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About Us


Akela Consulting seeks to equip innovative small businesses with the necessary expertise and support to secure government funding. Our goal is to help a select group of high-impact clients obtain grants to advance the R&D of emerging technologies and solutions that will respond to the global needs of today and tomorrow. 


Our firm was established to support innovative technology firms and help them expand exposure to Federal customers at the highest levels. Recognizing the challenges faced by small businesses, we offer a personalized consulting experience that is typically beyond their reach. To meet the needs of the start-up world, our company's success is closely intertwined with the success of our clients, driving us to deliver high-quality support and ensure their growth and prosperity.

How We Can Help

Grow Your Vision

Our Specialties

Federal Grants for American Small Business Innovation (SBIR/STTR)

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that offer domestic small businesses over $3.7 billion in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) funding to support their commercialization efforts. SBIRs and STTRs enable small businesses to explore their technological potential without any strings attached. The government takes no equity and does not require any repayment. These opportunities span every major government agency, including the Department of Defense, NASA, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and more. Through years of industry experience, Akela's expert consultants are here to help proposing companies identify relevant small business grant opportunities, engage with the relevant stakeholders, establish an effective proposal narrative, write and project manage quality proposals, and support companies through the contracting phase.

Meet Our Team

Zev Orzy Akela Consulting CEO

Chief Executive Officer


Backed by a passion for transformational technology and refined expertise in the complex world of government grants, Zev has developed a knack for securing federal funds to propel early-stage start-ups to commercialization. Previously, Zev served as a Department Manager and Team Leader at an industry-leading grant consulting firm. Zev helped small businesses secure $50M+ in grants, contracts, and in-kind contributions for a wide variety of technology firms, specializing in advanced materials, alternative energy solutions, space technology, and more. Zev has also excelled in a military capacity, serving as both a combat soldier and intelligence analyst in an Israeli Special Forces reconnaissance unit in the Commando brigade. Zev holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Finance from Reichman University in Herzliya, Israel.

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Zev Orzy Akela Consulting CEO
Daniel Kolos Akela Consulting vice-president

Vice President of Consulting


Daniel brings a unique perspective and a proven track record of delivering exceptional results. Daniel has served as a Junior Consultant, Senior Consultant, and Team Leader at a leading grant consulting firm and has raised over $10 million in non-dilutive funds for companies spanning a wide range of industries. Similar to the clients he works with, Daniel understands what it takes to start a business as he is a seasoned entrepreneur. Prior to entering the non-dilutive funding world, Daniel co-founded and successfully sold a technology start-up. Daniel has also served in the Israeli military as a combat soldier in the IDF. Daniel graduated Cum Laude from Reichman University and completed the Argov Fellowship – an esteemed government leadership program for Israel’s promising academics.

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Josh Bar-on Senior Consultant

Senior Advisor


Josh is a seasoned business development professional with a keen focus on partnerships and tech-scouting. With a rich background in the grant services realm, Josh played an instrumental role in building an established grant services company from infancy to success. Additionally, he managed a networking ecosystem for deep-tech startups and stakeholders, where he facilitated crucial connections and collaborations within the tech industry.

Drawing from his extensive experience, Josh assists Akela in building and nurturing meaningful relationships with partners and startups alike.

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