• Our Team

    We believe in really getting down in the trenches with founders and thus our team is composed of successful entrepreneurs, hustlers, engineers, and VCs.

    Co-Founder & Managing Partner


    Nandeet an Edison scholar, 30 under 30 for University of California, and an undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in History and Pre-Medicine. His highlights during his time at UCLA are highlighted by founding and leading an entrepreneurial organization (Venture: The Entrepreneur Society) and building Pyur Solutions, a company selling organic pesticide solutions. During his time at UCLA, he worked at various VC firm including Anthos Capital, Science Inc. and Space Angels Network. Beyond that his experience consists of researching TBI (traumatic brain injury) at NeuralAnalytics and completing various internships for companies such as Samsung, Dell, Ubisoft, and T-mobile. He is a contributor at TechCrunch, HuffPost, and StartupGrind.

    Co-Founder & Managing Partner


    Rajat has been called "One of the top 15 college entrepreneurs in the nation" by Forbes and at Penn, Rajat built and sold ThirdEye, a company dubbed as "Philadelphia's Top College Startup"; ThirdEye was a product that empowers visually impaired persons by verbally recognizing what they are looking at using computer vision. Rajat believes that all schools should encourage entrepreneurship and highlights his views on how we can fix our currently broken education system in his book What High School Didn’t Teach Me: A Recent Graduate’s Perspective on How High Schools are Killing Creativity. He is currently a contributor at Forbes and HuffPost. In the past he worked as the Interim COO of the IoT startup MainTool, was part of the Equity Crowdfunding team at Indiegogo, was a Kleiner Perkins KPCB Fellow, and worked in VC at Red and Blue Ventures (Warby Parker and Jet.com). He attended the University of Pennsylvania for a BS in Economics from Wharton and a MS in Engineering from Penn Engineering.

    Director of Corporate Connect


    Stephen is an undergraduate at NYU studying Economics, Mathematics and Computer Science. Stephen cofounded Novo Product Labs, an award winning design, engineering and prototyping studio for hardware products across IoT, CPG and medical devices. Novo Labs portfolio companies have gone on to raise over $300,000 in crowdfunding and over $7 million in venture capital. Additionally, Stephen has spent the past 3 years working in venture capital, TMT focused private equity and merchant banking in New York City. Passionate about social entrepreneurship, Stephen is a mentor at Defy Ventures, coaching entrepreneurs-in-training on their pitches and business plans. In addition, Stephen was awarded an inaugural Innovate NYC fellowship in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and international social impact accelerator The DO School. As a Fellow, he helped increase resource sharing and sustainability within the New York city incubator and accelerator ecosystem.

    Vyoma Patel

    Director of Media


    Vyoma graduated from The University of Sydney with double majors in Immunology and Cell Pathology. Having worked on research in Public Health from a scholarship awarded by Sydney Medical School and speaking at a Scientific Conference, Vyoma's tangent into Venture Capital began by dropping out of post-grad and being self-taught in programming, CS and machine learning/deep learning. After interning at VC firms in Australia, Vyoma founded VC101 as an initiative to open up the world of Venture Capital. VC101 serves the startup community by creating a bridge between startups and VCs.

    Director of Business Partnerships

    Bill Dong is a junior studying Enterprise Risk Management and Economics at Pennsylvania State University. He has previously conducted due diligence on various companies for investors, analysed various investment opportunities as a financial analyst, and worked as business development for the California based startup PeerTime. Bill is currently the adviser to two very early stage startups tackling artificial intelligence and content curation, as well as a Director of the International Business Association at Smeal College of Business.

