Ryan's mission is to educate, engage, and inspire communities to GROW
their economies through innovation and entrepreneurship.
He's personally helped over 1,000 entrepreneurs in 3 states over the last 10 years.
He's worked with both traditional small businesses and tech startups while in university-run incubators, city government, chambers of commerce, and various economic development organizations.
A sought-after speaker, Ryan has shared his ideas at over 50 local, state, and national conferences related to entrepreneurship, economic development, and the new field of entrepreneur ecosystem building.
Ryan earned his B.S. in Management from Virginia Tech, a certificate in Serial Innovation from the University of Illinois, and a certificate in Business Incubator Management from iNBIA.
He's trained with International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Rural Policy Research Institute’s Center for Entrepreneurship (RUPRI), and The Kauffman Foundation. Ryan is also a 1 Million Cups Chapter Founder and Kauffman FastTrac Instructor.
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