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Mike Caslin

Faculty

Babson College School of Executive Education; CUNY, Baruch-Zicklin Business School; Marist College School of Management; SUNY New Paltz Business School, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship; St. Peters University School of Business (NJ).

Lecturer

Babson College Olin Graduate School of Business (GSB); Bangkok University School of Entrepreneurship Management; Columbia University Uris GSB; Dartmouth College Tuck GSB; Duke University Fuqua School of Business; Harvard College, Harvard University GSB; University of Hong Kong; University of Prague; USC GSB; The Fund for American Studies, Wash. D.C.

Business Experience

Held 17 Part-Time jobs from age 8-21; FT Employee, Investor, Board duties in 15 For-Profit Ventures; Engaged with 22 Non-Profit Organizations; Ventures in USA (14); Int’l (8) in Belgium, China, India, Ireland, Germany, England, Scotland, South Africa; Turn-Around Consultant to 40 Ventures across 12 Industry sectors; Raised $150M in Financing, with Aggregate Systems Sales Revenue $200M+. Co-founder & CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Founder & current President of the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Network (GCSEN Foundation).

Community Building

Developed programs for 500,000+ Youth Entrepreneurs across 31 states and 13 countries, plus 1,000 Adult Micro-Entrepreneurs, 4,000 Entrepreneurship Teachers. Mentored 150 HISE program participants.

Expert Witness Testimony

U.S. Congress: U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship;        U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Commerce, Education and Technology; The White House Domestic Policy Council; the U.N. Economic Commission of Europe

Studies

B.A. Dual Major Economics & Political Science, Manhattanville College; MBA, Concentration in Entrepreneurship, Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business

Fellowships

University of Arizona: Economics Science Laboratory with ’02 Nobel Prize Winner for Economics, Prof. Vernon Smith; Georgetown University: TFAS/ICPES, Price-Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators, Norfolk Trust Sustainable City World Fellows Program                                                   

Bio

Professor Mike Caslin is recognized as a respected entrepreneur practitioner, as well as a Social Entrepreneurship thought leader for his work at Babson College, the Investor’s Circle, SJF Institute, STRIVE, CUNY-Baruch College-Zicklin Business School, and as Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at SUNY New Paltz Business School.

He has led or served on internal leadership teams for respected organizations and institutions ranging from Babson College, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, C-Quest Capital, Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Rising Tide Capital, The Fund for American Studies, and Urgent VC, LLC.  He is experienced in all stages of venture development, ranging from Pre-Revenue R&D, Start-Up, Early Growth, Rapid Growth and Scale, Corporate Turnaround, Renewal, M&A and Harvest cycles. He also serves on numerous for-profit and non-profit Boards.

As co-founder and CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), he steered it from insolvency in its first year of operation in 1988, to an annual $20M budget by the time he retired in 2008. Over this 20-year period, he led NFTE’s national and global expansion, while guiding NFTE through two major economic recessions and the September 11, 2001 attack and its aftermath. In the face of these challenges, NFTE achieved consistent annual growth and generated an operating surplus over 20 years. Mike developed NFTE’s growing donor base, its stronger board leadership at the regional and global levels, and greater brand identity. He actively fund-raised and helped build the organization to a $30M+ annual budget, having a $10M endowment.

During this period, he helped build a global and regional NFTE team, as well as Headquarter and Regional Boards that collectively raised philanthropic capital totaling $145M over a 20-year period. These resources helped in the creation of a global entrepreneurship education movement of 4,000 teachers, who helped 600,000+ youth and young adults become entrepreneurs in 31 U.S. States, and in 13 countries on 4 continents.  NFTE’s success was captured in two leading Social Entrepreneurship Case Studies focused on its founding and subsequent scaling up (with the initial case written by the late Social Entrepreneurship Thought Leader, Professor Greg Dees, Harvard Business School). These case studies are annual top sellers of the Harvard Business School Press.

Since 2004, Mike has served as a highly ranked Faculty member at Babson College in the role of “Prac-ademic” Practitioner Academic Professor. Mike is also a co-founding faculty member of three signature Babson initiatives: The Lewis Social Enterprise Campus Initiative, The Green Dorm, and The Butler Summer Venture Accelerator Program.

As Founder & President of GCSEN, Mike has helped create an organization focused on providing life-transforming learning experiences to 1 million millennials, while seeking to assist in the formulation and launch of 10,000 new social ventures by 2027. The organization’s innovative and inspirational materials include GCSEN’s adaptable Social Entrepreneur System curricula for partnering colleges; blended-learning on-line courses; community & campus-based Meaning Maker Boot Camps; and numerous books, study guides, whitepapers, and videos. GCSEN has also set up a social network support platform for alumni of its programs. For GCSEN, Mike is a prolific lecturer at international academic forums, helping to spread the word about the importance of accelerating the Social Entrepreneurship movement.

Recently, Professor Caslin, a 1978 alumnus of the prestigious Fund for American Studies (TFAS) Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems, received the TFAS Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his work in the field of Social Entrepreneurship. As one of only fifteen recipients of the Award out of 15,000 alumni, the Achievement Award is given to an alumnus who has achieved considerable success in a professional field or endeavor. “The recipient of this award has attained significant recognition in his career and embodies the values, ideals, and potential of an alumnus of a TFAS program. Recipients’ accomplishments are exceptional, furthering the goals of TFAS as a leader in promoting American values in democracy, citizenship, social responsibility and global economic activity.”