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About Us

Something magical happens when people come together.

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Small biz love, from Detroit

The Motor City has seen its ups and downs, but has always persevered. Innovation and creative collaboration is in its DNA, from the electric car to Motown Sound and more.

⁠We base our HQ in Techtown Detroit, an inclusive incubator and co-working space, because it’s a hub alive with entrepreneurial action. This infectious energy, grit and purpose inspires us to do everything we can for small business entrepreneurs locally and far beyond the city of Detroit.
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We’re changing the game

After years of running programs to help small businesses, our founders realized we had to jumpstart a radical shift. Entrepreneurs needed better support in a quickly evolving business landscape, where traditional systems lacked flexibility, creativity, and connection.

⁠Excelerate America was born in 2017 because our team imagined a better way forward.

⁠⁠We envisioned a vibrant world of successful, happy entrepreneurs empowered to build businesses they love. It’s audacious, but it’s also pretty simple. A collective of game changers united and thriving across the country.
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What guides us as we grow


We’re a team of thinkers, doers, and problem-solvers

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Drew Beaman
Technical Director & Sr. Developer

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Lyndon Bowen
Data Product Manager
Sydney Carlson
Sydney Carlson
Digital Marketing Coordinator
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Bandhan Preet Kaur
Data & AI Engineer
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Michelle Keller
UX Writer
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Emily LaDrig
Chief Operating Officer
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Roy Lamphier
CEO & Founder

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Sophia Lamphier
Associate Product Manager
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Emily Schlicter
Full Stack Software Engineer
Heather Smith
Front-End Developer
Justine Smith-Eley
Brand and Communications Designer
Heidi Wilcox
Senior Director of Market Development & Partner Relations

Got small business in your soul?

We’re looking for people who collaborate and think far beyond the box. Loving donuts is a plus, too. If that sounds like you, check out our open roles.