About Us

Riphean is a growth management firm devoted to supporting entrepreneurial growth and enriching the communities we serve.

Our Story

Our story is one of passion, purpose and a relentless pursuit. Riphean was founded in 2020 by visionary leader Joel Griffin, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and community advocate driven by a deep desire to create meaningful impact.

From the beginning, Riphean’s focus has been on identifying exceptional ventures and providing them with the support they need to succeed. Through strategic investments and our role as an angel investor in primarily veteran-owned small businesses, we aim to empower entrepreneurs and cultivate a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Fredericksburg region.

As we continue to write our story, we hope to also inspire others to join us in creating a positive ripple effect. We understand that sustainable growth can only be achieved together. Join us as we collaborate with exceptional entrepreneurs to shape a future where the entrepreneurial spirit thrives and communities flourish.

Our Focus Areas

Our core areas of focus include private equity and venture capital, hospitality and angel investments in veteran-owned small businesses. Our investments are not only driven by financial success, but also by our desire to create meaningful impact in the sectors we operate in.

In addition to our investment activities, we are also deeply committed to backing initiatives in education, workforce development, and technology. We firmly believe that education is the foundation for growth and progress, and we actively support programs and organizations that foster learning opportunities for all. Furthermore, we recognize the transformative power of technology and its ability to drive innovation and efficiency across industries.

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital

  • Technology

  • Hospitality

  • Professional Services

  • Real Estate
  • Healthcare

  • Nonprofits

Our Senior Team

  • Joel Griffin
    Founder and President, Riphean Group
  • Kylie Starace
    Chief Administrative Officer, Riphean Group
  • Autumn Noltee
    Senior Controller
  • Nadia Chughtai
    Human Resources Manager
  • Brittany Fowler
    Executive Assistant

Our Values

Pursuit of Uncompromising Excellence

Excellence is the cornerstone of our identity. We relentlessly strive for greatness; surpassing expectations in our endeavors. Our commitment to excellence permeates our daily actions, shaping the very fabric of who we are. Excellence is not just a result; it’s our way of life.

Unified in Purpose, Resilient as One

We foster a culture of unity and cohesion, recognizing that we are stronger together. As a team, we prioritize the collective success of our organization above individual achievements. No task is beneath us, and no challenge is insurmountable when we stand together.

Trust Anchored in Unwavering Loyalty

Trust forms our foundation; unwavering loyalty strengthens our bonds. We rely on one another with absolute confidence, inspiring steadfast support and commitment. Through trust and loyalty, we forge unbreakable bonds that drive our collective success.

Our Community Impact

We take a proactive and comprehensive approach to community impact, aiming to make a positive difference through each of our ventures. We recognize that actions have the power to influence and uplift communities, and we embrace the responsibility to contribute.

From strategic investments, philanthropic initiatives, collaborations and partnerships, thought leadership and advocacy, and volunteerism and engagement, we seek to contribute to the overall well-being and prosperity of the communities we serve.

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