MBA joins St. Louis VC firm

Cultivation Capital is pleased to announce its recent hire of Ryan Rakestraw, who will join the team as a principal immediately following his graduation from Washington University’s MBA program.  Within this role, Ryan will oversee the deal flow pipeline as well as manage diligence efforts. Rakestraw previously worked with Cultivation Capital, as a leader in the firm’s due diligence research.  His proven background in both entrepreneurial ventures and diligence research make him an incredible asset to the Cultivation team.

“While pursuing his MBA at Washington University, Ryan built an impressive reputation and skillset in the areas of entrepreneurship and venture capital,” said Cultivation Capital General Partner Brian Matthews.  “Ryan is an invaluable part of our strategy to grow Cultivation Capital’s investments and footprint in the venture capital community.  We are delighted to welcome him to the team.”   “I could not be more excited to join the team at Cultivation Capital,” Rakestraw said.  “Great things happening within the startup community in St. Louis and throughout the Midwest. Cultivation Capital is marshaling the area’s resources to make sure that the region’s best ideas make it to market. I am happy to have the opportunity to contribute towards these efforts.”

Prior to joining Cultivation, Ryan was a systems engineer with Northrop Grumman where he helped to design and implement military platforms ranging from undersea to space applications.  Ryan has a bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a master’s of science in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins, and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. During his MBA, Ryan became deeply involved with the entrepreneurial community in St. Louis and helped numerous businesses craft strategies, attract capital, and execute plans.

He is active in the non-profit space where he co-founded Unite4Kids (, an organization which supports children who have suffered from abuse or neglect. Ryan also sits on the board of Employment Connection St. Louis, an organization with the mission of assisting people with limited job opportunities to become self-sufficient.

About Cultivation Capital Cultivation Capital is a St. Louis-based early stage Venture Capital firm investing in high potential technology companies throughout the Midwest.  Cultivation Capital is managed by a team of experienced entrepreneurs, who have started more than 25 companies, raised more than $200 Million dollars and had several successful exits.  For more information, visit

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