CS Freeland

Alumni, Austin Hub,

Hello, and thanks for being here! My name is Christa Freeland, and I mostly go by “CS”. I’m the Founding Executive Director of the Austin Venture Association, working to amplify, connect, and lead the local greater venture community in designing the future of venture.

I have most recently served as director and have advised startup accelerators in portfolio, special projects, and platform-type capacities under my professional consulting practice. In other global capacities, I'm a member of Shaper Impact Capital, which is a World Economic Forum millennial group focused on impact investing.

I was also part of the first graduating class for “Venture Capital School”, a partnership launched by the National Venture Capital Association and BerkleyLaw at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. I’m proud to be a former Venture Fellow at Next Wave, a group investing in female founders working in impact.


At the onset of pandemic, I cofounded ATX KIT, a direct-to-consumer local snacks company that supports over 50 different local food entrepreneurs. During the same time I also created Founder House Austin, an entrepreneur co-living pop-up hosted inside two luxury hotels in downtown Austin. Both ATX KIT and Founder House now sit under the umbrella of initiatives that the Austin Venture Association offers.

I spent seven years as a managing director and then entrepreneur-in-residence at Powershift Group, a tech venture studio. There, I worked on special projects to launch startups and new initiatives. I also made recommendations to buy, build, or invest in new technologies supporting the portfolio.

My operator experience began in 2015 when I launched a young professionals’ networking app called The Dime Club, which we launched out of Powershift Group.

In 2017 I also cofounded a coworking startup called Switch Cowork, that turned under-utilized restaurants into “underground” networks of workspaces during the day. For this startup, I was selected to join and received a grant for this UBS and Rent the Runway intensive program in NYC that supports female founders.

Outside the world of venture and startups, I’m also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, multi award-winning political consultant, pickle aficionado, Burning Man VIP drummer, IBM Baby that grew up at computer shows… now twelve-year Austinite.


2020 : “50 on Fire” Startup List
Founded a startup on the Austin Inno’s annual list of local companies that were the “most remarkable and inspiring”.

2020: On Deck Fellow (ODF6): Founders
The startup concepts I helped launch via weekend hackathons won 3 different awards.

2019: TX State Alumni Board Director
I will serve for 3 years in the following committees: finance, endowment, and new Alumni Center.

2018/2019: Political Campaign Awards
I was asked to work on the Austin mayor and Fort Worth mayor re-elections. Both campaigns I created and executed were awarded a Gold and Silver Pollie from the AAPC, and both were finalists of the Campaigns & Elections’ Reed Awards.

2018: “Emerging REALITY” Program
I was part of the first group of the invite-only, emerging tech division of “REALITY”, a week-long leadership initiative hosted in Israel, by the Schusterman Foundation.

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