Venu Raghavan serves as Vice President of Strategy and Development for Wasson Enterprise (WE), where he oversees the investment strategy across Wasson Enterprise. Venu’s primary focus is to identify opportunities that align with the expertise of Wasson Enterprise and enable Wasson Enterprise to work in partnership with companies to build and grow their business.
Venu is a builder. This is informed in large part by Venu’s experience working in Chicago’s start-up and early-stage community, with Venu having served as a founding team member at CouponDoc, Manager of Strategy & Analytics at Belly, and Director of Finance & Analytics at Opternative. Venu’s entrepreneurial experience is matched by his time working in New York with the Investment Banking Division of Barclays Capital, where he focused on M&A and capital raising in the healthcare sector.
Venu leads due diligence efforts across Wasson Enterprise, where he digs deep to really understand a company’s foundation and leadership, with a focus on ensuring the company’s values align with the values of Wasson Enterprise. Venu also examines potential partners with a focus on how Wasson Enterprise’s commitment to providing active and ongoing operations support can meaningfully align with a company’s goals.
Venu also works to continuously refine Wasson Enterprise’s investment and partnership strategy. His focus is on using the learnings of the first four years to inform a disciplined and strategic investment approach, with the Wasson Enterprise portfolio featuring a mix of early-stage investments, strategic partnerships, and private equity that work to diversify the portfolio across high-growth sectors.
Outside of his professional life, Venu’s volunteer work with organizations such as the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship continues to deepen his passion for both healthcare and education.
Venu earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Michigan, and his master’s degree in analytics from the University of Chicago.