Leadership Team

Our leaders are dedicated to building entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley. Feel free to reach out to any of us at any time!

Ido Deutsch

Founder of RestCloud (acquired 2013), payments & messaging solution for the online food delivery industry. Co-founder of StartupLink, connecting international startups with US based MBA programs. passionate about disruptive technology in the intersection of hardware and software.

George Panagiotakopoulos

Founder of The Kandifix Corporation - a data mining platform forecasting economic trends and volatility. Co-founder of Gerardi and Panäg, a design consultancy, product development, and prototyping lab in New York City. Current MBA candidate at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business with a focus on Strategy and Innovation.

Kyohei Mukaigawa

VP Finance & Membership
VC and Entrepreneurship enthusiast especially in areas of Industrial-IoT. 5 years experience in buy-side M&A especially in public utility arena at Mitsubishi Corporation. 2 years of experience in a management role in a water operations company focusing on strategic pivoting and personnel management.

Mark Simons

VP Careers
Experienced tech product manager and management consultant. Passionate about finding innovative analytics-driven solutions to customer problems.

Abhi Ramaswamy

VP Sponsorship
Former Management Consultant at Deloitte. Current MBA candidate at Haas pursuing commercial and corporate strategy roles in aviation and fintech. Avid traveler.

Monica Clark

VP Strategic Initiatives
Experienced technology consultant and business experience designer. Passionate about driving impact through design-thinking and disruptive technologies. 

Franklin Rice

VP Partnership
Franklin is a Junior Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major who enjoys combining tech and entrepreneurship. He's a project manager for the Machine Learning @ Berkeley club, and does research in the Berkeley Emergent Space Technologies robotics lab. He studied Entrepreneurship abroad in France last summer, and hosted an augmented reality hackathon last Fall. He races with the Cal Triathlon team.

Travis Brashears

VP Partnership
Travis Brashears is an undergraduate Engineering Physics major at UC Berkeley and the co-investigator on Professor Lubin’s DE-STAR, DEEP-IN, and related projects. He is the co-founder of Directed Energy, LLC, a company dedicated to developing the technology of directed energy for applications ranging from photonic power transmission to relativistic propulsion. Now at UC Berkeley, he works on bridging the gap between engineering and business students through the Berkeley Entrepreneurship Association. 

Alexander Seraphim

VP Events
After 2 years of experience in management consulting, worked in a startup in Africa bringing solar energy to the millions of people who don't have access to electricity. With a strong passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, Alex has special interest in healthcare and fintec.

Marcos Mena-Brena

VP Technology
Founder & CEO at Geekbears. We have partnered up with dozens of startups and Fortune 500 companies around the country to help them plan, design, develop and launch their web applications using Machine Learning techniques. Co-founded SchooLinks, an online platform simplifying college planning for high schoolers. We secured funding (1.3 M) and relocated to Austin, Texas.

Sunny Hien Nguyen

VP Marketing Communications
Passionate tourguide with her own startup in travel technology. Former marketer, creative thinker and story teller at heart. Strong interest in hardware, IoT & robotics and looking forward to starting her new company at Cal.
More About Our Leadership Team


Our leadership team is comprised of a diverse group of UC Berkeley students with the shared passion to foster and enable a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem at Berkeley.  Our experiences vary widely across industries and disciplines, and many of us are working on our own ventures in between school and leading BEA.