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Ramphis Castro


Originally from Guayama, Puerto Rico, now based in New York City, he started his career as an engineer at Microsoft before becoming a serial entrepreneur and founding ScienceVest, a 1st-check fund investing in companies solving some of humanity's greatest challenges where they have generated over $2B in value for investors by exclusively addressing the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and showcasing how to align values with maximizing returns. During his Kauffman Fellowship, his research and thesis development focused on closing the funding gap for early-stage companies globally helping launch and scale programs such as The Founder Institute, based in Silicon Valley, with presence in over 200 cities around the world impacting over 30,000 new entrepreneurs per year.

Previously the Managing Director for Founder Institute's NY program, he supported the launch of 150 new technology companies, 70% led by women or underrepresented founders in technology. His focus on inclusion and community in his home of Puerto Rico, led to the creation of Parallel 18, a global company accelerator based on the island. As a member of the Investment Committee, he oversaw the selection of over 200 early-stage technology and technology-enabled 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. Of that portfolio, 45% are led by women and 61% are led by Latino founders. He currently serves on the Board for the NYC Innovation Collective, a nonprofit alliance of over 200 NYC accelerators, incubators, and other platforms of innovation, working together to support and grow a more inclusive tech ecosystem in the city. He is a Computer Engineer and Lawyer by training, serial entrepreneur by experience, and grass-roots ecosystem builder by conviction. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. He is a Kauffman Fellow, where his research focused on funding models for closing the funding gap for early-stage science commercialization globally.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Ramphis is a licensed professional engineer with an undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez computer engineering program, and holds a JD from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law with a focus on AI and robotics law.

Ramphis is a member of Class 19. He served his fellowship at Mindchemy and Expansive Ventures under the mentorship of Expansive Ventures founder, Adeo Ressi.