Program

Program

Overview

Desai is a professional business accelerator open to any early-stage, tech-enabled startup. Our programming unites entrepreneurs who want to tap into Michigan’s vast network and resources, including those in Ann Arbor's rich entrepreneurial community and the world-class University of Michigan ecosystem. Through participating in our three-month program, startups receive funding, tailored mentorship opportunities, national visibility, and other resources that help them achieve successful sustainability. The program culminates in Demo Day, where each company pitches to a theater of investors.


Resources

The Desai Accelerator provides key resources to support early-stage startup development:

FUNDING

We provide founder-friendly seed funding in the form of a convertible note.

MENTORSHIP

Startups receive guidance from entrepreneurs, industry experts, community leaders, faculty, and one of the largest alumni networks in the world.

WORKSPACE

Teams have access to an open, collaborative working space in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, near the University of Michigan's central campus.

STAFF

Skilled University of Michigan student interns work on team projects during the duration of the program.

PERKS

Receive national and community resources such as AWS cloud credits, legal advice, access to marketing platforms, and more. As members of the Global Accelerator Network, we can provide access to over $500,000 in perks for your business.



Overview

Desai is a professional business accelerator open to any early-stage, tech-enabled startup. Our programming unites entrepreneurs who want to tap into Michigan’s vast network and resources, including those in Ann Arbor's rich entrepreneurial community and the world-class University of Michigan ecosystem. Through participating in our three-month program, startups receive funding, tailored mentorship opportunities, national visibility, and other resources that help them achieve successful sustainability. The program culminates in Demo Day, where each company pitches to a theater of investors


Resources

The Desai Accelerator provides key resources to support early-stage startup development:

FUNDING

We provide founder-friendly seed funding in the form of a SAFE.

MENTORSHIP

Startups receive guidance from entrepreneurs, industry experts, community leaders, faculty, and one of the largest alumni networks in the world.

WORKSPACE

Teams have access to an open, collaborative working space in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, near the University of Michigan's central campus.

STAFF

Skilled University of Michigan student interns work on team projects during the duration of the program.

PERKS

Receive national and community resources such as AWS cloud credits, legal advice, access to marketing platforms, and more. As members of the Global Accelerator Network, we can provide access to over $500,000 in perks for your business.



JOIN A THRIVING ANN ARBOR STARTUP COMMUNITY


Recognized as one of the most vibrant cities in the midwest, Ann Arbor is also home to one of the fastest growing startup hubs in the nation, which includes the Desai Accelerator. Surrounded by its very own University of Michigan and various technology frontrunners, Ann Arbor is the perfect location to grow a tech startup.

JOIN THE ANN ARBOR STARTUP COMMUNITY

Recognized as one of the most vibrant cities in the midwest, Ann Arbor is also home to one of the fastest growing startup hubs in the nation, which includes the Desai Accelerator. Surrounded by its very own University of Michigan and various technology frontrunners, Ann Arbor is the perfect location to grow a tech startup.

Want More?

We open applications every winter before our summer program. If you'd like to know when applications open, enter your email address and we'll make sure you know before anyone else.

Want More?

We open applications every spring and fall before our summer and winter programs. If you'd like to know when applications open, enter your email address and we'll make sure you know before anyone else.

ALEX TUCCIO
FOUNDER & CEO OF SCOUTDAY
 
"Towards the end of 2016, ScoutDay had one of those "near death experiences" entrepreneurs often face. We were out of money, the team had fallen apart, and it seemed we had no direction. The Desai Accelerator gave us a chance to be surrounded by incredible mentors and resources, as well as the necessary capital to jumpstart our business."

ALEX TUCCIO

FOUNDER AND CEO, SCOUTDAY

"Towards the end of 2016, ScoutDay had one of those "near death experiences" entrepreneurs often face. We were out of money, the team had fallen apart, and it seemed we had no direction. The Desai Accelerator gave us a chance to be surrounded by incredible mentors and resources, as well as the necessary capital to jumpstart our business."

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