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Miller Prize Judges

Meet the expert practitioners and innovators who will serve as the Miller prize judges for Startup Yale's 2023 pitch competitions.

The Miller Prize awards a $25,000 cash prize to a promising student-led venture working on innovative tech or tech-enabled solutions. In addition to the potential prize money, the competition provides opportunities for mentorship, feedback, and networking.

Miller Prize Judges

Marissa Cohen



Brandon Galang
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Brandon is the Director of Partnership Advisory & Delivery at Tessera, a series A NFT startup. Prior to Tessera, he was a technical product manager at Amazon and has been involved in the web3 community since early 2017. He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington.

Jenny Fielding
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Jenny Fielding is one of the most active pre-seed investors around, having invested in 300+ companies as the first check. As the cofounder and Managing Partner of The Fund, Jenny has built a thriving community of 500+ founders and operators who help source, diligence, and invest in the next generation of startups across 3 core verticals: money, health, and work. 

Prior to starting The Fund, Jenny spent 7.5 years as the Managing Director of Techstars where she invested in a portfolio of companies with a current market cap over $10B. Jenny is a 2x founder, a lawyer by training, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. 

Zach LaPalme
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Zach is a Senior Analyst and co-Portfolio Manager focusing on TMT investments at North Sound Management, a family office based in Greenwich, CT that invests across public and private markets. Prior to North Sound, he was a Senior Analyst at Newbrook Capital, a long/short equities hedge fund in NYC and has been investing in publicly traded technology companies since 2011. Prior to technology investing, he was an investment banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets on the Aerospace & Defense team in NYC. Zach holds a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.