Mike is the Managing Director for MassChallenge Texas. MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, it is obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. Through its global network of accelerators in Boston, UK, Switzerland, Mexico City, and soon Texas it is creating a global renaissance of innovation. Mike is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Pitch-a-Kid - where real entrepreneurs pitch their company ideas to kids. It helps kids learn about entrepreneurship while pushing adult entrepreneurs to communicate better by using simple and straightforward language. Previously Mike was the Executive Director of Innovation and Technology Commercialization at Ascension in Austin, Texas. Mike led the capture, analysis, and commercialization of Ascension owned intellectual property. He routinely collaborated with intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs, and the startup community to pilot and evaluate new technology aligning with the overall strategy and market needs to solve pressing healthcare problems. Before Ascension, he was the Director of Research at Austin Ventures, a $3.9B venture capital firm in the Texas capital city. Mike performed extensive due diligence on potential portfolio investments or acquisitions with an emphasis on evaluating start-up enterprises in the business services, social media, the internet, and mobile media industries. Before joining Austin Ventures, Mike served in AT&T's Knowledge Ventures group where he led multiple efforts to monetize intellectual property from AT&T Labs through licensing, joint venture, and spin‐out initiatives. He helped deliver over $100M in associated revenue to the corporation in five years. He also worked in corporate strategy roles for both HP in Linux and Dell in servers and storage. Mike earned his BS from Illinois State University and his MBA from Western Illinois University.