Mike Steely

Mike Steely B&W PhotoMike has 25+ years of experience in technology, finance and entrepreneurial pursuits in Arkansas including serving in corporate internet strategy for Alltel Information Services during the original dot-com era. A CPA by degree and technologist at heart, his primary focus is taking on new ideas and developing innovative and profitable products for his or client companies.

Mike currently heads Sparkible, a lean startup business development company specializing in technology products, social enterprise and crowdfunding.  Mike is the founder of the Arkansas Venture Center, a non-profit organization serving as a regional startup acceleration and incubation program.  He is also the charter holder for the regional 1 Million Cups program in Little Rock and is a rabid supporter of the local startup scene.

He serves as a coach and mentor in various national startup accelerators, is a regional champion for UP Global and serves on the Advisory Board for SXSW and SXSW V2V.  When not judging a pitch or evaluating a lean canvas, Mike spends his time as the purveyor of the best hot dogs west of the Mississippi through his solar-powered mobile food cart company Green Cart Deli.