursuing a joint degree with a master’s in environment and resources. Prior to Stanford, Katherine worked as a data scientist in the Sustainability Practice at McKinsey & Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University, where she split her time between classes and rowing on the Charles River.


The world is facing a mental health crisis, exacerbated by the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Botha-Chan Innovation Fellowship, Sydni explored solutions to the “loneliness epidemic” by helping women in cities build community. She believes that increasing meaningful connection will empower women, improve mental health outcomes and elevate overall levels of happiness.


Sydni Topper Resized

A Silicon Valley native, Sydni Topper is passionate about the intersection of data, technology, and community. She graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a BA in Computer Science modified with Mathematics. Prior to the GSB, she worked in tech, media, and telecom-focused strategy consulting and product marketing management for a drone startup, specializing in leading effective, data-driven teams. In her spare time, she loves to ski, hike, read, and organize community-based events.


Anna-Julia and her team worked on a novel technology for medical device delivery. Their vision is to eventually create a new manufacturing and delivery mechanism for medical devices that allows them to be delivered minimally-invasively, reducing the costs & complexity associated with delivery and expanding access to care.


Anna-Julia Resized

Anna-Julia spent her youth as an internationally competitive alpine skier before earning her B.Sc. and Honors degrees in business and technology management at LMU and CDTM in Munich. She developed an early passion for entrepreneurship, spending a semester at Berkeley Haas, working for a San Francisco based startup, and most recently, building up a business line from scratch at Modis/The Adecco Group. Aside from her entrepreneurial roles, Anna-Julia’s professional experience spans various business development, product management and strategy roles at companies like Amazon, McKinsey and a Medical Device Manufacturer. Since September 2021, she is pursuing a Master in Education Data Science with a focus on Educational Neuroscience.


Nina and Ali are tackling the education-to-employment gap for software engineers across emerging markets. Global demand for software engineering talent has never been higher, yet 70%+ of graduates from coding bootcamps struggle to find employment. We are piloting different apprenticeship and work opportunities that enable entry-level engineers to build careers in global tech companies.


Nina Chen Resized

Nina Chen aspires to unlock human potential in underserved communities around the world by creating more equitable pathways to education, employment, and entrepreneurship. She is currently an MBA student and a Knight-Hennessey Scholar. Prior to Stanford, she spent three years in Zambia, Kenya, and South Africa investing in, and scaling, early-stage companies. She led growth and strategy at the African Leadership Group's ALX and invested with the Raba Partnership.

Ali Malik Resized

Ali Malik is a PhD student in Computer Science and a Knight Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University. His research is focused on enabling open-access, high-quality education at scale using novel social and computational techniques. Ali is a co-creator of Code in Place, a large-scale online course that brought together computer scientists and students from all over the world, and trained over 2,000 volunteer teachers and taught close to 22,000 students.


While consulting at Deloitte, Angela led the national Analysts and Consultants program, the Toronto office summer internship program, and her team’s campus recruitment and onboarding efforts — all of which gave her insights into workforce learning. She discovered that the skills that young professionals needed to get ahead at work were not taught in university. Worse yet, proficiency in these skills was highly dependent on access to socioeconomic and social capital in childhood, so young professionals from under-resourced communities were disproportionately affected.

Angela explored potential solutions through her mentorship program and Mirmira and re-examined the challenge with fresh eyes through Botha Chan. She aims to develop a scalable, Gen Z-targeted workforce learning solution that levels the playing field for young professionals across North America.


Angela Chen Resized

Angela seeks to drive more equitable outcomes for Gen Zs from under-resourced communities by increasing access to workforce and lifelong education. Her passion for solving this unique challenge at the intersection of education, business, and technology comes from interactions with mentees from her social media-native mentorship program that helped over 11,000 young professionals across the world. This work inspired Angela’s Botha Chan focus and paved the groundwork for her first startup, instructiv. Before Stanford, Angela was a management consultant specializing in Public Sector innovation and transformation and an AI policy advisor at Deloitte Canada. At Stanford, Angela is a Threshold Venture Fellow and led Stanford’s student-run startup accelerator, Cardinal Ventures. Angela graduated magna cum lade from the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton’s Huntsman Dual Degree Program in International Studies and Business.


