Johnson County Enterprise Development
May 27, 2020
Jeff Shackelford
Johnson County Enterprise Development

Jeff Shackelford is the President & CEO of the Enterprise Center in Johnson County.  The ECJC is a 25 year old organization that has had an economic impact of over $3B for our region by supporting and funding early-stage, high-growth potential companies.  ECJC is home to the Women’s Business Center, Mid-America Angels Network, Growth Mentoring Service, Pitch Perfect program, Fountain Innovation Fund and Kansas Entrepreneurs Policy network.

Prior to joining the ECJC in July, 2019, Jeff was executive director of Digital Sandbox KC, a proof-of-concept center designed to help move early-stage entrepreneurs from concept-to-commercialization. Since launching in 2013, the program has funded development projects for 130 local, early-stage start-ups and has assisted in securing over $85M in equity investment for 70 Sandbox companies.  These companies have created over 700 new Kansas City region jobs. 

Mr. Shackelford has a unique and diverse professional background with a rare combination of Fortune 100 enterprise experience coupled with entrepreneurial, start-up and early stage ventures that includes a successful track record in capital fund-raising of over $500M.

Mr. Shackelford holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.