U-M Desai Accelerator

Economic Development Organization

U-M Desai Accelerator

The Desai Accelerator is an intensive program of funding, mentorship, and resources to help early-stage ventures scale and succeed. Startups are accepted in cohorts, and the program culminates with a Demo Day, where each team will pitch to investors. The Desai Accelerator is a collaborative effort at the University of Michigan between the Zell Lurie Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ross School of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering. While the accelerator is a University of Michigan-supported program, applications are open to the public.



  • Angela Kujava
    Managing Director, U-M Desai Accelerator
  • Katy Lind
    Program Manager, U-M Desai Accelerator
  • Kelly LaPierre
    Startup Consultant and Advisor, American Family Insurance

Company Stages Served

  • Idea/Pre-Seed
  • Seed

Industry Sectors Served

  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Media

Types of Programs Offered

  • Business Acceleration
  • Capital

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