Ray Leach is a serial entrepreneur, experienced angel investor, expert in technology entrepreneurship, and national thought leader on entrepreneurship and innovation. Ray has led JumpStart’s effort in creating economic transformation through entrepreneurship since its founding in 2004. Under Ray’s leadership, the organization has gained national recognition for its innovative model. Prior to JumpStart, Ray taught workshops at the MIT Sloan School of Management and served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for CommonAngels, Boston’s largest angel organization. Ray has founded three companies, among them two companies he bootstrapped until their sale to Multigraphics Inc.
Ray earned his BA in Finance from the University of Akron and his MBA as a Sloan Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He serves on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the U.S. Commerce Department in Washington D.C. as well as the Public Policy Subcommittee of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds. In Ohio, he is on the boards of the Ohio Venture Association and the Northeast Ohio Venture Capital Advisory Task Force, is a Charter Member of the Ohio chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), and serves on several private company boards.