About Us

Since its inception nearly 10 years ago the RIT Venture Fund has embraced its commitment of providing risk capital to members of the RIT entrepreneurial ecosystem. More importantly, we believe that the activities undertaken by the Venture Fund over the past several years have helped nourish the overall entrepreneurial spirit that is growing throughout the RIT community.

Investment Management Team

Milagros Concepcion



Larissa Kolupski


Marketing and Communications Manager

James Watters


Chief Investment Officer

Gregory VanLaeken


Investment Manager

Advisory Committee

Donald Truesdale Headshot

Donald Truesdale

Founder & CEO
TruConsulting Services
Susan Holliday Headshot

Susan Holliday

Retired President & Publisher
Rochester Business Journal
Jay Holmes Headshot

Jay Holmes

Retired Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Bausch & Lomb Inc.
Chester Watson Headshot

Chester Watson

Retired General Auditor
General Motors Corporation
Thomas Richards Headshot

Thomas Richards

Former Mayor
City of Rochester
Harris "Bud" Rusitzky Headshot

Harris "Bud" Rusitzky

The Greening Group