Purdue Foundry’s Gibb Named President of VisionTech Angels’ Greater Lafayette Chapter
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (June 27, 2017) – Riley Gibb, director of collaborations for the Purdue Foundry, has added a role to his resume. VisionTech Angels has tapped Gibb to serve as president of the Greater Lafayette chapter of the statewide angel investor network, a role that includes recruiting professionals interested in investing in early growth companies and entrepreneurs who need startup capital for a new technology or business.
Gibb, who is also an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College, succeeds attorney Stuart Guttwein, who served as president of VisionTech Angels’ Greater Lafayette chapter for two years.
Commenting on Gibb’s appointment, VisionTech Angels Executive Director Ben Pidgeon said, “Purdue University is a great source of new technologies and startup companies and advocate for entrepreneurship. Having Riley join VisionTech Angels as our Greater Lafayette chapter president will lead to greater synergy between the ‘makers’ at Purdue who create technologies and startups and angel investor who nurture them through capital investment and business consulting.
Pidgeon, who is also a West Lafayette native and Purdue alum, added, “Stuart (Guttwein) laid a great foundation for VisionTech Angels in Greater Lafayette and we look forward to Riley growing our presence in the local innovation economy.”
Gibb has strong ties in the Greater Lafayette community. In his role at the Purdue Foundry, he is responsible for optimizing the success of Foundry startup companies by cultivating meaningful connections throughout the entrepreneurial ecosystem. He earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and his MBA in Marketing from Xavier University Williams College of Business. Gibb has worked with other companies in the area, including North American Dental Group and Promotion Publishing & Marketing, where he served as president.
“At the Foundry, we are always looking for additional opportunities to help our companies reach their next level of success. The Foundry’s relationship with VisionTech Angels has always been strong, and I am excited to build on that foundation moving forward. Together we are excited to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystems in the greater Lafayette area with the Foundry and VisionTech Angels as important pieces for many companies.”