Mike Shepard

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Central Indiana

Mike Shepard is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Elevate Ventures focused on the central Indiana region. Shepard started his career in investment banking at JP Morgan and then spent five years as an option trader on the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. For the past 20 years, he has worked at six high-growth companies in industries including data center, ed tech, healthcare IT, medical device, and ag tech.

Mike first joined Elevate as an entrepreneur-in-residence in 2015. He left in 2017 to step into the chief financial and operations officer position at Spensa, an Elevate portfolio company. Since then, Mike has provided expertise as an Elevate advisor and more recently as a contractor operating similar to an EIR. Mike received his finance degree from Ball State University and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

  • What is the most important thing you do for Elevate Ventures’ clients/constituents? I listen and provide honest and constructive feedback, not criticism.
  • What from your past experience directly impacts your work today? I have been there and have empathy for founders on the amount of effort and the difficulty of the process.
  • Any “did you know?” random facts about yourself to share? I owned a skateboard shop while in high school and had dreadlocks.