Mugen is a blockchain based game that will immerse users in a fantasy realm by leveraging Augment Reality, blockchain, and GPS location technology. Our game will incorporate ERC20 tokens and ERC721 tokens, providing users with full custody of their game assets, such as characters and items. Our ERC20 token is specifically designed to dispatch philanthropical donations, triggered by in game activities, to external wallets which will then be handed over to NPOs.

With crypto, we can finally hard code philanthropical behavior into entire monetary systems, and this is the step we are taking to do so. Our team consists of creators from all over the globe, spanning Japan, Korea, Canada, Mexico, Germany, the UK, and the US, and we have infused the gameplay with culturally significant and traditional elements from all corners of the globe.


Seaun Eddy Resized

Seaun's interests lie in blockchain technology, entertainment, and sports. During his undergraduate years Seaun studied Economics and Mechanical Engineering at Claremont Mckenna College and Columbia University. Prior to entering GSB, Seaun worked at Bain Consulting out of their Japan office, played professional basketball and represented the Japanese National Team, and spent two years working at a blockchain financial services firm operating in the Decentralized Finance space.
Seaun is an avid believer of blockchain technology and looks to work in Web3 upon completion of his masters degree. Having been raised in a multicultural home to a Trinidadian father and Japanese mother, Seaun is excited to tackle startup ideas that span across continents and bridge cultural boundaries.


Cardiotoxicity is the main reasons for drug attrition and withdrawal from the market. However, current methods for preclinical pro arrhythmic assessment are not sufficient to represent the complex drug effect. Our team Nano.Heart provides solutions to address this challenge.

We provide high-throughput, non-invasive nanotechnology that uses electrophysiological methods on human iPSCs to characterize cardiovascular disease pathogenesis and drug-cell interactions. We want to combine data produced from this single-cell technique with other multiomics, clinical, and imaging datasets to build personalized, AI-driven characterizations of brain disease for drug development and precision medicine.


Ching-Ting Tsai Resized

Ching-Ting is a PhD Candidate in Chemistry at Stanford. He obtained a B.S. with the highest distinction from National Taiwan University. Prior to Stanford, he researched osteoarthritis at Academia Sinica and received extensive training in various biomedical disciplines. His research has been published by Nature Communications, Biosensor and Bioelectronics, ACS Nano, Nano Letters and more.
As a PhD student, Ching-Ting devised a novel electrophysiology platform that helps evaluate drug-induced toxicity. This platform can help assist pre-clinical drug discovery. With experience in nanofabrication, bioelectronics, and electrophysiology, he has a unique insight into biological pathways and mechanisms on a molecular level. He hopes to leave a mark in biomedicine by addressing challenges in cardiovascular diseases.

Andy Chen

Andy is a third year PhD student in Bioengineering. He research fields are computational biology and immunology. Prior to his PhD, he was a physician-entrepreneur in Taiwan, where he helped build a nanoparticles-based PCR machine for clinical disease screening.

Sophia Lugo

Sophia is a second year MBA at Stanford GSB. She has worked in VC and tech policy; in product strategy in the Precision Health Solutions Incubator at BGI Genomics in China; as a consultant in life sciences and healthcare at BCG; and in health financing, supply chain, and product delivery at the Gates Foundation. She has a BA in Philosophy of Science and Biology from Harvard University, and an MA in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University (Schwarzman Scholars Program).


Pareto was born from a simple principle: Women wear 20% of their closets, 80% of the time. Despite this desire for simplicity, retail brands are centered on more product, more often. As a result, getting dressed is unnecessarily complicated.

We make the best version of core wardrobe essentials using our fully traceable, farm-to-closet supply chain. We work directly with every hand that touches our product, starting with the cotton farm, allowing us to make the best quality decisions at every stage. We then make getting dressed in the morning a breeze with personalized styling “recipes” (i.e., inspiration) based on the Pareto pieces you own. Read more about our push for traceability in the industry here.


