Mark Arnold has been hired as an associate vice president at University of Texas's commercialisation arm Discovery to Impact.

Mark Arnold

Mark Arnold has been hired as an associate vice president at Discovery to Impact, the commercialisation arm of the University of Texas at Austin.

In the role he is tasked with improving the university’s commercialisation efforts, create a technology transfer office and launch Texas Startups, a newly formed accelerator programme, where he will also serve as managing director.

Arnold spent the past couple of years as a venture investor for several companies, including Orbital Composites, Symmetry Systems and Quident Energy. In 2022, he founded and was the general partner at Resilience Fund, a US-based sustainability-focused fund, and was the vice president of corporate development at Hypergiant for a year.

He also held investment roles at Goldman Sachs and Cisco Systems.

Discovery to Impact was founded in 2022. The unit oversees the university’s technology transfer and corporate-sponsored research functions and two startup incubators. Notable spinouts include Goodenough, a develop of cost-effective lithium-ion batteries.

“By harnessing our collective expertise and passion, we will shape the future of innovation, galvanise our entrepreneurship programs and offerings, and scale the startup pipeline emerging from UT across the nation and around the globe,” Arnold said in a press statement.

Roshini Bains

Roshini Bains is the junior news reporter for Global Corporate Venturing and Global University Venturing.