GrayKea is a brainchild of three talented best friends who came
together to change the way higher education is perceived.
Siddhi Chandak, Co-Founder
Siddhi is studying Data Science and Economics at UC Berkeley and is passionate about creating a tangible impact in the community by finding data driven solutions, bringing experience with the Student Govt. and Social Impact VCs.
Ayushi Gupta, Co-Founder
Ayushi is studying Computer Science and Business Administration at the University of Southern California and is passionate about enhancing educational opportunities in disadvantaged communities, having also helped child laborers and children with autism.
Milena Bogdanova Bursztyn
Milena Bogdanova Bursztyn joined GrayKea’s Advisory Board in 2021.
Milena advises the team on their growth and investment strategies.
Milena is part of the Investor Committee Chair at Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, is the Food & AgTech Lead at Global Women in VC and has previously worked at Germin8 Ventures as an Investor, highlighting her rich experience in investing.
Milena holds a master’s degree in Economics, Strategy, and Behavioral Science from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business.
Leah Madden joined GrayKea’s Advisory Board in 2021.
Leah advises the team on their growth and investment strategies.
Leah is the Founder and Managing Director of Greenprint Growth Ventures, offering growth strategy and financial consulting to startups and venture capital portfolios. Leah holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business from the University of California, Berkeley.
Bill Allison started mentoring GrayKea in 2021.
Bill advises the team on technological advancement and institutional expansion strategies.
Bill is the CTO and Director of Middleware/APIs, Platforms, Architecture and Collaboration Services at the University of California, Berkeley, providing area expertise in fields relating to technology, innovation, IOT, and cloud and mobile computing.
Bill holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a degree from the CIO institute at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Katie Blum started mentoring GrayKea in 2020.
Katie advises the team on growth, marketing, and expansion strategies regarding institutions.
Katie is the Associate Vice President for Strategic Innovation at the University of Illinois Foundation. She is the founder of UIDEA, an internal accelerator that fuels new ideas in university advancement. She provides area expertise about startup ecosystems and growth opportunities regarding advancement.
Katie holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a degree in Business from the Freie Universität Berlin, a degree in Business and Public Policy from the Washington Campus, and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Penn State.