Rurik “Rik” G. Vandevenne

Managing Partner

Rik joined River Cities in 2004 to focus on information technology and healthcare investment opportunities. He brings to River Cities a strong background in strategy and business management at high-growth companies. Rik is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities and working with executives in portfolio companies on marketing, sales execution, product development and strategy.

Prior to his private equity career, Rik gained experience working with venture backed companies in the strategy group of Scient, a global eBusiness consulting firm. Before Scient, Rik worked for four years at Accenture, first in the healthcare services group and then at the Internet Center of Excellence where he helped launch several venture-backed companies as well as worked on the team that developed the online music platform for BestBuy.

Rik serves on the boards of BardyDX, Netsertive, Continuity, Univa and as an observer on the board of Veran Medical Technologies and Datical. He was previously on the board of APS, which sold to Relias Learning in 2016; EndoChoice, which had an IPO in 2015 (NYSE: GI) and sold to Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) in 2016; an observer on the board of Pioneer Surgical, which sold to RTI Surgical (Nasdaq: RTIX) in 2013; and on the board of Fullscope (sold to Edgewater (Nasdaq: EDGW) in 2009.

Rik graduated from Vanderbilt University where he received his BE in Mechanical Engineering, and he received an MBA from Duke University. Rik enjoys spending time on the Carolina beaches with his wife and three daughters and for fun he is focused on improving his lap times at various tracks in the Southeast in his sports cars.

Getting connected to Relias at is most senior level was a helpful accelerator to us, and ultimately yielded a strong acquisition offer for the company. It was a pleasure to work with both Relias and River Cities.

Russ Richmond

The River Cities team has been insightful and supportive throughout the challenges of launching a new business and the subsequent rapid growth of our company. They understand the key elements of successful strategy, collaboration, and the art of getting things done. River Cities is an extremely valuable partner to EndoChoice.

Mark Gilreath, CEO, EndoChoice Inc.
Mark Gilreath

River Cities is a team player constantly providing positive collaboration and support. The firm provides insight from their years of healthcare investing and invites you to their network of industry peers, which can be a real difference maker.

Jason Pesterfield