Dharti Desai

As a Global Business Leader, Marketing Strategist, Investor, Advisor, D&I Champion, and Multilingual Entrepreneur who was born and raised in India, Dharti has built businesses that generated hundreds of millions in revenue, funded and mentored Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) in sectors ranging from AI to fashion and hospitality, and impacted thousands of female entrepreneurs across six continents.

Career Highlights:

✔️ 𝗠𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶-𝗛𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗱-𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻-𝗗𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗚𝗹𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗹 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗟𝗮𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵 & 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝘁𝗵. Conceived and constructed award-winning company that leveraged first-mover advantage, NextGen tech, and consultative sales to grow from seed-level to industry leader. Launched one of India’s largest printing facilities (170MM+ annual print runs), created book of business with Global 1000 accounts, and penetrated markets in the Americas, EU, and APAC.

✔️ 𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘂𝗿 𝗘𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁. Established programs that delivered tens of thousands of hours of mentorship to women entrepreneurs worldwide, from Google-sponsored accelerator sessions, pitch competitions, and open mic nights at TiE Women, to microenterprise skill training for underserved Indian women via Animedh Charitable Trust.

✔️ 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁-𝗨𝗽 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴. Funded and guided new ventures focused on AI, automation, fantasy sports, fashion, fintech, medical innovation, hospitality, and sustainability. Serve as Board Advisor to TagFi, an early-stage SaaS platform targeted to membership organizations, which provides solutions that drive community engagement and revenue growth.

✔️ 𝗧𝗶𝗘 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗥𝗮𝗽𝗶𝗱 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝘁𝗵. Conceived strategy that enabled TiE Women to onboard chapters in 30 countries in less than two years. Organized Global Pitch Competitions that drew 2,000 WBEs, and empowered women entrepreneurs in 6 continents.

✔️ 𝗞𝗲𝘆 𝗔𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀. Brokered longstanding relationships across industry to fuel goal attainment, with partners including Global 1000 (AMEX, Google, Wolter Kluwers), NGO (United Way, Rotary), and government entities (Bombay Stock Exchange empoWer).

Today, while women-led startups generate twice the ROI of their counterparts, only 2% of venture funding backs WBEs. I’m motivated to change that, collapse female founders’ hurdles to success, and empower daring women to develop transformative companies.

𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗲.
✔️ Global Strategic Leadership
✔️ B2B, B2C, B2B2C Marketing
✔️ Start-Up Planning & Growth
✔️ D&I & Entrepreneur Empowerment

Remy Arteaga, MBA

Remy currently serves as the Executive Director of CUNY Startups, a CUNY wide organization focused on improving the economic mobility of CUNY students through entrepreneurship programs. Remy previously served as Director of McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship within the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. At McGuire, Remy was responsible for delivering excellent academic and co-curricular programs that reached students throughout the university. 

As a professional with over 20 years of innovation experience, Remy has succeeded at launching and establishing new businesses, programs and initiatives. He brings a unique background that includes managing a non-profit, multiple successful startups, consulting on innovation, managing entrepreneurship centers in higher education, and creating a best in class entrepreneurship initiative at Stanford University. Remy also co-authored the John Wiley & Sons innovation and entrepreneurship book titled “Pivot.”

In the corporate and startup industries, he has launched and managed businesses, programs and initiatives. His higher education experience at University of Arizona, Stanford University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and University of Colorado- Boulder, allowed him to launch and manage curricular programs, accelerators, entrepreneurship centers, co-working spaces and entrepreneurship boot camps.

As a thought leader, Remy has been featured and quoted by several financial media outlets including CNN Money, Yahoo Finance, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. Also, as executive director of a non-profit, Remy launched and managed entrepreneurship research and education programs at Stanford University. Remy also has a rich history in technology commercialization with more than 20 years’ experience. 

As an entrepreneur, Remy raised millions of dollars in seed funding from angel investors, developed and negotiated investment agreements, built and managed startup teams, defined and negotiated licensing deals, and negotiated the multi-million dollar acquisition of his second startup. 

In his most recent startup experience, Remy helped launch a university generated software technology startup where he served as CEO for five years, before resigning to join Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as Adjunct Professor, Program Director for the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneur in Residence.

Remy received his BS in engineering at the University of Rochester and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.