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Ramphis Castro

Ramphis is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of ScienceVest, a venture capital fund for hard-tech and life science companies. He is an experienced technologist and product strategist that has led and supported venture-backed teams from idea to exit. He has a diversified personal investment portfolio of companies ranging from Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Wearables, EdTech, Productivity Software, eCommerce, MarketPlaces, FinTech to Consumer Apps, all of them evaluated through an impact or gender lens. He also designed and is on the investment committee for Parallel 18, a global accelerator based in Puerto Rico, where they now have a portfolio of 100+ seed/series A companies from over 40 countries across multiple verticals that have collectively raised over $60M in venture capital funding from investors from Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond. He is a Kauffman Fellow and YCombinator Fellow. He is a Computer Engineer and Lawyer by training, serial entrepreneur by experience, and grass-roots ecosystem builder by conviction.

Describe the Impact of a Project you’re focused on.

ScienceVest is a new kind of seed-stage venture capital fund focused on returns + impact by investing in breakthrough technologies that accelerate the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We've demonstrated that returns and values can be aligned in the service of supporting companies that have the potential to positively affect millions of lives in the process. Companies supported have accelerated the adoption of efficient battery technology to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, drone technology for the improvement of crop yields in small-scale farmers, gas sensing technologies to reduce the leakage of CO2 and other emissions, among other outcomes. Additionally, we've traveled globally to train hundreds of other early-stage investors and family offices on how we do what we do so that more capital can flow to the entrepreneurs solving these challenges for all of us and generations to come.

What results do you hope for when the impact is amplified?

To live in a world where resources are abundant and disease is eradicated.
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