Claire is the head of Silicon Valley Bank’s group dedicated to working with founders, entrepreneurs and early stage companies.
This team oversees strategic partnerships with leading accelerators, incubators, investment groups, entrepreneurial and industry groups that support founders at the early stage.
Silicon Valley Bank works with more than 50 percent of the VC backed companies globally.
Claire joined SVB in January 2014 from Microsoft Ventures, where she was a Principal in the new seed fund, evaluating and investing in early stage startups, working closely with the partners that incubate, invest in and support them. Prior to this Claire helped launch Microsoft BizSpark program globally with a focus on Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Her career began with IBM in Ireland.
Passionate about education and inclusion, international affairs and seed investment, Claire is part of the advisory board for Astia Global and is an advisor to the US State Dept.
Honors and Awards:US State Dept Program Advisor (Office of Global Partnerships); Astia Silicon Valley Advisory Board; Seedcamp Mentor; Judge and Speaker at major industry events; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA); ‘Icon of Technology’ award by the UK Government (2010), Irish Times Silicon Valley Top 50 (2012); UK Prime Minister’s Women’s Enterprise Taskforce (2007-2010). Before Microsoft, Claire worked with Compaq at the global distributor Ingram Micro and with Siemens at Marconi (Ericsson). Claire began her career as a graduate with IBM Ireland.