Clayton L. Besch III

Clayton L. Besch III, PhD. Board Observer, NOHMs / Director at The NYS Innovation Venture Capital Fund, Empire State Development: ESD’s NYSIVC Fund works to bolster the critical capital needs of New York State’s innovation economy by providing seed and early-stage venture funding to high growth startups as they move from concept to commercialization, through early growth and expansion. With a history of working with Japanese corporations in Japan and the US, Dr. Besch has experience in business development, global markets, and early stage investment.  Clayton earned his PhD in Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences at The University of Tokyo, MS in Fisheries at Nagasaki Univeristy, and his BA in Biology from Hamilton College.