Mark Austin is a Venture Partner with Bright Capital, a global venture capital firm focused on investments in new and alternative energy, energy and resource efficiency, advanced materials, energy storage, agtech, water, and green chemistry. Participating in the investment process from dealflow and due diligence, through investment and strategic growth, Mr. Austin has also served as a Board Director for venture-backed companies including QM Power, Agrivida, and Ener-G-Rotors.
As Managing Director of Chandler Reed, he provided strategy and advisory services to funds, entrepreneurs, and CEOs of public and private technology-based companies. As a former serial tech entrepreneur, he founded or co-founded companies in electro-optics, medical lab devices, and advanced materials, received multiple international design awards, and has patents issued in 30 countries.
Mr. Austin has also served as a consultant to UNDP's Sustainable Energy & Environment Division in their global technology program. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Resident with NYSERDA (the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), has mentored entrepreneurs in Africa, and spoken at conferences in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa on venture investing, energy, strategy and entrepreneurship.