Ramphis Castro

entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist in New York

Ramphis Castro

entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist in New York

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Ramphis is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of ScienceVest, a venture capital fund for hard-tech and life science companies. Starting his career at Microsoft, he is an experienced technologist and product strategist that has led and supported venture-backed teams from idea to exit.

He is a Kauffman Fellow and co-Chairs the Emerging Manager Special Interest Group supporting Fellows launching and growing new funds around the world.. As a Fellow, his research focused on the funding gaps for radical science companies in the U.S., collecting interviews of over 200 stakeholders across the research & commercialization ecosystem in the U.S.

He's worked extensively on grassroots startup ecosystem acceleration & support for the purpose of helping countries evolve into innovation-driven economies. In 2016, upon the invitation of the White House, he was part of the US delegation with President Obama on his historic visit to Cuba.

He also designed and is on the investment committee for Parallel 18, a global accelerator based in Puerto Rico, where they now have a portfolio of 100+ seed/series A companies from 67 countries across multiple verticals that have collectively raised over $100M in venture capital funding from investors from Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond.

He is a Computer Engineer and Lawyer by training, serial entrepreneur by experience, and grass-roots ecosystem builder by conviction.