Clare Fairfield

Chairman, Venture Capital Institute / Managing Director, Concerto Ventures

Clare Fairfield is Chairman of the Venture Capital Institute, a global venture capital and innovation
development organization, and a founding General Partner of Concerto Advisors, a specialized, early-stage venture investment and advisory firm. He has 25+ years of experience, including developing venture funds, founding and operating companies, developing entrepreneurial programs, and driving innovation ecosystem development programs on a global basis.

Mr. Fairfield served on the Board of NASBIC as a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Education Committee and co-chair of the NVCA and NASBIC Joint Education Committee. He was a Commercial Reviewer for NSF and a Co-Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum Committee on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. He has participated and/or reviewed innovation programs and systems in multiple countries, examples of which include China, Russia, Vietnam, Thailand, Columbia, the Nordics, and Tunisia. Mr. Fairfield served as founding Associate Director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa where he co-directed the establishment of the first program in the United States to award an accredited Engineering Certificate in Entrepreneurship and within 18 months established the Center as one of the top 35 entrepreneurial centers in the US.

Mr. Fairfield holds BBA, JD, and MBA degrees.