The Extraordinary Think And Do (TANDO) Tank
Laura J. Kilcrease (1994)
tandofellow@tando.org
Expertise
busines incubation
capital & angel networks
entrepreneurship
global business
venture capital
ventures & mergers
Bio

Laura Kilcrease is the chief executive officer for Alberta Innovates, including its subsidiaries InnoTech Alberta and C-FER Technologies. Recruited from Austin, Texas, Laura is the founder and former-managing director of the venture capital fund Triton Ventures, LLC. She is widely recognized as one of the key figures in changing Austin’s economic landscape from one struggling with the economic ups and downs that come with oil dependence to a high-tech environment that is today recognized as one of the #1 Entrepreneur City and best place to live and work in the United States. She is the co-founder of the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), one of the first technology business incubators, and the Austin Technology Council, a premier networking organization that cultivated the growth of the Austin economy. Laura also launched Capital Network, one of the largest angel investor networks in the U.S. with over $150 million in completed transactions. Laura has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in commercializing technology, and a deep understanding of how to identify and build new business opportunities. Prior to accepting the role as Alberta Innovates’ CEO, Laura was a seven-year member of the Alberta Research and Innovation Advisory Committee, which guided the former Alberta Innovates’ corporations. In Austin, she gave her time and expertise to a number of non-profit boards, including the Women’s Leadership Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the Beyster Institute, World Congress for Information Technology 2006, and the IC² Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, among many others. Laura has often been recognized for her outstanding achievements. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Award, and the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Women in Business Leadership Conference Trailblazer Award. Born in London, Laura received her certification as a Chartered Management Accountant in the United Kingdom and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas. In her downtime, Laura enjoys cooking and fishing with her husband.

All Fellows
Mohan Nair
Steven T. Walsh
Nathan “Nth” Bar-Fields
Sahil Gupta
T.W. Kang
David Wimberly
Russell Kalmacoff
Ruzanna Tarverdyan
Finn Kydland
Manuel Heitor
Paul M. Joyal
Keenan D. Grenell
John Sibley Butler (1989)
Art Markman (2005)
John N. Doggett (1989)
Ning Zhang
Deog-Seong Oh
Sten Thore (1983) *Fellow Emeritus
Tim Raines
Nikhil Agarwal
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