The Accelon team has decades of successful private equity investing and operating experience.

Abhijit Phanse, Managing Partner

Abhijit is the Managing Partner of Accelon Capital, a private equity fund focused on small to mid-market growth companies. He has 15 years of experience in starting, growing, and operating businesses, structuring equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and as a board director. Previously, Abhijit was the CEO of Scintera (, a company he co-founded in Silicon Valley in 2001. While growing Scintera, Abhijit built a top tier investor syndicate with VCs like August Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Sevin Rosen Funds, and Ridgewood Capital. Abhijit built a world class team ... more

Joel Peterson, Advisory Partner

Joel Peterson is the Founding Partner of Peterson Ventures, LLC, an early stage venture capital firm, and Peterson Partners, LP, a regional private equity company based in Salt Lake City. Joel has a long history of successful, early-stage investments in a variety of industries. He currently teaches Entrepreneurial Management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, serves as Director of Stanford GSB Center for Leadership Development and Research, and is Chairman of JetBlue and Director of Franklin Covey. He was formerly Managing Partner of Trammell Crow Company, and holds an MBA from Harva ... more

Jim Ellis, Advisory Partner

Jim Ellis is a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His teaching focuses on new venture formation and the effective management of small to mid-sized enterprises. Prior to teaching, Jim co-founded Asurion, the world’s largest handset insurance company, with Kevin Taweel. He currently serves on the boards of a number of companies including BUILD, Service Source Inc., Memento Press, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, and Southern California Risk Management Associates. Jim holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree with high honors in Economics fro ... more

Dick Allen, Advisory Partner

Dick Allen has over 40 years experience in the health care industry, both as an operating executive and as a seed capital investor/board member. He started his career at Baxter Healthcare, holding management positions in finance and operations. After leaving Baxter, Dick co-founded Caremark, the venture capital-backed pioneer of IV infusion therapy delivered in the home. He led the finance and operations functions for the company and played a key role in a successful IPO just three years after its founding. Since Caremark’s sale to Baxter in 1987, Dick has been President of DIMA Ventures, a ... more