Grant Van Cleve
Grant is a global entrepreneur, angel investor, and business accelerator. He is regularly listed among the 50 most influential people in Orange County, CA, USA. Grant is involved in 93 start-ups, serving as a board member or advisor in a quarter of those. He is an active leader in the Tech Coast Angels – America’s most active angel investing group. He was President of their Orange County chapter and then Chairman of the whole network. He is an Expert-in- Residence at University of California - Irvine, and is a member of the Wharton Alumni Angels and Faith Driven Investors.
His entrepreneurial leadership led in 2020 to becoming Managing Partner at Hangar 75 Ventures – a venture factory applying its proven execution capability to creating a collection of assets that give investors a greater likelihood of positive return, within a shorter time period. This is achieved through a broad set of clients on 4 continents who are looking to H75 for future innovations and delivery. Among the rest of his startup portfolio, Grant is currently putting special focus on Jetbuilt, MovoCash, Buy It Installed, Mosabi, Perfectna, LeaseLock, StyleRiser, Trust Olive, Plybot, FlikFlix and Archytas.
Alongside SoCal private equity, Grant develops real estate locally and in Southeastern Europe. He also does impact investing via roles in clean-tech, fin-tech and ed-tech, as well as technology training, globally. A big fan of giving back, Grant pours time into catalyzing the entrepreneurial ecosystem locally and in the developing world. He can also be found in leadership roles in his church and in local politics. He was raised in California but left to study at Penn/Wharton and then to live 19 years in Europe – most of that in Albania. Non-profit consulting got him there, real estate development transitioned him into the marketplace, and how he has returned for a set of technology and innovation ventures. First among those is Holberton School Albania – which brings this global edtech leader’s innovative training software training methods to the Balkans. Along the way he added an MA in Intercultural Studies at Fuller. Grant returned with his wife and 3 kids to Orange County, CA, USA in 2010, but still spends nearly half of his time in Europe.