Puneeth is a third-year at the University of Virginia majoring in Computer Science. He is passionate about the intersection of finance and technology. He spent last summer working on financial technology at the Blackstone Group, and has previously worked at a startup. He has been a part of the Virginia Venture Fund since his first year at UVa and was an integral part in organizing the 3rd annual National Undergraduate Venture Cup in 2017.
Outside of the Virginia Venture Fund, Puneeth is a member of the Alternative Investment Fund, a travel member of the UVA Intercollegiate Programming Team (ACM@UVA), and a volunteer at Madison House.
Originally from just outside of D.C., Puneeth graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He is an zealous fan of professional football, basketball, tennis, and Formula 1
Austin Burt is a third-year student in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He is planning to concentrate in Finance and Information Technology in McIntire. Last summer, he interned for WMS Partners, where he worked as part of the alternative investments team. The summer after freshman year Austin worked for The Rock Creek Group as a summer analyst, helping the firm manage existing investments and evaluate potential investment opportunities. Austin has participated in several contests as a member of the VVF, including the 2017 National Undergraduate Venture Cup, where he was a member of the team that won 1st place.
In addition to VVF, Austin is also a member of Third Year Council and the Global Markets Group at UVA. Austin grew up in Timonium, MD and attended St. Paul’s School for Boys for high school.
VP OF PROGRAMMING
Aneesh is a second-year majoring in Financial Mathematics. He aims to leverage technology to improve the financial services industry. This past summer he worked at Novus Partners, the leading hedge fund analytics and advisory firm delivering financial technology products to high caliber investment managers such as Bessemer Trust, and K2 Advisors. He has been an active member of Virginia Venture Fund since his first semester of college, and is very passionate about building the next class of Analysts with a comprehensive training program incorporating guest speakers, professors, and professional content.
Aneesh is also an active member of the Global Markets Group and the McIntire Investment Institute. Among his interests, he likes to dance in UVA Di Shaan, the college’s sole competitive Bhangra team, and works out in a recreational MMA class. Aneesh also competes in case competitions with topics ranging from merger litigation to data analytics.
Victoria is a second-year at the University of Virginia intending to major in Commerce (Finance Concentration) and Economics with a minor in Spanish. She is passionate about exploring different fields of business, especially those with an international or social entrepreneurship component. A member of VVF since her first year, she has competed in multiple sourcing competitions and has partnered with various venture capital firms. In Summer 2017, she interned for Ringleader Ventures, a Chicago-based venture capital fund focused on the SaaS, insurance, and healthcare markets.
Outside of VVF, Victoria is a member of the University Guide Service, a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority, and a Teaching Assistant for Statistics.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Victoria graduated from Ursuline Academy. She enjoys working with kids, traveling, and running on the Charlottesville trails.
VP of Communications
Matt is a second-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing an economics major. After high-school, Matt took two consecutive gap years to co-found Versicharge and Polyuno, consumer electronics startups which ultimately introduced him to Venture Capital. After leaving both and gaining exposure to due diligence and underwriting processes as a Loan Coordinator at Berkeley Point Capital Matt co-founded Frontier Equity Research, an international equity research organization with branches in Hong Kong and Australia, while attending school in Richmond.
After leading a team to VVF's 2017 National Venture Cup, Matt became involved with VVF and now serves as the VP of Communications. Matt is passionate about startup culture in Charlottesville and Richmond and enjoys hiking and portraiture.
Thomas Shust is a second year at the University of Virginia, working to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science complimented by an Engineering Business minor. From Branchburg, New Jersey, Tom has been an integral part of the team since his first year. Financial markets, as well as technology, are some of Tom's many passions. Tom is an analyst working with Grotech Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm with a reputation for being a collaborative, long-term partner for entrepreneurs. Here, he applies his passions to source and pitch high-potential technology companies.
Tom is currently serving as the Treasurer of VVF and a mentor to the new class of analysts. Outside of VVF, Tom is a volunteer at Madison House where he is a youth basketball coach in an effort to serve the local community. He is also a part of the Club Rugby team, where he continues to learn and be fascinated by the intricacies of the sport. In addition, he is a dedicated New York Giants and Rangers fan and brings his competitive spirit to the intramural basketball league at UVa on a weekly basis.
VP of MARKETING
Kunal Chandak is a second year at the University of Virginia, intending to major in Commerce, with a finance concentration, and computer science. From Jersey City, New Jersey, Kunal enjoys reading on new consumer products and new consumer-facing technology. A member of VVF since his first year, Kunal has participated in multiple sourcing competitions, as well as worked with Ringleader Ventures, a Chicago-based venture capital firm focusing on the SaaS and healthcare markets. In Summer 2017, Kunal interned with Apollo Global Management, a private equity firm based out of New York.
Kunal is an involved member of the UVA community, serving as a coverage director for the Alternative Investment Fund and as an active member in the Global Markets Group. He also serves as the outreach chair for the Indian Student Association, where he gets to interact and plan multicultural events. Kunal is a passionate soccer fan and player, an aficionado for shoes and streetwear, and a hip hop enthusiast.
director of vaccelerate
James Wang s a third-year double majoring in Commerce (concentrating in Finance) and Computer Science. He is the head of V Accelerate, the new student-run accelerator program started in Fall 2016 under VVF that enables students to turn their ideas into products.
James is interested in consumer-facing app software engineering, fintech startups, and product management. In summer 2015 he interned at JPMorgan Chase as a technology analyst, developing iOS apps for their Project Management team. In summer 2016 he interned at Ambush, a venture-backed adtech startup, as a software engineer working on their data pipeline and cloud computing infrastructure.
Outside of VVF, James enjoys developing his own programming projects in his spare time, including a website designed to connect student startups with student talent: projectyle.xyz.