Director | AXIS
Francis Tuttle Technology Centers
Cara Jane Evans has a long standing career in the Oklahoma CareerTech system where she currently serves as the Director of AXIS, the business incubator powered by Francis Tuttle Technology Center. Formerly she was at Autry Technology Center specializing in innovation, economic development, business consulting, and entrepreneurship. She has taught business and technology courses at several other technology centers and junior colleges. In the private equity and Oklahoma startup ecosystem, she remotely manages deal flow for EncompassFSI/Private Partners Opportunity Fund which has participated and invested in companies in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.
Cara holds degrees from Oklahoma State University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She has held leadership roles in professional organizations like the Oklahoma Business Incubator Association, SMPS and Main Street. She currently is involved with the Oklahoma Academy, OKPACE, Oklahoma Venture Forum, and the Oklahoma Venture Advisory Council.
She is a business coach and graphic facilitator in addition to having started and operated several ventures of her own. Her areas of expertise include marketing, innovative processes, strategic planning and the business model canvas. Prior to her roles in CareerTech, Cara worked in construction management and sustainability.