About Riley Shelton

As Entrepreneur Engagement Fellow, Riley is the first touch point , for the more than 700 entrepreneurs who reach out to Rev1 each year. He connects those entrepreneurs quickly with appropriate startup resources available within Rev1 and throughout the broader regional and state startup communities. He manages exploratory meetings between qualified entrepreneurs and the Rev1 team members and supports Rev1 relationships with Rev1 partners who receive entrepreneur referrals from Rev1.


Riley ensures seamless handoffs for entrepreneurs between their early contact with Rev1 and the next steps on their journey, which may be Rev1’s Customer Learning Lab, client engagement planning, or referrals to other support organizations or programs. Riley uses his front-line experience to identify trends and opportunities in deal flow and updates the team weekly.


Before joining Rev1 Ventures, Riley was a due diligence analyst for multiple innovation and venture groups. He conducted market validation and research on prospective portfolio companies. He was also the program manager for the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund. Riley attended The University of Akron, for studies in computer information systems and earned his Associate of Science degree from Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville, OH.