Jessica Landzberg Resized

Jessica is a 2nd year GSB student. She is a total retail nerd — working as a store manager growing up and then in house for brands such as J.Crew, Band of Outsiders, and General Mills. She then worked as a consultant at McKinsey, serving exclusively retail / apparel brands. Her primary focus was helping retail brands build modern day tech stacks to fuel their in-store and online personalization.


PiqPlan is a technology platform focused on empowering insurance carriers in their relationship with their policyholders. We hope to do so by building sales enablement and marketplace tools to better help insurance plans sell directly to consumers and stay engaged with their policyholders.


Sulekha Ramayya Resized

Sulekha is currently in the second year of her MBA program at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to starting at Stanford, Sulekha spent her summer at Emerson Collective, Laurene Powell Jobs’ family office, where she spent time looking at digital health assets and was an investor in Devoted Health (next generation Medicare Advantage Health Plan).
She previously spent 3 years as a private equity and growth equity investor at KKR where she invested in healthcare and technology companies. She started her career at Goldman Sachs in the healthcare M&A group, where she had significant deal experience in the health insurance industry. She graduated University Valedictorian from USC with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering.

Shreya Ramayya Resized

Shreya Ramayya is a fourth-year medical student at Brown University applying for residency positions in internal medicine. She studied Computer Science and Economics at Brown as an undergraduate, and has a passion for medical technology and entrepreneurship. Prior to starting medical school, she held positions at Google, Microsoft, and D.E. Shaw Research.
She previously spent 3 years as a private equity and growth equity investor at KKR where she invested in healthcare and technology companies. She started her career at Goldman Sachs in the healthcare M&A group, where she had significant deal experience in the health insurance industry. She graduated University Valedictorian from USC with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering.

Preston Leasing

Hybrid and remote work have completely changed the role of the office space. Increasingly, companies are realizing that physical space can help drive innovation, creativity and morale. The challenge of finding and designing the right office space, however, can take months and require a myriad of professional service providers — brokers, attorneys, designers, movers and more. Our platform seeks to streamline the office leasing process, making it easier for companies to find space that supports a collaborative and connected workforce.


Rafi Sands Resized

Rafi is an entrepreneur exploring ways to streamline the commercial real estate leasing process. Prior to the GSB, he held roles supporting business development and operations efforts at three different startups, including most recently Pano AI, a climate tech company using HD cameras and artificial intelligence to improve wildfire detection and response. He graduated with a BA in business economics & political science from UCLA before beginning his career with Bain & Company in Los Angeles.

RenewBat Solutions

During and since his Botha Chan Innovation Internship, Sankalp has been exploring opportunities and challenges in scaling the battery recycling ecosystem in North America. Lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from electric vehicles to consumer electronics, are currently produced in an economically and environmentally unsustainable manner, with the vast majority of batteries not reused or recycled.

With the rapid ongoing growth of electric vehicle adoption, there is a need to simultaneously build a circular economy for batteries in order to maximize value recovery for the critical minerals in batteries and minimize damage to the environment. Sankalp is evaluating opportunities across the recycling value chain - including collection, logistics, mechanical separation, metals extraction, and remanufacturing - to help enable this circular economy.


Sankalp Banerjee Resized

Sankalp is passionate about innovative solutions in the field of decarbonization and climate change mitigation. Prior to Stanford GSB, Sankalp was an energy and climate-tech focused investor with experience supporting growth stage companies across the energy, transportation, infrastructure, and agriculture sectors. Sankalp graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Operations Research and a focus on energy systems.


Growing up, Maria would give presents to family and friends as a way of showing appreciation. Now having family spread out across multiple continents, she realized the issues associated with buying presents and gifts online. She decided to work with retail merchants to reduce the current frictions associated with gift-giving.


Maria Silva Willson Resized

Maria, grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and earned her bachelor's in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech. Prior to Stanford GSB, she started her career in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs and later transitioned to fintech startup Clara, as their second Product Manager.


Together with four Stanford PhD students, Cindy and David are building the next generation of human computer interaction - a wearable smartband that turns your hand into a powerful Augmented Reality (AR) controller. With custom hardware and cutting-edge machine learning algorithms, their goal is to build a platform that allows users to become AR native in minutes through intuitive gesture controls.


