Venture Investing in Digital Media and Big Data

Ed Rigaud

Board Member

The Vice-Chair and Co-Founder of the Yurban Group and Yurban Ventures, Ed is Co-Director of Taft Business Consulting, LLC and is CEO of EnovaPremier, an automotive pre-assembly company that ranks in the top three nationally based on revenues, and is one of the largest MBE companies in the U.S.

Ed retired from P&G in 2001 after 36 years of service in positions including VP of Food & Beverage Products, and VP of North American Government Relations.  Ed has served on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Fifth Third Bank of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Ed has held appointments by the Ohio Governor and the President of the United States.  He was the founding CEO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.  Ed organized the first African American ownership group of a Major League Baseball team, The Cincinnati Reds, which he established with P&G alum L. Ross Love (deceased).

Ed is responsible for developing and leading a minority investment program, African American Leadership Investors (“AALI”), which is invested in Blue Chip V and Blue Chip VI venture capital funds.

Ed has been recognized by “Men of Honor,” “Top Power Brokers,” the “Public Relations Society of America’s President’s Award,” Applause Magazine’s “Image Makers’ Award,” and the Greater Cincinnati Chamber’s highest honor – – “Great Living Cincinnatian.”

Ed earned a BS in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana, an MS in Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati, and an Advanced Management Certificate from the Harvard Business School.  He has been awarded five honorary degrees.



  • Bachelor of Science, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Masters in Science, University of Cincinnati