Mark Clayton Hand
Venture Partner, UnLtd USA
Mark Hand teaches Social Entrepreneurship at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and is a Venture Partner at UnLtd USA. He also serves on the Commission on Immigrant Affairs for the City of Austin and as a volunteer ambassador for FWD.us. In his four years of early stage and impact investing, he has made, managed and supported investments in over 35 ventures. At UnLtd USA, Mark designs and delivers support to social entrepreneurs funded by UnLtd USA. In the spring of 2015, UnLtd USA will launch its second cohort of 5-10 Austin-based social entrepreneurs.
As an Entrepreneurship Fellow at Oxford University's Saïd Business School, Mark redesigned the core MBA entrepreneurship course and made two investments on behalf of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. As an MBA, he was a Skoll Scholar and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and co-founded the student-run SBS Seed Fund for Oxford startups.
Prior to his studies and work at Saïd Business School, Mark was an Investment Associate at First Light Ventures, a seed fund affiliated with Gray Ghost Ventures that invested more than two million dollars in twenty-six for-profit enterprises around the world. In 2011 Mark moved to Mumbai to launch the First Light India Accelerator, a joint venture with the Shell Foundation to invest in companies addressing social and environmental issues. He managed First Light's India portfolio and contributed to the development of eventual spinout Village Capital, which eventually spun out of First Light Ventures.
Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Mark graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in International Political Economy and Religious Studies. After graduating, Mark founded and led the expansion into Ecuador of Manna Project International, a volunteer-driven, community development nonprofit. Mark also led fundraising efforts at an HIV/AIDS hospice in Botswana and served as a social worker for the families of abused and neglected children in Louisiana.