Mark Elenowitz has been an entrepreneur all his life.
It started as a child, where Mark was constantly coming up with new ideas and enlisting neighborhood friends to work alongside him.
Whether it was shoveling snow, mowing lawns, or raking leaves, Mark was constantly finding new opportunities. Not just for the extra money, but because he truly enjoyed the idea of hard work.
When Mark was 13, he started a chocolate company in his parent’s kitchen called Delectable Temptations. He catered weddings, bar mitzvahs, the High School prom, and sold at flea markets on weekends. Mark was even featured in the local papers as a child entrepreneur for his endeavors.
Mark’s passion for entrepreneurship continued to blossom throughout High School. He formed MDB Window Works with two friends cleaning the windows of store fronts in malls and homes. The company’s moto was “Let Us Clear the View for You and Your Customers See You Through Us.” The business continued until their Spanish teacher caught them completing a cleaning project at the mall on a school day. During his senior year, Mark went on to become the Vice President of the State of Maryland for DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America). He won several state honors and went on to compete in the national competition in Utah.
Mark Elenowitz graduated from the University of Maryland School of Business and Management with a B.S. in Finance and quickly became Branch Manager of a broker dealer at just 24 years old.
Mark’s drive for creating new ventures led him to start his first company at 26, an IR and public relations company called Investor Communications Company. From there, Mark continued to be a pioneer in business.
JOBs Act Pioneer
Mark Elenowitz’s passion for entrepreneurship pushed him to build paths for other trailblazers to bring their ideas to life.
Mark co-founded a boutique investment bank based in Manhattan and created the online capital formation platform BANQ® (www.banq.co), both of which have been instrumental in laying down the framework for Regulation A+ equity crowdfunding offerings. Equity crowdfunding came out of the JOBs Act of 2012 and created capital formation opportunities for entrepreneurs.
The methodology Mark structured is what led the first successful Reg A+ IPO to list on a National Securities Exchange — the New York Stock Exchange — with other Reg A+ offerings following the blazing trail.
Mark has and continues to be a noted speaker at Small Cap and Reg A events, including the SEC Small Business Forum. He has also been profiled in BusinessWeek, CNBC, and several other publications for his accomplishments surrounding the JOBs ACT.
Mark is also a lecturer for Brooklyn Law School, the Long Island Capital Alliance and other groups teaching entrepreneurs on how raise capital for their ideas and spoke at the United Nations on entrepreneurism.
Mark took his 29 years of Wall Street and Capital Market experience to the tech world.
He is currently the President of Horizon, a fintech company that builds and powers global securities exchanges with an integrated suite of software for compliant issuance, management, and secondary trading of securities. Truly a compliance-first business, Horizon’s solutions combine Wall Street and Silicon Valley to power the next generation of IPOs and securities trading in the U.S. and globally.
Mark’s vision of creating a secondary marketplace for entrepreneurs was realized when Horizon, under his leadership created Upstream, the first global retail exchange and secondary trading app for crowdfunded securities. Upstream addresses the demand for liquidity in the $5-billion-dollar crowdfunding sector.
Mark is a member of the board of directors of the Long Island Capital Alliance and the National Investment Banking Association. Mark is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Business and Management with a B.S. in Finance. He holds Series 24, 62, 63, 79, 82 and 99 licenses.
Mark is married with 2 children and enjoys skiing, scuba diving and enjoying life with his family.