MARK AUSTIN

Mark Austin is a Venture Partner with Bright Capital, a global venture capital firm focused on investments in clean and alternative energy, advanced materials, resource and energy efficiency, distributed generation, energy storage, agtech, water and technology.  He serves as a Director on the boards of several companies, including Agrivida, QM Power and Ener-G-Rotors.  Previously, as Managing Director of Chandler Reed LLC, Mr. Austin served as a strategic growth advisor to CEOs of microcap, growth stage, new ventures and start-up technology-based companies, and was a consultant at UNDP’s Sustainable Energy & Environment Division (SEED) in the area of sustainable technologies globally.  He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with NYSERDA, has mentored entrepreneurs in US, South Africa and Senegal, and spoken at conferences from Beijing to Boston to Bilbao, from Manhattan to Montenegro, and from Kingston to Krasnoyarsk, on venture investing, energy, strategy and entrepreneurship.  Mark has multiple patents issued internationally, has won international product design awards, and is a graduate of Williams College