Mike Smith, Jr., advises technology entrepreneurs across the state through the Innovate Arkansas Program. He brings more than 20 years of business advisory experience to the Innovate Arkansas team. Mike is a former senior vice president in the Corporate Finance Group of Stephens Inc. He completed more than 50 merger and acquisition, public offering and private placement transactions for privately owned and publicly traded middle market companies during his 13 years there.
He also sourced and executed principal investments for the Stephens family. Mike is a managing member of Gravity Arkansas, a member managed angel fund and is actively involved in venture capital and entrepreneurial development in the state and region. Mike has a B.A., Economics, Duke University, 1985 and M.B.A., Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, 1990.