Meet the New Fellows! 

The Venture Fellow Program is thrilled to announce its January 2022 cohort of fellows. As of this month, 80 fellows will be joining Alumni Ventures’ Venture Fellow Program (VFP), an educational and career acceleration program for early- to mid-career professionals who are interested in venture capital. 

This includes four fellows joining Spike Ventures, a venture fund for Stanford alumni and friends of the community.  Spike Ventures is an alumni fund of Alumni Ventures

Through the VFP, fellows gain practical and hands-on VC experience through Alumni Ventures’ VC 101 curriculum and working directly with their fund teams. Please find more information about our fellows, including details about those joining Spike Ventures, below.



Our January 2022 Cohort

  • Fellows come from all across the United States, living in 18 States and DC;
  • 87% of fellows come from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the VC industry:  
    • 45% identify as an underrepresented gender
    • 78% identify as an underrepresented race
  • 34% of fellows are first generation college graduates
  • Fellows represent a wide variety of industries, fields of study, and educational and professional backgrounds!  
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Introducing our New Fellows

Please meet the newest fellows joining Spike Ventures!  Check out their profiles below.

Charlotte Chen

Venture Fellow

Charlotte is an R&D Scientist at Amphix Bio, an early stage biotechnology startup. She previously worked at two different biotechnology startup companies, and has developed medical devices, pharmaceuticals, as well as combination devices, in both early and late stage startups. Following these R&D experiences, she is interested to learn more about the investment deals that drive scientific innovation. She holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, an MS in Bioengineering from Stanford University, and PhD in Materials Science from Northwestern University.


Kemar England

Venture Fellow

Kemar is an MBA candidate at the Wharton School. Prior to pursuing his MBA, he has worked in the technology space for 5+ years in a range of roles spanning strategy, finance, and investing. He was a Senior Associate at iRobot where he focused on developing corporate strategy, managing M&A deals, and supporting product ops. Additionally, Kemar worked with iRobot Ventures to invest in early-stage companies within the smart home IoT, computer vision/AI, and robotics space. Earlier in his career, Kemar was a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain & Company supporting private equity and TMT clients. Kemar graduated from Stanford University with a BS/MS in Engineering.


Chessin Gertler

Venture Fellow

Chessin is passionate about the future of mobility. He is the co-founder and CEO of Slé, an early stage startup incentivizing intelligent transportation decisions through gamification and novel analytics. Chessin began his career working in architecture offices as a designer before transitioning to roles in finance and at startups where he focused on strategy, operations, and branding, later founding a small business. He holds an AB in East Asian Studies from Harvard, an MA from the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford and an M.Arch from the Yale School of Architecture.


Horia Mărgărit

Venture Fellow

Ex-Autodesk manager of machine learning team. Plug and Play Tech Center alumnus entrepreneur. Stanford University graduate student. UC Berkeley alma matter. Twitter @accreditUnicorn

Interested in joining the Venture Fellow Program? 

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