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Yale Innovators' Prize Judges

Meet the expert practitioners and innovators who will serve as the Yale Innovators' prize judges for Startup Yale's 2022 pitch competitions.

The Yale Innovators’ Prize is a $15,000 cash prize awarded to the for-profit or non-profit startup that has the potential to produce the greatest impact (financially, socially, or otherwise). The Yale Innovators’ Prize is open to any project, campaign, solution, venture, or non-profit led by a current Yale student(s). In addition to the potential prize money, the competition provides opportunities for mentorship, feedback, supportive services and networking.

The Yale Innovators' Prize supports the broadest array of student innovation at Yale University. Open to any team led by a currently enrolled Yale student, the Yale Innovators Prize is agnostic to field of work or industry that each applicant's innovation may fall into.

Yale Innovators' Prize Judges

Amar Bakshi
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Amar is the founder of Shared_Studios, a global initiative connecting people in live, full-body video environments to interact as if in the same room.

Daniel Kent
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Daniel Kent is the Director of Product Management, Personalization at Dow Jones. Previously he was the Lead Product Manager for Machine Learning at Glassdoor and co-founded and founded He graduated from Yale SOM with his MBA, UC Berkeley with a Master in Data Science and ML, and a Bachelor in the Growth and Structure of cities from Haverford College.

Christina Mainero
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Christina Mainero is Principal, Pharmacy Services Strategy & Innovation for Blue Shield of California's Pharmacy Care Reimagined program. She holds an MPH in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases from the Yale School of Public Health and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Previously, she worked with the Illumination Foundation, a non-profit working to break the cycle of homelessness; Deloitte Consulting; the Yale Emerging Infections Program; CAMA, a boutique health design firm; and Kaiser Permanente. Prior to joining Blue Shield, she co-led the Care Transformation program for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and was on the faculty of KP’s Advanced Human-Centered Design Program. Christina is a mentor for Yale’s TSAI CITY where she has coached three female-led teams in the healthcare and social enterprise space. Christina has been invited to speak at the Hive at the Claremont Colleges, Texas Tech, Parsons School of Design, and for the Yale Design and Innovation club. Christina takes satire writing classes with The Second City and doggedly pursues her self-imposed Goodreads Reading Challenge goals each year. She loves pineapple, spicy peppers, and hiking with her husband and her 2 pandemic rescue dogs, Finn & Henry.

Lindsay Siegel
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As Head of Impact for Company Ventures, Lindsay Siegel is working to shift the culture of tech for a more equitable and sustainable future. She oversees Company's North Star program, supporting founders to codify their values and purpose, and our workforce development efforts. She’s spent her career at the intersection of social good, business and technology, notably as an executive coach to startup founders and leading the Zahn Innovation Center at The City College of New York (CUNY). Throughout her career she worked across sectors in the US - corporate, nonprofit, university, government - and managed an ecolodge in Ecuador. She holds an MBA from Yale SOM and a BS from Northwestern, and sits on the advisory boards of CUNY Tech Prep and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership’s MPA program.

Matt Storeygard
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Matt Storeygard is a Senior Managing Director on the Venture Team at Connecticut Innovations. At CI, he leads the Healthcare/Bioscience Team and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, structuring new investments and supporting the growth and success of portfolio companies post-investment. He sits on the Board of Inbox Health, ReferWell, and Hubbub, Nest Collaborative, and Upswing Health and is a Board Observer on 4 additional Companies. Prior to CI, Matt’s experience includes five years at Cross Sector Consulting, where he provided strategic consulting services including planning, financial analyses, competitive analyses and implementation strategies for a variety of clients, including health care, education, community development finance and workforce organizations. Previously, he worked at the Urban Institute, where he developed predictive models to analyze the effects of health policy legislation. Matt received his B.A. in Economics at Haverford College and an Finance and Strategy at Yale School of Management.