Dan Kunitz

Dan Kunitz

Director, DC I-Corps Accelerator
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Dan Kunitz is a media and technology executive and entrepreneur who has been involved in the creation and management of several successful web and media start-ups.  

As Director of the DC I-Corps Accelerator Dan advises and provides support to all early stage technology companies in the NSF-sponsored DC I-Corps program run by University of Maryland, George Washington University, Virginia Tech University, and John Hopkins University.  In addition to working with many ventures that originate in University labs, Dan mentors a growing number of teams from Federal Lab initiatives and from incubators throughout the Washington region. Dan serves as Chairman of the Washington DC Economic Partnership's AccelerateDC program, where he manages a mentor network of technology start-up founders and executives.  He is also a Senior Advisor at Venture Well to NSF’s National Innovation Network.  Dan has also championed, instructed, and/or managed several international I-Corps and lean startup initiatives.

Prior to joining the DC I-Corps team, Dan was an entrepreneur, founder, and executive for several startups in the web, new media, and education sectors.  As Co-Founder and COO of Irides, LLC, a Virginia-based managed services provider, Dan oversaw all aspects of the company’s strategy and operations, and negotiated six acquisitions.  Dan was on the founding team of Politico, a Virginia-based new media venture covering politics, Capitol Hill, and lobbying.  As Associate Publisher and Managing Editor of politico.com, Dan was responsible for all aspects of the online strategy, built and managed a team of developers, designers, and content producers, and negotiated numerous strategic partnerships. Politico grew to over 100 employees and had 5 million monthly unique visitors in its first year.  Dan was involved in two other new media start-ups in the Washington region:  Local Point TV, an innovative short-form entertainment-based digital spectrum sub-channel, and NewsIT, a mobile platform for crowd-sourced news.  Dan’s career also includes two education ventures.  At MBA Center, Dan directed all aspects of the company’s communication, marketing, media, and editorial activities for Europe’s largest test prep provider with 12 locations throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.  Dan subsequently co-founded Professional Prime, a strategic advisory and consulting company headquartered in Paris and London, with offices throughout Europe and education clients worldwide.


Dan has a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MBA in International Business from Ecole des Ponts.