Kelly LaPierre

Kelly LaPierre

Most recently, Kelly founded the Desai Accelerator, an intensive program of funding, mentorship, and resources to help early stage ventures scale and succeed. As Managing Director she recruited and managed investments in in 16 tech enabled businesses, including MySwimPro (named 2016 Apple Watch App of the Year) and Companion (recognized by the Today Show, Good Morning America and starred on Planet of the Apps).

Previously she served as the Director of Marketing and Operations at Detroit start-up Grand Circus, a training institute giving people critical skills for new careers and helping local businesses grow by hiring local tech superstars. Over the past few years, she has worked with a variety of startup companies at the Boston-based investment fund TechStars and at the Detroit-based entrepreneurship accelerator Bizdom. In 2015 she was named Crains Detroit Business “40 under 40” and recognized as “25 Women in Tech.”

She has a BA from University of Michigan and a MBA from Harvard Business School.