Endeavor Heartland Appoints Tech Industry Leader Michael Guptan as Board Member

Bentonville, AR — Endeavor Heartland announces Michael Guptan has joined the Endeavor Heartland Board of Directors. With over 20 years of corporate development, strategy, and venture investment experience, Michael currently serves as the Global Head of Corporate Development at Walmart.

“Entrepreneurship is one of the most powerful change agents that we have in the Heartland. I am honored to join the Endeavor [Heartland] team to support the next generation of founders and innovators across the region.”


Prior to Walmart, Michael worked with Dell Technologies as the head of corporate development and venture investments for its Software, Services, and Security businesses as well as Chief Strategy Officer for DXC Technology. He has also worked as a technology investment banker and spent time early in his career with McKinsey & Company. Michael holds an MBA from The Wharton School.

“It is an honor to welcome Michael to our board of directors for this next chapter of Endeavor [Heartland’s] growth. His highly qualified expertise and global experience will be an asset to the team as we continue selecting and supporting the best of Northwest Arkansas entrepreneurs. ”


Michael will be assuming the Walmart board seat as Ashley Hubka, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development at Walmart, rolls off. She will continue to serve as a mentor to Endeavor Entrepreneurs and as a champion of economic transformation for Northwest Arkansas. These changes have been implemented through a planned transition as part of the sponsorship mission of Walmart Foundation.

“It has been an honor to serve on the Board of Endeavor [Heartland], and I look forward to continuing to support entrepreneurs as an Endeavor Mentor. I am confident Michael will be a great addition to the network, and I fully support the board’s selection as Michael embodies Endeavor’s mission of dreaming big, scaling up, and paying it forward.”


The Endeavor Heartland Board of Directors now includes:

Barbara Marchini-Ellis

Carl George

Clete Brewer

Elise Mitchell

Michael Guptan

Todd Simmons

“The board and I deeply appreciate Ashley Hubka for her leadership and significant contributions over the past two years as a founding board member and look forward to Michael Guptan joining the team as we continue to accelerate the growth of companies in our region. ”


Endeavor Heartland currently supports two companies and six Endeavor Entrepreneurs, Field Agent and NOWDiagnostics, that are impacting the Heartland economy through job creation and economic opportunities as they scale.

For more information about Endeavor Heartland or to nominate Northwest Arkansas entrepreneurs, please visit www.endeavornwa.org

About Endeavor

Established in 1997, Endeavor is leading the global high-impact entrepreneurship movement to drive economic growth and job creation by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. To date, Endeavor has screened more than 60,000 individuals and selected more than 2,000 founders, leading over 1,200 scale-up companies. With support from Endeavor’s worldwide mentor network, Endeavor Entrepreneurs have created over 4.1 million jobs, generate more than $24 billion in revenue each year, and inspire future generations to innovate and take risks, building strong entrepreneurship ecosystems in growth markets. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently operates in 35+ growth markets throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America.

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