W. Michael Short

Founder & CEO

Award-winning entrepreneur and founder of several university, foundation, and investor-backed economic development initiatives, public/private partnerships, and community-based ventures involving hundreds of universities and community colleges, thousand entrepreneurs and businesses, and the largest national network of community banks, credit unions, non-profit lenders, and CDFIs in the U.S.

Initiatives highlighted as a Forbes Editors’ Pick for “leveling the playing field for small business," at the White House for economic impact and job creation, by the #1 ranked S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University for leading a “multibillion-dollar economic impact,” in “What’s Working: Small Business” by Huffington Post and Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses Initiative, in the Business and Management Review for socially responsible “FinTech Innovation," at the NY Stock Exchange in comparison to Amazon for small business finance, as a $100 million CGI-sponsored Commitment to Action, and by CBS News Radio Small Business Spotlight for making “economics and finance interesting, fun, and understandable [by offering] entrepreneurs an array of funding options so they can avoid predatory lenders.”

Mr. Short is the administrator of the International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC) at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (CUNY), which is a joint initiative operated by the City of New York, the City University of New York, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. IN2NYC helps the world’s best entrepreneurs relocate and expand their high growth ventures in NYC.

Mr. Short is President of the Global Social Enterprise Institute (GSEI), which he founded while serving as the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence at LeMoyne College's Center of Excellence for Global Engagement & Impact.

Other initiatives have included authoring the City of Syracuse's Community Literacy Action Plan, developing and implementing strategies to reclaim and revitalize abandoned inner-city properties, spearheading the largest privately pursued green infrastructure projects in Onondaga County with over a million dollars in committed funding, and implementing strategic planning efforts that resulted in over $5 million in development related grants, incentives, and equivalents for a diverse array of clients pursuing projects addressing social, environmental, & community challenges.

After graduating with honors from Syracuse University’s #1 ranked S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and #1 ranked Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Mr. Short was selected as a Syracuse University Engagement Scholar with support from Kauffman Foundation, Gifford Foundation, & Imagining America, to continue his work in SU's Office of Community Engagement & Economic Development on two multimillion dollar initiatives revitalizing a community with the highest levels of poverty concentration in the U.S.

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