Joe Ripple (MBA 21) worked in management consulting for five years prior enrolling at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. In 2018, Ripple started his own social enterprise—Ripple Effect Ventures, which provides college admissions counseling and impact advising in Rwanda and has grown his enterprise while a student at Ross.
As an analyst for International Investment Fund, Ripple conducted screening and detailed due diligence on an Indian defibrillator company, capacity building for an Indian food preservation company, and was actively involved on the development board. Ripple applied for and was selected to be a co-managing director of the fund for the 21-22 academic year and has already secured a new partner in the Caribbean that the team will work alongside.
During his first year at Ross, Ripple was a part of a WDI-sponsored multi-disciplinary project team that advised the Kenyan consulting firm Private Equity Support on how to scale the company and also train small and medium enterprises to grow their businesses and raise capital. Upon graduation, Ripple intends to work in venture capital in developing countries, with a specific interest in Africa. Ripple received a B.A. in Economics from Marquette University and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Virginia.