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Mike Wilkes is the Project Manager of McKinney Economic Development Corporation’s Innovation Fund, a unique resource which supports local startups through a non-dilutive capital. He previously worked for the North Texas Angel Network, largely handling deal flow, entrepreneur relations, and public speaking engagements. NTAN is currently one of the most active and quickly growing angel networks in the region, and was recently voted Investment Organization of the Year by the DFW community.

He is a recent Cum Laude graduate from Texas A&M University, majoring in leadership and business. Prior to attending university, Mike spent 4 years as a Squad Leader in the Marine Corps and was awarded on two occasions for leadership across deployments to Kuwait, Iraq, the SW border, and the United Arab Emirates. Mike got his early start in entrepreneurship through an ammunition manufacturing startup and from running a CPG company since 2015. He has competed in and judged many pitch competitions, and especially enjoys working with veteran startup founders.