Director, Innovation and Digital Transformation
At Conexus Indiana, Ryan advances Conexus’ Industry 4.0 programming, which supports Indiana-based, advanced manufacturing and logistics companies with emerging and sustainable technology adoption to drive productivity, competitiveness, and sustainability.
Ryan is passionate about emerging technologies, innovation, and sustainable economic development. He strives to propel collaboration and innovation initiatives between industry, startups, nonprofits, and the investor community to accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies. He joined Conexus Indiana as the Director of Innovation and Digital Transformation from Techstars, where he helped manage The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars. During the program, Ryan helped 10 hardtech startups grow from early-stage to venture-backed companies. He engaged founders in Techstars intensive 3-month accelerator programming, which included working closely with 12 global network partners, the corporate partner (The Heritage Group & Heritage Group Ventures), over 85 mentors, and the Techstars associate team.
Before Techstars, Ryan worked at Current, Chicago's water innovation hub. He helped build demonstration projects and pilots and ran various events to accelerate the adoption of innovative water technologies. Most notably, Ryan supported the development of H2NOW Chicago, a first-of-its-kind pilot project aimed at providing real-time water quality data from the Chicago River to the general public.
Ryan a bachelor's degree in business from Eastern Illinois University, and a master's degree in sustainability management from DePaul University.