Tom Walker is the founding CEO and President of Rev1 Ventures, Inc. in Columbus, OH. With a career spanning nearly 30 years in innovation and venture capital, Tom has broad expertise in supporting early stage entrepreneurs in the successful start and scaleup of new companies. He is a leader in driving innovation within large corporations, research institutions, and communities, especially where it aims to better lives and business outcomes.
Tom has formed and managed multiple venture capital funds, from concept to seed to growth, that have achieved or maintained top quartile performance and have participated in more than 200 investments.
Tom earned a B.S. in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering from University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Business Administration. He is a frequent industry speaker and has received numerous industry awards including a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Tom is the author of The Entrepreneur’s Path: A Handbook for High-Growth Companies and contributing author to Biotechnology Entrepreneurship, First and Second Editions. He is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur.com and a Forbes Council member and contributor. A founder and board member of the national Angel Capital Association and has advised several regions of the United States and England on building entrepreneurial infrastructure and ecosystems. He has testified multiple times before the United States Congress on matters concerning entrepreneurs, venture capital, and the expansion of life sciences applied research and commercialization.
Specialties: entrepreneurship, venture capital development, innovation and startup ecosystems, and angel investing.