Ryan Broshar is an entrepreneur at heart who has been working in and with startups for his entire career.
Ryan serves as Founder & Managing Director for the Techstars Retail Accelerator w/ Target and is the Founder & Managing Director for Matchstick Ventures. Founding Matchstick (fka Confluence Capital) in 2013, Ryan created a vehicle to act as a catalyst to investors, fellow tech startups, the local startup community.
In addition to his work at Matchstick, Ryan is a Founder and Board member for BoomBoom Prints – a social commerce platform for graphic artists to sell their artwork on products to families. He is an active mentor with TechStars, Gener8tor, and StraightShot tech accelerator programs, and serves as a judge for MN Cup, Startup Weekend and Hack the Gap.
Prior to Matchstick, Ryan was a serial entrepreneur and founded University Guide, LLC – a university-based publishing business – that was eventually sold in 2008.
Ryan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Carlson School in Minneapolis with both degrees in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. He has his MBA from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Ryan enjoys the outdoors and spending his free time cycling, traveling, and chasing around his three kids. He currently resides in St. Paul, MN. He writes a blog on all things Minnesota startups, technology, and venture capital at www.ryanbroshar.com.