Tom Walker

Tom has been helping entrepreneurs build great companies for most of his career. He’s formed multiple venture capital funds, founded angel groups, and is an active angel investor. As the CEO of Rev1 Ventures, Tom has designed a business model that has invested in more than 90 startups and added more than $90M in capital under management. This business model has had a $1.5B impact on the Columbus region in under five years and has helped Columbus to be named one of the fastest growing startup cities in the U.S. according to the Kauffman Foundation and Rev1 the Most Active VC in the Great Lakes region, according to Pitchbook.

Tom’s spent much of his career focused on innovation, startups and early stage capital, building innovation and startup support systems in Oklahoma, Ohio and advising several regions of the United States. He feels that in order to fuel startups, you must connect the assets in your own back yard. This includes corporations, service providers, academic and research institutions, and public sector entities.

Tom has a B.S. in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. He’s the author of The Entrepreneur’s Path: A Handbook for High-Growth Companies.