Cindy Huang

Cindy and David met during Cindy’s first year at Stanford GSB and David's first year of a dual MA/MBA. Before Stanford, Cindy worked at Tesla as a Process Engineer and then became the youngest Staff Technical Program Manager, launching and scaling new products. She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT, where she was a published researcher in AI/robotics/biotech. She also loves building communities through music and is excited about the potential of AR/VR to transform social music experiences.

David Harrison Resized

Prior to Stanford GSB, David worked at a climate tech startup and as a consultant in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group where he led projects to develop and deploy data analytics solutions for clients across the public and private sectors. David graduated from Tufts University with BAs in Economics and International Relations and holds an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford. He aspires to build startups that emphasize sustainable business models and is excited about the potential of AR/VR and next-generation interfaces to increase accessibility in the digital world.


Olivier and Naunidh are working on Tetrix, a startup dedicated to improving efficiency and mitigating risk in the supply chain industry. They were introduced to the shortcomings of the industry through an independent research project at Stanford on blockchain’s practical use cases. During the Botha Chan program, they interviewed over 100 supply chain executives to better understand their pain points in managing their supply chain operations. They are currently co-developing a pilot version of their SaaS platform with startups and midsize businesses to give them access to an integrated tool that plugs into their supply chain and automates manual processes.


Nauhnidh Bhalla Resized

Olivier and Naunidh met on day one of their MBA experience at Stanford GSB. Shortly after, they started ideating and exploring unaddressed pain points in complex industries.
Before Stanford, Naunidh worked as a software engineer and technology lead at JP Morgan Chase in Singapore, where he led projects spanning cloud computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence. He is also a serial hackathon competitor and winner and has filed 3 software patents. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science, with a focus on artificial intelligence and business analytics, from the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Naunidh is currently a dual degree MBA and MPA student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Harvard Kennedy School.

Olivier Babin Resized

Prior to Stanford, Olivier started his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in New York and then worked as venture capital investor at the SoftBank Vision Fund in San Francisco, investing in e-commerce and consumer companies. He also co-founded Mkono, a microfinance nonprofit in Kenya, to empower small and medium local businesses. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from McGill University.


Over the summer, James focused on building Traverse, a computer vision startup that makes high-quality 3D digital asset creation quick and easy. Right now, one of the largest bottlenecks in immersive technology adoption is the lack of quality content creation. Traverse aims to help solve this problem by optimizing mesh generation from Neural Radiance Fields for enterprise customers.


James Brown Resized

James is a proud Nebraska native with an interest in pursuing impactful technology ventures. Prior to the GSB, James graduated from UNL with a degree in mechanical engineering and served as both an Infantry Officer and an Information Operations Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Passionate about entrepreneurship of all kinds, James designed and oversaw the creation of a Marine Corps innovation center, co-founded a food waste recovery app for the city of San Diego, and interned at a defense technology VC firm, Harpoon Ventures, before his MBA.
On campus, he splits his time between working on Mission Innovation, a semiconductor IP core company he co-founded, and exploring the Bay Area with his fiancée.


Rennie and Thomas are building a platform that connects consumer brands with content creators on TikTok and Instagram. During the course of the program and beyond, they have focused on running a manual trial with creators and building a minimum viable product for testing in the Fall. If you know of any consumer brands that are interested in upleveling their social media advertising performance, they’d love for you to get in touch! Email them.


Rennie Song Resized

Rennie began her career as a software engineer at Facebook in San Francisco. While at Facebook, she focused on building the company’s music infrastructure and video management platform. Rennie then transferred to Instagram where she worked across the Profile, Stories, and Feed teams. She spent her final two years with the company in Japan, where she opened the Instagram Tokyo office and served as lead backend engineer. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in computer science.

Thomas Stone Resized

Prior to the GSB, Thomas worked at L.E.K. Consulting in their Los Angeles office, where he was a member of their data and analytics practice. He then spent time in various go-to-market roles at tech companies, including Alloy, an early-stage startup that provides a data platform for consumer brands. Thomas is an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow, and he graduated from BYU with a degree in economics.