Meet The Team
Born and raised in Montreal, Adam Shapiro founded Start-Up Nation Mentorship during his sophomore year at Cornell University. Adam sought to create an initiative that would provide transformative career opportunities to students from all backgrounds and bridge geopolitical divides on college campuses. Adam now lives in New York City and works at a global investment firm.
Co-Founder & Chairman
Cornell University '20
Ben Spilg is a senior at McGill University studying strategy and analytics. Ben joined Start-Up Nation Mentorship in 2019 as the campus director at McGill University. He has served as CEO of Start-Up Nation Mentorship since 2020, managing the executive teams and shaping strategic direction. Ben is currently interning at WalkMe and is serving as the President of Chabad at McGill.
Chief Executive Officer
McGill University '22
Dean is an investor at Team8 Capital. Before joining Team8 he worked in the investments team at OurCrowd where he led their investments in early-stage deep-tech and enterprise software. Prior, Dean was a Junior Data Scientist at MyTopDog, a leading Ed-Tech company. Dean holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, finishing with high distinctions. Before Dean’s academic and professional career, he played professional soccer at AZ Alkmaar in Holland and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.
Chief Growth Officer
IDC Herzliya ‘20
Justin Shapiro is a third-year medical student at the University of Toronto. Justin is concurrently pursuing a MSc in Health System Leadership & Innovation, and he serves as the program’s class co-president. During his undergraduate studies at Western University, he served on the university’s Board of Governors and Senate, the school’s two highest authoritative bodies. He has also served as the Co-chair of the CJPAC Fellowship, Canada’s premiere political training program for university students. Justin plans to pursue a career combining clinical medicine, healthcare leadership and innovation.
Co-Founder & Director of Canada
University of Toronto Medical School ‘23
Olivia Levine is an investor at Lead Edge Capital. She is a graduate of Duke University where she studied Public Policy and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors. While at Duke, she was on the executive board of TAMID, the first female president of Chabad at Duke, and pursued research in crime from firearms.
Co-Chief Operating Officer
Duke University ‘22
Jaime is a rising Junior from Panama studying Management Science & Engineering, minoring in History, and doing a Masters in Computer Science. In the past, he worked in the Panamanian Chamber of Commerce, founded a startup, and served as a Venture Capital Analyst at the Sony Innovation Fund in Tel Aviv. Jaime will be interning next summer at McKinsey in their Miami office focused on financial services and technology. In his free time, Jaime fences for Stanford D1 Men's Epee team and enjoys hiking.
JAIME LEO MIZRACHI
Co-Chief Operating Officer
Stanford University ‘24
Dani Springer is a third-year student in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, concentrating in both International Business and Strategic Management. Born and raised in Kingston, Daniella was a committed member of the Jewish community. She has recently been named a Ronald S. Lauder Fellow of the World Jewish Congress. Daniella continues to immerse herself in campus life, joining many executives teams in McGill's Management Undergraduate Society (MUS). In the future, she hopes to study law and use her degrees for the betterment of Israel.
Chief Marketing Officer
McGill University ‘23
Cami Tussie is a first year dental student at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Born in Buenos Aires and raised in South Florida, Cami received her B.S. in Bioengineering from Stanford University as a member of the Class of 2021. She has been extremely involved in Jewish life, leading Stanford's Israel Association, Jewish Student Association, and taking part in many non-profit Jewish organizations; she was a Ronald S. Lauder Fellow, a Stand With Us Emerson Fellow, and an ICC Grinspoon Fellow. Cami was initially a Stanford campus director for SUNM and then acted as the COO for the organization. She is fascinated by entrepreneurship and innovation, specifically in dentistry and medicine, and views SUNM as a beautiful bridge between the start-up culture she loves and the Israeli ecosystem.
Harvard University Dental School ‘25
Elan Arnowitz is an investor at Insight Partners and is based in New York City. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with a minor in history. Previously, he was an investor at Red Beard Ventures - an early stage crypto/web3 fund. He also worked on the information technology team at Marriott International.
In his free time, Elan enjoys DJing, skiing, and traveling.