Michael Whelchel

Founder and Managing Parter of Big Path Capital

Industry: Financial Institution

Founding Year: 2007

Type of Business: B2B

What B2B service do you offer that may be of interest to collaborative members?Advisory services including company exits and capital raises.

I’d encourage members to reach out to me about: Capital advisory, company exits, mergers and acquisitions, and capital raises.

What is the best leadership book you’ve ever read? Catafalque.

Favorite hobby: Fishing.

More about Michael: 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 200 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 in the financial crisis. 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, leveraging the engine of capitalism for an expansive economy built on natural, social, and financial capital

Recognizing that impact investing isn’t just a different way of investing but a superior way of deploying capital, Michael committed to challenging the status quo and to raising the expectation of capital. In this vein, Big Path has created a number of first-in-class initiatives demonstrating SmarterMoney+: Maximize impact, Maximize return. These include the Five Fund Forum, Impact Capitalism Summit, and Impact & Sustainable trade Missions

Michael received his BA summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN and received a joint MBA and MEM (Master of Engineering Management) from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Michael is a Kellogg Youn Impact Scholar, an advisory board member of the Croatan Institute and is a member of the Social Venture Network, Real Leaders Impact Collaborative, and Net Impact.