Michael Caslin

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GCSEN Foundation Board Chair, President & CEO


Marist School of Management, Babson College School of Executive Education, CUNY-Baruch-Zicklin Business School


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

Business Experience

17 Part Time jobs from age 8-21 yrs., FT Employee, Investor, Board duties- (15) For Profit Ventures, (22) Non-Profit Organizations over 38 years; Ventures- 14 USA, 8 Int’l- Belgium, China, India, Ireland, Germany, UK- England, Scotland, South Africa; Turn-Around Consultant to (40) Ventures across 12 Industry Segments, Raised $150M in Financing, Aggregate Systems Sales Revenue- $200M+

Expert Witness Testimony

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

Community Building

500,000+ Youth Entrepreneurs across 31 states and 13 countries, 1,000 Adult Micro-Entrepreneurs, 4,000 Entrepreneurship Teachers, 150 HISE Mentees


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


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


Mike is recognized as a respected entrepreneur practitioner as well as a Social Entrepreneurship thought leader with his work at Babson College, Investor’s Circle, SJF Institute, STRIVE, and CUNY-Baruch College-Zicklin Business School.

He has also led and served on internal leadership teams with respected organizations 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 to Corporate Turnaround, Renewal, M&A and Harvest. He also serves on numerous for and nonprofit boards.

As co-founder and CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), he steered it from insolvency in its first year of operations in 1988 to an annual $20M USA 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 (2) 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- 18/20 years- thanks to a growing donor base, stronger board leadership at the regional and global level and greater brand identity.  He actively fund- raised and helped build the organization to a $30+ Million system-wide annual budget and a $10 Million endowment.

During this time period, he also helped build a global and regional NFTE team as well as Headquarters and Regional Boards that collectively raised Philanthropic capital totaling $145,000,000 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 13 countries on 4 continents.  NFTE’s success was captured in two leading Social Entrepreneurship Case Studies focused on NFTE’s founding and subsequent scale (with the inaugural case written by the late Social Entrepreneurship Thought Leader Professor Greg Dees of Harvard Business School) and these case studies are now annual top sellers of the Harvard Business School Press.

Since 2004, Mike has served as a Faculty member in the role of “Prac-ademic: Practitioner Academic” at Babson College (ranked #1 for Entrepreneurship and #9 for Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability).  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.