Ryan KoleVice President, Investments

Ryan is an entrepreneur and former trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He has his series 56 and 63 licenses and has consulted for hedge funds and family offices. Prior to joining VCapital, Ryan was a Venture Associate for DreamIt Ventures, actively screening companies for their accelerators. He has also been a frequent mentor for engineering students at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.He co-founded Beyond Barriers Therapeutics, Inc., which recently won the the National Institutes of Health Neuro Startup Challenge. Ryan is also the founder of RK Inventions, LLC, a startup focused on identifying alternative solutions to everyday problems. With two 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 Bachelors 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 joins VCapital as a Senior Investment Analyst.