    Venture Scout


    Peeyush Shrivastava is the Founder and CEO of Genetesis, a clinical-stage medical device company based out of Mason, Ohio. Peeyush and his co-founders started Genetesis out of their dorm rooms in 2013, and have since grown the company to over 20 employees with over $7 million in aggregate financing to date. Peeyush and the Genetesis team are creating novel biomagnetic imaging technologies to detect, diagnose and enable treatment for the world’s most debilitating diseases, starting with the Faraday Magnetocardiograph, a solution to rapidly detect coronary artery disease. The company’s work has been featured in CNN Money, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, MedCityNews and VentureBeat. In 2017, Peeyush took a leave of absence from The Ohio State University’s undergraduate biomedical science program to build the company full-time as a Thiel Fellow. Unsurprisingly, he is also a nerd in his spare time; when not working with his team, he can be found tinkering with his telescopes.

    Healthcare/Biotech Associate


    Austin Kaidi is an MD student at the Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons, where he is a Fellow at the Columbia Biomedical Accelerator. He received his BS in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA and his MSc Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. At UCLA, Austin conducted extensive research in vaccine development, and he now conducts research on Orthopedic device development and efficacy. He is passionate about integrating technology and the life-sciences to create disrupting bio-tech and health-tech.

    Venture Scout


    Jake Deutsch is an Undergraduate student at Babson College, the top-ranked Entrepreneurship school for over two decades. Jake pursued his first start-up at the age of 14 called “Loop.” Loop was an online platform that tailored the user experience to high school students in order to simplify the organization of online documents and communication. Through Jake’s work with numerous other start-ups, he has obtained a sturdy base of influential individuals that work for some of the country’s largest companies in various industries.

    Venture Scout


    Vibhav Altekar is an undergraduate student at UC Davis studying Electrical Engineering. Being an Intel ISEF winner in 2014 for semiconductor applications to pharmaceuticals, he is still an active member in the research community. He also won an international award from CleanTech for a “Solution to Pollution”: Using Winogradzky columns to generate electricity. With the goal of domain expertise in AI and hardware, Vibhav currently is a KPCB Fellow, completed internships at Twitter and Intel, and is working on research applying deep learning to protein inference. In addition to academic accolades, Vibhav has represented the USA Men’s cricket team at the Under15 and Under19 levels.

    Venture Scout


    Aashay is finishing up his undergraduate studies in Bioengineering and Tech Management at the University of Illinois and is headed to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in 2018. He co-founded and is CEO of Vitrix Health, a medical device and software company looking to vertically integrate medical hardware with machine learning for the developing world. With 4 years of basic science and translational research experience in biochemistry and medical imaging, he comes to Prototype Capital with experience in the bench-to-bedside pathway. He is also a University Senator and Chancellor's Scholar at UIUC.

    Amer Mriziq



    Amer began his journey as an entrepreneur designing and selling apps for the android platform at the age of fifteen. At eighteen, he made the world of consumer tech his home, working on project ‘Locat’ to give generation z direct access to every promotion once they step into any store. After meeting his co-founder via consumer social app ‘Campus Chill’, Amer fell in love with Chill’s mission to create true, meaningful connections using the world’s leading activities Ai, and joined the team as a co-founder and Head of Growth + Venture Fund Raising. He currently leads Chill’s efforts in expanding and applying it’s technology to solve the world’s most prominent problems in data, with the ultimate hope that it will open the floodgates to trialing innovations. Amer was ranked in the Top 3 peoples in California for Business Growth by DECA, Inc. as well as in the Top 10 state-wide. He has also won the San Francisco RMHC Scholarship for outstanding achievement. Now joining the world of Venture Capital, Amer has the ambition to become one of the youngest venture capitalists, with his purpose of enabling the genius that resides in every man and woman.

    Harsh Shah



    Harsh Shah is a first year student at Western University studying Economics. He plans to enter the Richard Ivey School of Business in third year to pursue a career in finance. He has been interviewed on national television, won a national scholarship from Peter Mansbridge, and has spoken at the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Gala in 2017. He also loves playing and watching sports such as basketball, volleyball and badminton. Also an avid gamer, Harsh loves to relax and play on his Ps3 during his freetime.