W. Michael Short
Award-winning entrepreneur and founder of several university, foundation, and investor-backed economic development initiatives, public/private partnerships, and community-based ventures that involved hundreds of universities and community colleges, thousand entrepreneurs and businesses, and the largest national network of 14,323 community banks, credit unions, non-profit lenders, and community development financial institutions 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 WCBS News Radio 880 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 also serves as the Director of the International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC) at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Operated in collaboration with the City of New York, the City University of New York, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, IN2NYC helps the world’s most promising entrepreneurs relocate and expand their high growth ventures on in NYC at CUNY college campuses.
Mr. Short is also President of the Global Social Enterprise Institute (GSEI), Chairman of financial technology (FinTech) platform SourceFunding.org, and previously served 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 that address social, environmental, & community challenges nationally and globally.
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.