Ryan Van Amburgh

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Ryan is a mission-driven leader with extensive experience in building diverse startup and workforce ecosystems working alongside founders, C-level executives, HR leaders, education leaders and community leaders to build alignment around desired outcomes.

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Co-founder of Career Jam. Imagine a unique and immersive experience unlike any other workforce initiative for students, educators, employers and families that will reshape career pathways. That’s Career Jam. Career Jam reinforces communities' regional workforce development ecosystems by sparking the art of the possible.  


Career Jam Timeline & Milestones

2017 hosted 900 students and 45 employers

2018 hosted 1,840 students with 70 employers

2019 hosted 2,100 students and 80 employers. 

2021 hosted 4,100 students and 80 employers (due to COVID-19, Career Jam was held virtually)

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Created and launched Spark Saratoga, an entrepreneurial ecosystem supported over seventy companies and entrepreneurs from around the Capital Region.  Since its creation, Spark has facilitated over 3,000 mentor hours valued at over $375,000 and provided over $300,000 in direct financial assistance. Ryan facilitated collaboration from the onset by partnering with Clarkson University, SUNY Empire State College and SUNY Adirondack.

Sourced and engaged training partners for early stage companies.  Developed key mutually beneficial national relationships.


Recognized as a Community Catalyst by Upstate Venture Connect, an entrepreneurial HUB in New York State.