About Desai Accelerator

Our History | Our Partners | Our Staff

 

About Desai Accelerator

Our History | Our Partners | Our Staff

Our History

The Desai Accelerator was founded in 2013 to expand the growing Ann Arbor technology startup community. With support from our generous benefactors at the Desai Sethi Family Foundation, the Desai Accelerator was created as a joint initiative between the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Michigan Ross and the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Equipped with resources from both the University and the city of Ann Arbor, the Desai Accelerator is able to help entrepreneurs build their businesses and maximize their potential.

Our History

The Desai Accelerator was founded in 2013 to expand the growing Ann Arbor technology startup community. With support from our generous benefactors at the Desai Sethi Family Foundation, the Desai Accelerator was created as a joint initiative between Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Michigan Ross and the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Equipped with resources from both the University and the city of Ann Arbor, the Desai Accelerator is able to help entrepreneurs build their businesses and maximize their potential.

Our Staff


Angela Kujava, Managing Director

Angela is responsible for the execution and development of the Desai’s business acceleration program, including mentoring and counseling startups and selecting and managing investments. She works closely with the region’s business communities for the benefit of not only the participating startups but also the broader entrepreneurial landscape. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, creative direction, small business consulting, team management, technology marketing, UI/UX analysis, and content writing. Angela is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Katy Lind, Program Manager

Katy supports the execution and development of the program, including managing the internship program and mentoring the startups.  Katy is the founder of Pincause, a purpose-driven platform and community that raised over $200K for non-profits since launching in January 2017. Her areas of expertise include startup marketing, customer activation, leadership development, event planning, and high energy. Katy graduated from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business with a M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Marketing and received her Dual Degree B.A. in Dance and Theatre from Scripps College.

Satish Malnaik, Entrepreneur in Residence

Satish Malnaik is a technology and venture creation enthusiast driven by a passion for innovation. He is CEO and co-founder of NextServices, leading a global team delivering a cloud health technology platform and knowledge-based revenue cycle services. Satish is also a co-founder at Fantelope, a collaboration marketplace for personalities, designers and charities.

Kim Gamez, Entrepreneur in Residence

For the past seventeen years, Kim has founded businesses in both the US and Mexico. Most recently, she was featured in Forbes, The Today Show, and has been dubbed Tech Start Up Darling with her latest endeavor, Mi Padrino. Kim is the founder of Mi Padrino, an event-planning, crowd-gifting platform for Hispanic families all across the US and Mexico. With over 1 million users in the past year, Mi Padrino makes it easy for families to plan weddings, quinceañeras, and more with ease, online. Kim is proud to be representing women entrepreneurs and serving the largest growing demographic in the United States.

Our Partners

The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation through a broad range of activities, including academics, symposium, competitions, and global community outreach. The Institute is the foremost resource for students and alumni of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business as they pursue entrepreneurial endeavors and private equity careers.

The Institute’s innovative approach to experiential learning - combined with the Business School's traditional management excellence - encourages and nurtures students exploring entrepreneurial careers to succeed, autonomously or in a corporate setting, as leaders for new venture creation and growth.


Our Partners

The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation through a broad range of activities, including academics, symposium, competitions, and global community outreach. The Institute is the foremost resource for students and alumni of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business as they pursue entrepreneurial endeavors and private equity careers.

The Institute’s innovative approach to experiential learning - combined with the Business School's traditional management excellence - encourages and nurtures students exploring entrepreneurial careers to succeed, autonomously or in a corporate setting, as leaders for new venture creation and growth.



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