Project Starfish America
We are proud to induct Subhashish Acharya into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.
Subhashish Acharya–better known as Subs (pronounced Subes)–is the Founder of Project Starfish (www.pstarfish.org), a global workforce development platform that launches and re-launches the careers of unemployed professionals with disabilities, youth, ex-felons, veterans etc by transforming them into digital workers with the help of contemporary skills, work experience and business inclusion.
Subhashish is a business professional and works at Oracle in the field of Alliance Strategy, managing Accenture for North America. In 2013, Subhashish attended a job fair for the blind in Boston. He observed first hand the problems, professionals with disabilities experience and was shocked at the unemployment rates for professionals with disabilities. Subhashish believed that unemployment can be solved via a mentorship model he invented that is based on “experiential learning” , “role playing”, “business and workplace simulation” and business inclusion to gain skills and work experience to springboard into the workforce. In the last 4 years, the Project Starfish model has mentored over 600+ individuals and subsequently created jobs and opportunities for over 200+ individuals in 8 countries i.e. USA, Canada, India, UK, Australia, UAE, Philippines and Malaysia by working with over 100+ companies. It is perhaps the only model that prepares workers as an online digital workforce which is work beyond borders. Subhashish is passionate about the cause and strives to create a better tomorrow for those who need work opportunities.
Subhashish has been appointed by Former Massachusetts Governor, Mr Deval Patrick to lead the Employment and Labor committee of the Rehabilition Council for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. His work has been mentioned in several newspapers around the world – Chicago Tribune(USA), Boston Globe(USA), Khaleej Times ( Dubai), Australian Entrepreneur magazine to name some. Project Starfish is now part of MIT’s Startup Exchange company and is scaling to accommodate veterans, youth, ex-felons etc and also transform them as workers globally along with professionals with disabilities.