Board of Directors

Adam Shapiro
Founder & Chairman

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 KKR, a global investment firm.

Ben Spilg
Vice Chairman

Ben Spilg is the Vice-Chairman at Start-Up Nation Mentorship, having previously served as CEO for two years. He graduated from McGill University in 2022 with concentrations in Strategy and Analytics and interned in marketing at WalkMe. Ben currently studies at the Machon Shlomo Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Dean Meyer
Board Member

Dean is a Partner at Sequoia Capital, where he leads investments in Cloud, Data, and AI technology. Before joining Sequoia, Dean was an investor at Vine Ventures, where he led early-stage investments across the U.S. and Israel. Dean holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Reichman University, graduating summa cum laude. Before Dean’s academic and professional career, he played professional soccer at Ajax Amsterdam in Holland and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.

Justin Shapiro
Co-Founder & Board Member

Born and raised in Montreal, Justin Shapiro is a resident physician in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Western University. He received his MD in 2023 from the University of Toronto, where he completed a concurrent MSc in Health System Leadership & Innovation. During his undergraduate studies at Western, he served on the university’s Board of Governors and Senate, the school’s two highest authoritative bodies. Justin plans to pursue a career at the nexus of surgery, research and innovation.

Cami Tussie
Board Member

Cami Tussie is a third 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.

Olivia Levine
Board Member

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.

Dani Springer
Board Member

Dani Springer is a graduating student of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, majoring in International Business and Strategic Management. She is also an active McGill Management Undergraduate Society (MUS) member, holding many executive positions, including Editor in Chief of the McGill Business Review. Since joining SUNM, Dani has served as both CMO and CEO and now hopes to use her appointment to the Board to bring SUNM to exciting new heights.

Elan Arnowitz
Board Member

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.