The Refinery Ventures Team Year in Review


Something magical happens when a team works as it should—everyone contributing together toward a common purpose and goal. Amazing things happen, like innovation and inspiration. There is a special kind of momentum you can feel and see.

Famed American football coach Vince Lombardi knew what it took for a team to succeed in the game. He once said that “Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a teamwork, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

We couldn’t agree more, and we have had the great benefit of working with some of the most incredible individuals—each of whom has bought into and given 110% to our collective vision of innovation and forward evolution here at Refinery Ventures.

We are so proud of the team that we have built, especially our newest additions, that we wanted to take this opportunity to (re)introduce a few of them to you.

Adam Swick

Adam is an experienced investor, startup operator, and management consultant who has been a key player and integral driving force for all we have accomplished this year.

Adam joined us and immediately made a big impact on the team. He quickly caught on to the Refinery vision, viewed thousands of pitches, performed detailed due diligence, and took a leadership responsibility on two new deals in Fund II.

He graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a consultant working with various Fortune 500 clients at Boston Consulting Group in Chicago, then later at Pritzker Group Venture Capital in Chicago. All of this was done before heading back to school to get his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Adam followed achieving his MBA by founding Swick Capital, a crypto-asset hedge fund. He also served as Director of Strategic Finance at Kraken Digital Asset Exchange, where he managed the company’s balance sheet, debt program, investor relations, and all forecasting activities.

We won big when Adam came aboard, and we are excited to see what the coming years will bring with him now contributing to the Refinery team.

Dynamic Duo of Defense Fellows

Refinery Ventures is proud to be part of The AFVentures Fellowship Program that helps train up the next generation, allowing fellows who are emerging innovators from the U.S. military to gain on-the-ground tech industry experiences.

Through our mentorship and firsthand experience, these brilliant fellows can gain insights into—and master—risk management, the developing technology landscape, and even learn how to build relationships that can help the Department of Defense advance technologically.

We recently welcomed our third group of talented Defense Fellows. With great appreciation for our previous two groups of fellows for their contributions to the team, we look forward to working with more classes to come.

Venture Partners

Here at Refinery Ventures, we have been building a great group of venture partners that have incredible contributions of expertise to our team.

Earlier this year, we spotlighted Kristi and Todd talking about boomerangs in tech and COVID innovations. And honestly, all of our partners bring something unique to the table that allows us to keep innovating and moving forward into new frontiers. We are thrilled to have each of them in the Refinery family.

The current momentum at Refinery Ventures is strong, and we can’t wait to see what the end of 2021 brings to our team. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as we all move forward together.