Sarika Gupta is the managing director of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (ZLI) and lecturer of business administration at Michigan Ross. In this role, she manages the team and day-to-day operations of the institute, oversees the development and execution of ZLI’s strategies and programs, advises student and alumni entrepreneurial teams, and engages with the entrepreneurial ecosystem at U-M and beyond. Sarika has extensive startup experience as a founder, manager, and mentor. She served as CEO of Dance Telephone – a group party game, COO of V-teractive – an online gaming startup, and Associate at MyBandStock.com – a digital platform for music fans. Previously, she was a Senior Quantitative Research Associate at Cambridge Associates – an investment management firm, and an Aviation Noise Consultant at Harris Miller Miller & Hanson – an environmental consulting company.
Sarika holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and an MBA from Michigan Ross. She serves as the VP of DEI for the Women in Business Alumni Association and sits on the LDFA Screening Committee for Ann Arbor SPARK.