RJ Pahura

Founder & CEO, Venture Connects

RJ Pahura is an early stage educator on start-ups and angel investing.

He is the Founder & CEO of Venture Connects, a start-up and investor community that provides impactful resources to businesses seeking outside funding, as well as for accredited investors seeking qualified and vetted deal flow.

In addition to building the VC network nationally, RJ is also the Founder & CEO of the FUND Conference, a start-up and investor conference that started in Chicago and brings thousands of people together annually.

Venture Connects and FUND companies have collectively raised over 200M in funding over the past 5 years. RJ has also played a vital role in the start-up and mentorship of numerous high-profile companies.

He is originally from Kansas City, passionate about family, competition barbeque and motorcycling. He holds a Bachelors in Business from Baker University and resides in Chicago, IL.