We put all of our chips on community to sustain us.


The next generation of technology startups will be built on values that sustain and scale families and communities.

To us, there is no better place in the world to do this than in the Greater Hudson Valley, the region made-up of the seven counties just north of New York City.

This is why we named ourselves Accel7, or as we say, A7. We are laser-focused on developing solutions from our own backyard, and are driven to improve the quality of life for our neighbors.

We focus on scaling solutions in micro markets first - our neighborhoods. Our approach enables early companies to build and test technologies with family and business networks where the teams live, work and play. As our founders and partners see more and more impact in our neighborhoods, A7 continues to support growth beyond the Hudson Valley region by bringing solutions to other micro markets.

How do we do this so effectively?

01/ We run 3-month cohorts throughout the year with early-stage, pre-product tech startup founders, providing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and path to money.

02/ We provide 6-month growth advisory for seed-stage who need business development support with prospective partners and clients.

03/ We host 1-month and 2-month entrepreneurship bootcamp programs for schools, colleges, nonprofits, employers and small business owners who are looking for innovation training, business modeling and/or triple bottom line growth.

And if you ask our team, we continue to deliver value because we focus on values. Above all, we care just as much about the transformation of our founders and teams as the transformation of their companies. This builds stronger community.

Reach out with ideas. We value your ideas.

Danny Potocki,  Director

Danny Potocki, Director


The Accel7 experience pushed our team to new heights in such a hyper-focused amount of time. For the first time in two years, we have the product and model to go to market.
— Founder, edtech startup



Our team is driven to help people and businesses in the place that matters most to them - home.

We live here. We work here. We explore here. We want this to be the best place for early companies.


Danny Potocki, Managing Director

Founder of Finis Ventures and former Head of Strategic Initiatives at Praescient Analytics, Danny leads vision and execution with startups and partners. An Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and graduate of Harvard University, he serves on the Advisory Board for Leading Innovation at Rutgers University and Strategic Committee at Iona Preparatory.

John W. Higgins, Head of Operations

A Kellogg MBA, John has experience launching startups and leading customer development with several startup companies. He leads A7’s curriculum development and spearheads due diligence. John has a deep commitment to community volunteerism, and is an advisor to several committees in the region.

Johnny LeHane, Head of Growth Strategy

Co-Founder of CLUBWAKA, Co-Founder of CO. Coworking, and Managing Partner of the Hudson Valley Startup Fund, Johnny leads business development and partnership initiatives. A former operations manager at AOL, he is a Good Work Institute Fellow and Executive Board Member of multiple community foundations.

Elissa Ehrlich, Head of Communications

An entrepreneur and founder, Elissa is an experienced consultant and advisor to Seed and Series A technology companies. Having led the NYC office for a strategy firm and managed client growth at The Bateman Group, she specializes in enterprise, cloud, mobile, and sustainability technologies. Elissa is a member of the Board of Trustees of Temple Beth Shalom.