AEF Team

The Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund is run by Lauren Bender with support from the rest of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council team.

We are thankful for the support and active participation of the following Princeton alumni:

Feedback Panel

AEF Feedback Panel members screen applicants, recommend companies for AEF funding, and serve as mentors to the portfolio companies.

  • Brian D. Ascher, ’89

    Brian Ascher joined Venrock in 1998 as a Kauffman Fellow and is currently a Partner based in Venrock’s Palo Alto office. Brian invests broadly...

  • Peter L. Briger Jr., ’86

    Peter is a principal and Co-Chairman of the board of directors of Fortress.

  • Dennis J. Brownlee, ’74 S77

    Dennis J. Brownlee is a multimedia producer and entrepreneur.

  • Cynthia C. Hess, ’85

    Cynthia Clarfield Hess is Co-Chair of Fenwick’s Startups and Venture Capital Group.

  • Joy Marcus, '83

      • Founder and General Partner, Clarizio Marcus Capital and Lecturer, Princeton University

    Joy Marcus is the Co-Founder and General Partner at Clarizio Marcus Capital and is a Lecturer in entrepreneurship at Princeton University.

  • Gordon P. Ritter, ’86 P20

      • Chair, AEF Feedback Panel
      • General Partner, Emergence Capital

    Gordon Ritter is a Founder and General Partner of Emergence Capital Partners.

  • Jeff Samberg, ’88

      • Managing Director, Acadia Woods Partners, LLC

    Is the Managing Member of Acadia Woods Partners, LLC, a New York based investment partnership that focuses primarily on early-stage technology...

  • Ellen Siminoff, ’89 P22

    Ellen, President and CEO of Shmoop University, was a founding executive and Senior Vice President of Yahoo!, and former Chairman and CEO of...

  • Geoffrey Yang, ’81 P16 P22

      • Partner, Redpoint

    Founding Partner & Managing Director Redpoint Ventures


AEF portfolio companies receive mentorship from a wide group of entrepreneurial alumni, including:

  • Jim Cohen, '86

    Jim is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fitz Gate Ventures, a venture capital fund investing primarily in early stage companies where a...

  • Victoria Garcia, '97

    Victoria holds in-depth experience leading, growing and creating consumer brands, including management roles at LVMH (Marc Jacobs Head of Global...

  • Mark Poag, '93

    Mark is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fitz Gate Ventures, a venture capital fund investing primarily in early stage companies where a...

  • Leslie Stevens, '81

    Leslie Stevens is chief communications officer of Mezocliq. Prior to joining Mezocliq, Leslie was president of her own marketing agency LaForce...


Entrepreneurial Princeton alumni have been incredibly generous sharing their time and knowledge with the AEF founders at various events.  Recent and upcoming speakers include:


Sean MacIsaac '02, Yext

Paul Barnes '10, First Round Capital

William Watts '09, Tesla

Geoff Yang '81, Redpoint Ventures

Gordon Ritter '86, Emergence Capital

Amit Mukherjee '10, NEA

Nikhil Basu Trivedi '11, Shasta Ventures

Jack Altman ’11, Lattice

Jean Drouin ’94, Clarify Health Solutions

Jasper Malcolmson ’91, Skylight

Laurence Latimer *01, IEX

Brad Rock '80, DLA Piper



AEF would not be possible without the generous support of our donors.