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kerry ritz


kerry ritz

CEO, Great River Ventures

kerry's professional bio / interests

Kerry has a broad range of international experience with high growth companies and corporates in a variety of sectors. He is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the ABN-AMRO Techstars Future of Finance Programme and a Non-Executive Director (NED), Advisor and mentor to a number of high growth companies including AbTrace (winner of EIT-Health Wild Card), Oxford Endovascular (EIT-Health Catapult Finalist), iPDX, Auquan, myTamarin and SEaB Energy. He is also an advisor to First Derivatives and their Kx Ventures Fund. He is also an angel investor in companies in Europe and North America. He is also an external evaluator for EIT-Health, Expert Judge for the EU Horizon Europe EIC Accelerator (providing grants and equity up to €15m) and a mentor at Mayor of London International Business Programme and Founders Advisors. Previously, he was Managing Director of MassChallenge UK, the world’s most startup friendly accelerator. Prior to that, he was Chief Marketing Officer of FTSE 250 Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc, where he was responsible for marketing, sales, customer service, marketing technology, product management, and customer insight; and, Chief Commercial Officer of ACN Europe, B.V., the leading network marketing group in Europe. He has also been CEO of Palringo and VP Business Development for EVRYTHNG, both innovative early-stage VC-backed companies. Kerry has a track record of bringing innovative and disruptive businesses to market: he was the President of Vonage UK and was one of the Founding Directors and one of the first 20 employees of “3”, the first 3g mobile operator in Europe. Although Kerry is originally Canadian, he has been in Europe for more than 30 years and has lived in the UK, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

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One of the Founding Directors (1st 10 employee) of 3 mobile

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Mar 17, 2021