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Michael Whelchel

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Big Path Capital

Michael is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Big Path Capital, a leading boutique impact investment bank focused on providing Corporate Finance, M&A, and Placement Agent services to impact companies and funds globally.  Big Path has worked with over 120 impact and sustainable companies and funds more than any firm in the sector.   In 2007 the old economy driven by the single gear of profit maximization reached a dead end. It was a moment of reckoning during which Michael left his fifteen year career in private equity to form Big Path Capital with his partner, Shawn Lesser, to leverage the engine of capitalism to advance an expansive economy built on natural, social, and financial capital. 

Michael is committed to raising our expectation of capital - that both positive impact and finanical return become the new standard.  In this vein, Big Path has created a number of  first of their kind initiatives all of which demonstrate SmarterMoney+:  Maximize impact, Maximize return. Those include the Five Fund Forum, Impact Capitalism Summit, and Impact & Sustainable Trade Missions.   Michael received a BA summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Michael is an advisory board member of the CroatanInstitute and the Babson Center for Global Commerce and is a member of the Social Venture Network and Net Impact.