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This is the must-attend Grind event of 2017 for Parents, Educators, and Business Leaders.
He's a compassionate thinker with the 'will to win.' Mike is described by peers, employers, and employees as an exceptional leader who "balances the dynamics of change and getting results." He has built upon this and other strong leadership skills consistently while running his entrepreneurial journey of creating and growing business ecosystems.
Mike Millard's mission starts with building kids with Pitch-a-Kid while simultaneously funding startups through MassChallenge. He provides freedom for entrepreneurs to develop and grow ideas and businesses. He accomplishes his mission by empowering youth with their exposure to entrepreneurship as judges, giving them a fast understanding and quick analysis of startup, growth, and enterprise-level businesses through Pitch-a-Kid.
His mission continues as the current managing director for MassChallenge Texas, an accelerator providing mentoring from industry experts, tailored programming, free co-working space, and unrivaled access to corporate partners globally. A differentiator for MassChallenge is that they take no equity from their startups.
Whether you're running the entrepreneurial race, education race, or the race to acquire future talent, allow Mike to advise on your next steps.
To Educate, Inspire, and Connect Entrepreneurs
Our global community of 300+ chapters in 110 countries worldwide is here for you. Let us know... How may we best assist you? (I.e. - Can we help facilitate warm introductions to businesses, mentors, and/or investors to grow your startup here or elsewhere?)
On your mark, get set, GO! - Every month we invite local “Entrepreneur Partners” (Funded Startup, Growth & Enterprise Business Leaders) within our local ecosystem to kick off the event. Sharing accomplishments, values or needs with attendees, while connecting with our local team and featured guest demonstrates your commitment to our area's innovators. Entrepreneur Partners are also able to exhibit products and/or services after our signature Fireside Chat. This opportunity is available for a limited number of businesses, Apply Today!
Listen & Learn - Are you a member of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem? And/Or... Do you have children (truly or businesses that may as well be) who can benefit from exposure and funding? We encourage you to come meet, learn from and have the chance to ask questions of one of Texas’ most dedicated dads and innovators, Mike Millard (LinkedIn Bio).
Spread the Word - Startup Grind Houston's monthly events are an effective and valuable opportunity to share your brand and message with our local entrepreneurial community. Startup Grind’s events regularly attract many influential Founders, Professionals, and Investors. We have several options available, starting at only $250. (Connect Here)
Mike's an advisor, mentor, and investor who's expertise spans investor relations to understanding how to commercialize your idea. He is MassChallenge's Managing Director for Texas and brings a fun and insightful perspective to startups looking to build and grow. When #tappingthebrain of Mike Millard you will learn he brings a wealth of experience to the Startup table.Read More
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.