South Bend-based Vennli, the leading voice of marketplace analytics platform, has added Bryan Ritchie to its board of directors. He is vice president and associate provost for innovation at the University of Notre Dame, where he also leads the university’s IDEA Center. As head of the IDEA Center, Ritchie directs the University’s Innovation Park, a commercial accelerator designed to help Notre Dame researchers and others bring their discoveries to market.  

Prior to his role at Notre Dame, he served as the president and chief executive officer of venture capital firm GrowthSPORT, where he led investments in seed-stage technology companies. Ritchie has formed multiple information technology companies of his own as well as held management positions with Century Software, Dayna Communications, IBM, Novell, IOMEGA, Megahertz, and 3Com. He has also consulted for more than 100 other companies, including Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, Ericsson, Seagate and Verizon.

Prior to co-founding GrowthSPORT, Ritchie spent four years directing technology commercialization at the University of Utah. He oversaw more than 60 new startups, more than $700 million in investment and grants, an average of 90 licenses per year, and 90+ patents per year.

Ritchie is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and holds an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in political economy from Emory University. He is is the author of two books: Systemic Vulnerability and Sustainable Economic Growth: Skills and Upgrading in Southeast Asia and, with Michigan State University’s Lindon Robison, Relationship Economics: The Social Capital Paradigm and its Application to Business, Politics, and Other Transactions.