Ryan KoleVice President, Investments

Ryan is an entrepreneur and former trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, who has consulted for hedge funds and family offices. Prior to joining VCapital, Ryan was a Venture Associate for DreamIt Ventures, an East Coast based venture capital firm, where he actively screened companies for their accelerator program. He has also been a frequent mentor for engineering students at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as for members of 1871 (a Chicago-based incubator with over 400 early stage, tech startups). Ryan co-founded Beyond Barriers Therapeutics, Inc., which won the National Institutes of Health Neuro Startup Challenge and recently completed the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program. They are currently in pre-clinical trials with their therapeutic. Ryan is also the founder of RK Inventions, LLC, a startup focused on identifying alternative solutions to everyday problems. With three patents and several more pending, he has sold products worldwide and has installed a new product at Johns Hopkins Hospital to reduce hospital-acquired infections.

Ryan earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MBA from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. Ryan and his inventions have been featured on WGN-TV and in numerous publications, and he has been interviewed on NBC for one of his proudest achievements: winning a Rock-Paper-Scissors competition.  He also volunteers for Impact Teen Drivers.

Email – rkole@vcapital.com