The PROTO Accelerator Team

Successful corporate innovation requires the harmonization of resources, community, and experience. The PROTO Accelerator team offers decades of experience orchestrating and developing thriving businesses within Michigan and beyond. We are here to coordinate and support the innovative ecosystems that benefits both corporate business and startup.

Tony Willis
517.702.3387 x 208

As the President of PROTO Accelerator, Tony works to enhance innovation systems for corporate partners. He engages in strategic sessions to assist them in the creation and deployment of an innovation statement, portfolio management, and measures of performance. Tony earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with a specialization in public relations from Michigan State University.

Joe Carr
Vice President
517.702.3387 x 206

A lifelong entrepreneur with experience in the Detroit and Chicago communities, Joe assists startups and entrepreneurs by connecting them to resources and expertise from area mentors. Joe has worked with several large corporations across the country, completing unique and challenging projects. He helps each PROTO Accelerator startup reach new levels of innovation while discovering new markets and paths for success. Joe was a Startup Weekend winner and TEDx Labs presenter. He serves on the Michigan Business Innovation Association Board of Directors.

Anum Mughal
Program Architect
517.702.3387 x 212

Anum enjoys the challenge of designing and managing programs to accelerate startups and established corporations in the innovation space, helping them find the best means to get a solid footing in their business. With a passion for creating inclusive initiatives to help businesses achieve their goals, she focuses on promoting the continued growth of the Lansing region. An entrepreneur herself, Anum ran a clothing boutique and a 3D projection mapping startup in Karachi, Pakistan. Anum holds a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA in management and marketing.