Maria Ferrante-Schepis Joins Ringleader Ventures As Its Latest Investor And Limited Partner


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CHICAGO, August 3, 2015 — Ringleader Ventures (RLV), the Chicago investment firm focused on matching startups with corporations, has brought on Maria Ferrante-Schepis as its latest investor and limited partner.

Ringleader Ventures invests in early stage startups that can solve strategic challenges faced by its Fortune 1000 clients. RLV offers its portfolio companies a tailored mix of investment capital, expertise and professional services in pursuit of an eventual strategic partnership, investment or acquisition.

As the managing principal of Insurance and Financial Services Innovation at innovation consulting firm Maddock Douglas, Ferrante-Schepis sees Ringleader Venture’s approach as both novel and complementary to her consulting work insofar as it “helps established firms find ways to empower their innovation efforts through partnerships as opposed to feeling pressured to build everything in house.” She further explains: “Large corporations are willing to offer startups a bit of stability in exchange for ability.”

Mike Bechtel, managing partner of Ringleader Ventures added: “We see insurance as a major opportunity area. With fluency in both insurance and innovation, Maria brings clear value to both sides of our table. She can help our insurance clients make clear sense of the startup ecosystem and vice versa.”

Mike Maddock, founding partner of Ringleader Ventures concludes: “Maria’s involvement with Ringleader Ventures is further proof of her commitment to helping the insurance and financial services industry be its own disruptor.”

About Ringleader Ventures: Ringleader Ventures, LLC, established in 2013, is a venture capital and advisory firm based in Chicago. For more information, visit

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