Desai Accelerator looks for early-stage companies founded by upcoming or recent University of Michigan graduates. We prefer companies with demonstrated product-building capability, market validation, and an exceptional team dynamic with the ability to execute quickly.
While participating in our 10-month program, startups receive funding, tailored mentorship, hands-on training, national visibility, collaborative workspace in downtown Ann Arbor, and many key resources to help them achieve rapid growth – including free access to a 10-intern talent pool. Read more about the program here.
The 2020 cohort will run from May 17, 2020, to March 31, 2021.
Teams must have at least one founder who is or will be a recent, May 2019 through May 2020, graduate of the University of Michigan. Complete the below survey to request the official application – you can review the application questions here. If you meet the eligibility requirements, they will send you a link to the application after January 2, 2020.
The application asks you to share founder information as well as answer 24 questions. This application must be completed in one session – your progress won’t be saved. We encourage you to review the questions found here and write out your responses in a separate document, and then copy and paste them into the form.