Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club




Peter Neems is a passionate entrepreneur and excited to be leading the EVC club this year.  He is eager to continue to grow the entrepreneurial community in UVA and Charlottesville.  He is currently running his own medical device company, ProVazo, focused on hospital blood sampling.  Prior to Darden, he worked in Sales and Product Management at SunGard Alternative Investments.  He is from New York and holds a B.S. in Biology from The George Washington University.




VP Technology

Kenny Schulman hails from Cleveland, Ohio and found himself in Virginia via Chicago and Zurich, Switzerland.  He spent eight years as an auditor and consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in IT and business process reviews.  Kenny is founding an internet based company that specializes in creating local experiences for travelers via in the collaborative consumption model.  Kenny graduated from Miami University (OH) with a B.S. in Finance and Management Information Systems.  He also serves as the President of the Outdoors Club at Darden and loves tacos.



VP Communications & Careers

Matt McCauley is leaving behind the world of management consulting to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship. After his first year, he will participate in the Darden Business Incubator building a collaborative corporate education platform focused on peer teaching.  Prior to Darden, Matt worked on consulting engagements ranging from Mortgage Backed Security Fraud to Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal. Matt graduated from UVA with a B.S. in Finance and plays guitar in a rock band.



VP Events

Lauren Mendell is a New York City native and attended Colgate University where she double majored in Sociology and Anthropology.  She is an aspiring entrepreneur and previously co-founded the website www.MissKnowItAll.com.  A pop culture fanatic, Lauren worked at Bravo, the cable network owned by NBC Universal, in Advertising Sales and Partnership Marketing before attending Darden.  For the summer, Lauren will be at Google in the Brand Solutions department.   Lauren also serves as President of the Retail & Luxury Goods Club at Darden. 



VP Competitions

Alex Becker is a Darden MBA student (Class of 2014) with a passion for small businesses and the food service industry.  After graduating from UVA in 2008, Becker joined Credit Suisse as Global Head of Marketing for the Fixed Income Index Products group.  Before Wall Street, Alex consulted for a critically acclaimed gourmet and all-natural foods catering business in Westchester County, NY.  Through her hands on experience understanding store operations, she identified an opportunity to take the burden of daily operational tasks off of the small business owners, allowing them to focus on their passion—the customers and the food.  Becker was accepted into Darden’s Business Incubator in 2013 where she will spend the summer managing and growing phoodE, an online platform to help small businesses in the food service industry run their operations online.



VP Finance

Michael Humenansky is a Darden MBA student (Class of 2014) with a passion for entrepreneurship, start-ups, and mission-driven organizations. He came to Darden due to its reputation as a center for entrepreneurship, and will be a participant in the Darden Business Incubator. This summer, Michael will be in the Darden’s Business Incubator where he will spend the summer managing and growing 3T Fitness Solutions with another Darden student. They are focusing on developing a transportable, strength training fitness solution for deployed troops. Prior to business school, Michael was a management consultant with Booz Allen, where he worked on strategy engagements for various private and public clients, providing services in change management, competitive strategy, opportunity assessments, and strategic planning. Simultaneously, he provided pro-bono consulting services to 6 non-profits, as well as founded two 501c3 organizations. Michael received a B.S. from Miami University in Business and American Studies.



VP Venture Capital

Bill Yates is a Darden MBA student (Class of 2014) with an interest in venture capital, start-up and growth stage companies, and entrepreneurship.  Prior to business school, Bill worked for HSBC in the Leveraged and Acquisition Finance Group where he structured and executed private equity acquisitions, in addition to helping companies access the leveraged debt capital markets.  Combining this financing experience with an interest in high-growth enterprises, he participated in both the Darden Venture Capital Bootcamp and the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) during his first year.  This summer, Bill will be working at Updata Partners, a technology-focused growth equity firm in Washington, D.C.  Bill received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and also serves as an officer in the Darden Private Equity Club.


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