Riana is a leader in food innovation, technology, and venture strategy. A biologist turned serial entrepreneur, Riana has developed high-growth, nationally recognized technology, and food businesses. She runs the exciting new food technology company, Journey Foods, bridging the intersection of food science, AI, and supply chains.
First-hand experience working through problems and scaling a family juice company inspired her to develop acquired supply chain transparency software. Riana’s work impacts some of the most innovative food and agriculture startups in the world, as well as Fortune 500 companies on new innovations. She has served as a recent Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Google. Her accomplishments have been featured on CNBC, Forbes, USA Today, Wired, TechCrunch, Entrepreneur Magazine, among others. Her products have significantly impacted thousands of food businesses across the US and beyond. Riana’s development work was pivotal for CNBC’s small business hit show, “The Profit.” Her accomplishments have been featured in Forbes, MIT Tech Review’s 35 under 35, USA Today, Wired, Entrepreneur Magazine, Crain’s “20 in their 20s”, among others. Riana is a co-founder and board member of Women Tech Founders. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before pursuing a Masters at Northwestern University. A native of the Chicago area, Riana is a techie, a world traveler, and a food innovation expert.
I love numbers, video storytelling, mangos, and misfits…I believe we have a passionate entrepreneur in all of us. I most enjoy breaking things and putting them back together, especially with awesome people.