Entrepreneurship & Innovation Career Panel

Feb 7, 2022 - Feb 7, 2022

Event Information

Two outstanding graduate brothers will share insight into how they leveraged U of A education and chapter leadership to extraordinary professional success. Join this Zoom session by RSVPing today!


Michael Wystrach '02

Mike Wystrach is the Founder of Freshly, the leading manufacturer of fresh, prepared meals in the U.S. Wystrach brings nearly a decade of experience in the food industry, as well as backgrounds in finance, real estate, and multiple startups. As former CEO, Wystrach led the charge at Freshly to deliver great-tasting meals directly to its customer’s doorsteps, while significantly reducing the environmental impact of the food industry.

Freshly was built on Wystrach’s personal mission to find convenient and healthy meal options for his fast-paced life. He discovered that through technology, he could disrupt the $1.3 trillion food industry by delivering food directly to customers. This allows Freshly to provide nutritious meals while reducing the food waste caused by the outdated grocery supply chain. All meals are cooked to order and are delivered fresh, never frozen. Freshly’s 100% all-natural meals are designed with no artificial ingredients, no refined sugars, and no gluten.

Prior to founding Freshly, Wystrach honed his natural entrepreneurial skills by working in every stage of business, from launching startups to equity sales with Wall Street trading companies. His hands-on experience in the business world, paired with a strong work ethic inspired by growing up on his family ranch, has provided him with the skill set to lead the operations, finances, and growth of Freshly. In October 2020, Freshly was acquired by Nestle for $1.5B.


Andrew Braccia '98

Andrew Braccia ‘98 graduated with a degree in Business from the Eller College of Management. He joined Accel in 2007 and focuses on consumer oriented mobile and web services companies. Andrew was an early investor and on the boards of Slack (acquired by Salesforce), lynda.com (acquired by LinkedIn), Squarespace, Vox Media, Cornershop (acquired by Uber), MyFitnessPal (acquired by Under Armour), Hotel Tonight (acquired by Airbnb), Cloudera (public), Anchor.fm (acquired by Spotify), Gametime, and UserTesting. He also works closely with the teams at Braintree (acquired by PayPal). Prior to joining Accel, Andrew spent close to a decade in a variety of executive positions at Yahoo!

Andrew and his wife, Kirsten, live in the San Francisco Bay area with their four children. They have generously donated major gifts to the University of Arizona to assist with the construction of the new academic center for UA student athletes, material support for nursing students and their educational teams, and recently, to support COVID-19 initiatives.


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Venue Information

Venue Name: Zoom