Mike StephensCEO at United Kingdom
Mike is the CEO of Entrepreneurial Spark, the mindset-led accelerator for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. They have supported over 4,000 entrepreneurs to raise £255m in investment and create 8,000 jobs, so Mike has seen a pitch or two! On joining Entrepreneurial Spark 3 years ago, Mike set up and ran the Leeds accelerator for 18 months before stepping up to lead on strategic projects. He has re-imagined the E-Spark Entrepreneurial Development Academy for corporates, and launched new support for entrepreneurs across the world, including Bermuda’s first accelerator hub. He took up the role of CEO in March 2018 and has been enjoying his own entrepreneurial journey building the next stage of growth.
Mike’s background before E-Spark was in corporate banking, with 10 years at NatWest in management and sales. During this time he worked on international trade, acquisitions, exits and leveraged finance. His broad experience working with businesses of all shapes and sizes lends itself well to the fast-paced world of start-up and scaleup.