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Launching Ventures Beyond the Classroom

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Venture College provides the campus community with training, venture incubation support, and unique startup experiences to help them find their entrepreneurial passion.

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Venture College Highlights

159 Active Venture College Businesses

James Petzke, Owner of Off Trail Publishing, CEO of Upland Optics

$4.4 Million Capital Raised

2019 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge Award Recipients, Team: Doorstep

500+ Community Supporters

Fall 2017 Venture College Incubator

Meet the Team

  • Ryan Vasso

    Ryan Vasso

    Interim Executive Director

    In 2013, after graduating from Boise State with an English Literature degree, Ryan was invited to join Venture College’s 2nd cohort to develop and launch his business concept. Within one year of attending Venture College, Ryan went on to raise over $500,000 from northwest investors, including the Boise Angel Alliance. With the seed investment, he was able to hire Boise employees, build production-ready software, and scale his business.

    Today, Ryan is still the founder and CEO of his company, Reply Pro, a review management platform. In addition, he manages all programs and operations for Venture College.

    In 2013, after graduating from Boise State with an English Literature degree, Ryan was invited to join Venture College’s 2nd cohort to develop and launch his business concept. Within one year of attending Venture College, Ryan went on to raise over $500,000 from northwest investors, including the Boise Angel Alliance. With the seed investment, he was able to hire Boise employees, build production-ready software, and scale his business.

    Today, Ryan is still the founder and CEO of his company, Reply Pro, a review management platform. In addition, he manages all programs and operations for Venture College.

  • Cara Van Sant

    Cara Van Sant

    Interim Associate Director

    Cara joined the Venture College after working as an Executive Assistant to the cofounders of an early stage startup. Prior to this role, she served as Capital Campaign Coordinator at the Boise Public Library, and Executive Assistant in the City of Boise Mayor’s Office. Cara graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Affairs, and a Business minor. After graduating, she worked in the corporate world in Seattle, but was excited to move back to her hometown here in Boise.

    Cara joined the Venture College after working as an Executive Assistant to the cofounders of an early stage startup. Prior to this role, she served as Capital Campaign Coordinator at the Boise Public Library, and Executive Assistant in the City of Boise Mayor’s Office. Cara graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Affairs, and a Business minor. After graduating, she worked in the corporate world in Seattle, but was excited to move back to her hometown here in Boise.

  • Headshot of Hailey Fackrell, Venture College Marketing & Promotions Coordinator

    Hailey Fackrell

    Marketing & Promotions Coordinator

    Hailey is an experienced digital marketer, content creator and social media strategist who has a passion for helping small business owners succeed. She graduated with her Marketing B.B.A. from Boise State University with High Honors and certifications. While at Boise State, Hailey worked with the Venture College as a Social Media Intern through the Work U program and is happy to be back on the team!

    Hailey has worked with a variety of clients to improve their online presence and social media management. In one of her previous roles, as a Business Development Representative at Rolling Hills Counseling, she created a social media strategy that accelerated client growth by over 1,000%. She is the founder of Greater Heights Marketing and helps small business owners take back their time through 1:1 marketing coaching, consulting and workshops.

    Hailey is an experienced digital marketer, content creator and social media strategist who has a passion for helping small business owners succeed. She graduated with her Marketing B.B.A. from Boise State University with High Honors and certifications. While at Boise State, Hailey worked with the Venture College as a Social Media Intern through the Work U program and is happy to be back on the team!

    Hailey has worked with a variety of clients to improve their online presence and social media management. In one of her previous roles, as a Business Development Representative at Rolling Hills Counseling, she created a social media strategy that accelerated client growth by over 1,000%. She is the founder of Greater Heights Marketing and helps small business owners take back their time through 1:1 marketing coaching, consulting and workshops.

Venture College Advisory Board

  • Eric Gilbert

    Eric Gilbert

    Co-Founder, Treefort Music Fest

  • HannaLore Hein

    HannaLore Hein

    State Historian, Idaho State Historical Society

  • Janessa White

    Janessa White

    Co-Founder, Simply Eloped

  • Jessica Flynn

    Jessica Flynn

    Founder & CEO, Red Sky

  • John Hale

    John Hale

    Managing Partner, Atticus Holdings LLC

  • Kathy O’Neill

    Kathy O’Neill

    Community Engagement Director, JUMP

  • Megan Lacy

    Megan Lacy

    Chief Design Officer + Co-Founder, Lumineye

  • Nick Crabbs

    Nick Crabbs

    Partner & Vice President of Community Engagement, VYNYL + Co-Chair, Boise Startup Week

  • Roger Hancock

    Roger Hancock

    CEO, Recall InfoLink

  • Sue Latta

    Sue Latta

    Artist/Owner, The Sculpture Studio + Lecturer, School of the Arts at BSU

  • Tara Russell

    Tara Russell

    Founder & CEO, Maybelle & Makenzie, LLC

  • Tiam Rastegar

    Tiam Rastegar

    Executive Director, Trailhead Boise