Clare is a broadly experienced financial executive with over 30 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and entrepreneurial development, including developing and operating investment funds, founding and operating companies, developing nationally recognized research university entrepreneurial programs, and driving innovation ecosystem development programs in the US and globally. Since 1983, Clare has been involved with the start-up, acquisition and/or development of companies in the education, communications, information technology, digital health, satellite, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, medical device, software, and construction industries. He is also Chairman of the Venture Capital Institute, a global venture capital and innovation development organization established in 1974 by the founders of the venture capital industry. Clare holds a BBA in Accounting, JD, and an MBA in Finance. Clare has international experience in over a dozen countries including 12 years of experience in China. He is a Senior Advisor to Guangdong Technology Finance Group located in Guangdong, China and a Senior Advisor to Qingdao Science and Technology Venture Capital Company located in Qingdao, China. He has developed and deployed multiple groundbreaking financial programs in Guangdong and Dongguan. Clare has also worked in Chengdu, Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. In addition to China, he has spent significant professional time in countries as varied as Vietnam, Thailand, Columbia, the UK, the Nordic Countries, Russia, Armenia, Switzerland, and Tunisia. Clare has been a leading member of the U.S.-Sweden Entrepreneurial Forum since 2006. He is a regional, national, and international speaker on the topics of financial services, innovation, and venture capital as well as on educational programs for the support of those activities. For eight years, Clare served on the Board of Governors of the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), formerly the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC). During his tenure he served as a member of the Executive Committee and was the Chairman of the Education Committee and the Venture Committee. Clare also co-chaired the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and NASBIC Joint Education Committee. He served as a Commercial Reviewer for the National Science Foundation, was a charter member of the MidAmerca Healthcare Investor Network, served as a Co-Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum Committee on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, and is a national advisor to Pipeline.