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Applications for 2019 accelerator cohort will open December 2018.


Join the Desai Community!

We look for early stage technology-based companies with demonstrated product-building capability, market validation, and an exceptional team dynamic with the ability to execute quickly.

As part of the Desai Accelerator, teams are granted founder-friendly seed funding, access to our wide mentor network, and collaborative work space in downtown Ann Arbor. Read more about our program here.

RECOMMEND A TEAM

We appreciate warm introductions to promising startups, and have accepted several teams from community recommendation. If you know founders who are right for Desai, please complete our contact form and check "Recommending a Team".

Join the Desai Community!

We look for early stage technology-based companies with demonstrated product-building capability, market validation, and an exceptional team dynamic with the ability to execute quickly.

As part of the Desai Accelerator, teams are granted founder-friendly seed funding, access to our wide mentor network, and collaborative work space in downtown Ann Arbor. Read more about our program here.

RECOMMEND A TEAM

We appreciate warm introductions to promising startups, and have accepted several teams from community recommendation. If you know founders who are right for Desai, please complete our contact form and check "Recommending a Team".

THE APPLICATION PROCESS


Our application is hosted on AngelList. We evaluate each and every application we receive. We will reach out to you directly if your team is accepted for an interview.



THE APPLICATION PROCESS


Our application is hosted on AngelList. We evaluate each and every application we receive. We will reach out to you directly if your team is accepted for an interview.

FAQs


HOW FAR ALONG DO WE HAVE TO BE TO APPLY?

You should have completed customer discovery, have a working MVP or beta version of your product, early customer traction, and market validation.


DO I NEED A BUSINESS PLAN?

You will not need to supply a business plan as part of the application process, however be prepared to answer relevant questions if asked for an interview.


DO YOU INVEST IN SINGLE FOUNDERS OR TEAMS OF CO-FOUNDERS?

It is challenging to create a scalable startup alone, so we strongly encourage well-rounded teams of at least two co-founders with a cross-disciplinary range of skills.


HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHICH COMPANIES TO ACCEPT?

We review applications with a thorough due diligence process. Some questions we may ask while reviewing applications are:

  • How big is the idea? How unique is it?
  • Is technology part of your company's DNA?
  • Have you demonstrated commercial proof/early market validation?
  • Is at least one co-founder devoting full time to your venture's success?
  • Is your team diverse, open minded, coachable, and execution-oriented?

DO I NEED TO BE AN ALUMNUS OR FACULTY OF UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN TO APPLY?

No, you do not need to have any affiliation with the University of Michigan to apply, but if accepted, you will tap into the resources and network from one of the largest alumni bases in the world.


I AM A CURRENT STUDENT, CAN I APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?

Founders must be devoted full time to the venture, during and beyond the 16 weeks of the program. There are a lot of great resources through the University of Michigan for student entrepreneurs like the TechArb student accelerator.


CAN WE DO IT WITHOUT MOVING TO MICHIGAN?

You must be in Ann Arbor for the full 16 weeks of the program.


DO I NEED TO STAY IN ANN ARBOR WHEN THE PROGRAM ENDS?

No, we do not require you stay in Ann Arbor or Michigan, but we sure hope you do!


FAQs


HOW FAR ALONG DO WE HAVE TO BE TO APPLY?

You should have completed customer discovery, have a working MVP or beta version of your product, early customer traction, and market validation.


DO I NEED A BUSINESS PLAN?

You will not need to supply a business plan as part of the application process, however be prepared to answer relevant questions if asked for an interview.


DO YOU INVEST IN SINGLE FOUNDERS OR TEAMS OF CO-FOUNDERS?

It is challenging to create a scalable startup alone, so we strongly encourage well-rounded teams of at least two co-founders with a cross-disciplinary range of skills.


HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHICH COMPANIES TO ACCEPT?
We review applications with a thorough due diligence process. Some questions we may ask while reviewing applications are:
  • How big is the idea? How unique is it?
  • Is technology part of your company's DNA?
  • Have you demonstrated commercial proof/early market validation?
  • Is at least one co-founder devoting full time to your venture's success?
  • Is your team diverse, open minded, coachable, and execution-oriented?

DO I NEED TO BE AN ALUMNUS OR FACULTY OF UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN TO APPLY?

No, you do not need to have any affiliation with the University of Michigan to apply, but if accepted, you will tap into the resources and network from one of the largest alumni bases in the world.


I AM A CURRENT STUDENT, CAN I APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?

We require that at least one founder is devoted full time to the venture, and this includes beyond the 16 weeks of the program. There are a lot of great resources through the University of Michigan for student entrepreneurs like the TechArb student accelerator.


CAN WE DO IT WITHOUT MOVING TO MICHIGAN?

You must be in Ann Arbor for the full 16 weeks of the program.


DO I NEED TO STAY IN ANN ARBOR WHEN THE PROGRAM ENDS?

No, we do not require you stay in Ann Arbor or Michigan, but we sure hope you do!


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