Bryan Ritchie recently announced that he is leaving his role leading the IDEA Center at the University of Notre Dame. We now know where he is going. On Inside INdiana Business television, Ritchie said he will be the new chief executive officer at Plymouth-based SIMBA Chain, a blockchain technology company and one of the startups produced by the IDEA Center. “If you think about the picks and shovels of the block chain revolution, the web 3.0, I think SIMBA is going to lead that,” said Ritchie, who will be transitioning to the new role soon.
Ritchie talked about his plans and the impact the IDEA Center has had in four short years on this weekend’s edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.
Ritchie came to Notre Dame in 2016 as vice president and Cathy and John Martin associate provost for innovation. Under his leadership, the IDEA Center has launched more than 150 companies over four years.
Ritchie says Notre Dame’s commitment to innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship attracted him to the school and is helping to change the tech ecosystem in the region and across the state.
“I’ve always thought that universities should have a much bigger role in commercialization, a much bigger impact, but most universities haven’t been willing to do that…and Notre Dame was.”