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Shane Kelly

  • Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Shane founded Cinematica Labs to build ecosystems for mission-driven founders, designing for founder well-being and underserved communities. In 2022, Cinematica Labs partnered with Pharrell Williams’ Black Ambition to engage over 200 founders and 50 mentors.

Shane's work has been featured by TenOneTen’s LA Venture podcast, Google Developers, and Forbes. Shane serves as Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship for University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business where he teaches the Venture Lab, a course designed to guide students to make $50k startup investments out of the USC Marshall Venture Fund. He also teaches Venture Capital to emerging investors through his role as Investor in Residence for, after which Fellows are placed into paid internships with top Venture Capital firms including Foundry, Slauson & Co, and Bloomberg Beta. An active member of the tech startup community, Shane serves on the investment committee for Cap Table Coalition.

As a tech investor, Shane founded Wolverine Angels, an angel syndicate for University of Michigan alumni where he invested in startups including FEM Prizma (Acquired by Nielsen Gracenote) and Neurable. He went on to run investments for seed-stage Titan Fund, powered by CrowdSmart. The company’s proprietary platform combines human expertise and artificial intelligence to increase transparency and reduce bias in the venture investment process. Shane led 15 investments for the fund including Air and Syntiant.

Previously, Shane helped GreeneStreet Films raise several rounds of venture capital and build a slate of 20 motion pictures generating $250 million at the box office including Movie 43 and A Prairie Home Companion.

Shane holds an MBA with distinction from University of Michigan where he was a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow. He earned a BS cum laude from Morehouse College where he studied Math and Physics.

Shane Kelly

Areas of Expertise

Digital Media
Emerging Technologies
New Media
Social Entrepreneurship
Startup Ecosystems
Startup Leadership
Technology Commercialization
Traditional Media


Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Centers + Institutes

Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Course List

BAEP 565 - Venture Lab