Who we are


We're the most experienced innovation acceleration team on the planet. We've taken over 1,000 teams through our accelerator programs -- from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health Innovation Corps, to the UC Berkeley LAUNCH accelerator -- and we've delivered programs for HP, BOSCH, Intel and many other global organizations.

Andre Marquis


Andre is the CEO of Hypershift, Founder of the Innovation Acceleration Group at the University of California Berkeley and former Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship there. He scaled the Haas School of Business innovation ecosystem from 12 startups in a one room incubator to over 260 global innovation teams in just three years. Andre co-founded the Chorus Group at Eli LIlly in the early 2000s, which now accounts for half of Lilly's new product pipeline and showed that Agile and Lean works even in highly regulated industries. He has been a Founder or first management of startups with a combined 3 public stock offerings, a $200m acquisition by amazon.com and, most recently, a biotech that raised over $200m.

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Robert Freedman

VP Products

Robert is the VP of Products at Hypershift, responsible for delivering our innovative AgileBMI platform and services to customers. Robert has been a founder and executive in several acquired startups. Most recently he led the hardware team at Accomplio, delivering agile hardware development for IoT products. Previously he led web/apps at semiconductor firm Telegent, and led product and services teams at Certus, RightWorks, and other SAAS startups. Robert has also held leadership roles at Method Design, Ernst & Young and Oracle.

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Manav Subodh

General Manager, Asia Region

Manav is General Manager of Hypershift's Asia region, responsible for delivering AgileBMI to the fastest growing innovation region in the world. Manav is most recently the co-founder of 1M1B (A Million for A Billion), an initiative to activate a million young leaders & entrepreneurs who will drive a billion people out of poverty in the Caribbean, Ghana, India, Vietnam, and USA. He was featured in Forbes as "The Man Who Will Help 1 Billion People." In 2016, Manav led the creation of the first Smart Village, an accelerator for local job creation and providing last mile as a service to startups, which is now being replicated to thousands of villages in India as Startup GuruKool. Manav has also worked in the corporate sector with Intel, Ernst & Young, Hughes and QAI. At Intel, he worked as a Global Director for entrepreneurship in over 30 countries and later led mentoring and incubation for Intel CEO's inspired "Make it Wearable" program.

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Debi Gerstel

Customer Success Leader

Debi leads the Customer Success team at Hypershift. Her 20+ years of experience in Silicon Valley spans strategy, operations, marketing, business development, and communications. She has managed a variety of innovative projects, programs, and initiatives from ideation to execution at start-ups as well as at intrapreneurial ventures in established enterprises. Debi firmly believes that innovation is the only true way to create value, which she delivers through Hypershift's AgileBMI methodology.