Arsenal Venture hires Huron River Ventures co-founder as partner

Arsenal Venture Partners has hired Ryan Waddington as a partner. Waddington will lead the firm’s focus in the midwest region and be involved in sourcing investments and working with Arsenal’s portfolio companies. Prior to Arsenal Venture, Waddington co-founded Huron River Ventures. He also helped build the energy-focused private equity group at Ziff Brothers Investments.

Press Release

Arsenal Venture Partners is pleased to announce that Ryan Waddington has joined the firm as a Partner. Waddington will lead Arsenal’s efforts in the Midwest region and will be involved in all areas of the firm’s operations, from sourcing investments to interfacing with strategic organizations, to delivering value to Arsenal’s portfolio companies.

Waddington’s 15-year investing career includes, most recently, co-founding Michigan-based Huron River Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm that invests in enterprise and resource efficiency sectors. Prior to that, Waddington helped establish an energy-focused private equity group within New York-based Ziff Brothers Investments, one of the largest and most successful family office investment firms in the country, and he led several investments there totaling more than $100 million. Waddington began his career in venture capital working inside DTE Energy’s corporate venture group. He also established and executed a seed-stage funding program at NextEnergy, where he funded several prominent Michigan-based alternative energy companies.

“Ryan has a proven track record of building valuable technology companies, and he embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of Arsenal,” said John Trbovich, Managing Director of Arsenal Venture Partners. “His entrepreneurial drive, industry contacts and investing acumen will help continue AVP’s strategy of being the leading venture capital firm that invests at the intersection of the Government, large corporations, and emerging technology companies.”

Waddington holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan, where he participated in the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.

About Arsenal Venture Partners

Arsenal Venture Partners is a multi-stage venture capital firm that focuses on the intersection of the Government, large corporations, and emerging technology companies. We partner with visionary entrepreneurs to build exceptional businesses in the healthcare, commerce/logistics, enterprise, and resource efficiency sectors. We add value by fostering relationships from our unique network and experience working with the Department of Defense, United States Post Office, Department of Energy, and the Veterans Administration, among others. Arsenal Venture Partners’ core leadership team has been together for nearly 15 years and has 18 investment professionals spread across offices throughout the United States. Please visit the AVP website,, for additional information.