Entrepreneur in Residence
Hi y'all! My name is Deepti Sharma. I'm the Entrepreneur in Residence here at the Athena Center. I'm a serial entrepreneur who sees entrepreneurship as a tool to build companies that help my community. I've bootstrapped and raised venture money for my businesses, and am here to help you ideate on and build your own. Entrepreneurship is a wonderful journey that requires a unique combination of intelligence and grit. It's not the easiest path, but I've found it to be incredibly rewarding. I hope I can help you navigate that world so you feel the same.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Deepti is the CEO and Founder of FoodtoEat, a community-minded catering concierge service. She started FoodtoEat in 2011 to connect immigrant, women and minority-owned food vendors to opportunities for growth - ultimately helping them strengthen their own business skills. FoodtoEat helps businesses feed employees great food and build stronger & more diverse work cultures. She is also a Co-Founder of Bikky, a platform solving customer engagement for restaurants.
As a mother and small business owner, Deepti is a vocal advocate for policies that benefit these communities. She served on the Board for the Business Center for New Americans, a non-profit that encourages immigrant entrepreneurship by providing micro-loans and financial education. She also writes about how companies can modernize motherhood in the workplace, and mentors female entrepreneurs as part of the NYC Mayor’s WE NYC initiative. She most recently ran for City Council in District 24 in Queens, NYC.