Isaiah Kacyvenski’s diverse and accomplished background includes earning two degrees from Harvard, playing in the National Football League (NFL) for eight years in between, and achieving success as an experienced entrepreneur and investor. Mr. Kacyvenski has a special focus at the Star Mountain Charitable Foundation on helping former professional and athletes transition into full-time employment post their careers as athletes, including assisting with internship programs to develop their skills and business knowledge.
Mr. Kacyvenski is the Founder & Managing Partner of Will Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm that leverages the power of sport to change the world. They embrace getting their hands dirty alongside the entrepreneurs they invest in and utilize their network, expertise, and experience to add outsized value to young, sport-centric companies.
Prior to Will Ventures, Mr. Kacyvenski was the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Sports Innovation Lab. The Sports Innovation Lab identifies and evaluates the technology products and services that will power the future of sports and has developed a digital market research platform and a world-class advisor network to help companies make strategic technology decisions.
Mr. Kacyvenski has a deep background in wearable sensor technology as the former Global Head of Business Development and Chairman of the Sports Advisory Board at MC10, a cutting-edge conformal electronics company focused on optimizing objective physiological data capture outside of a controlled setting. After being named the Harvard University Male Athlete of the Year and becoming the highest draft pick in Harvard history, Mr. Kacyvenski played in the NFL for eight years, was elected Special Team Captain three years in a row and served in this role during Super Bowl XL with the Seattle Seahawks.
Prior to playing in the NFL and while at Harvard, Mr. Kacyvenski worked for the United States Department of Agriculture doing testing for the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.
Mr. Kacyvenski holds a Cum Laude Bachelor degree in Pre-Medicine from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also serves on the Elected Board of the Friends of Harvard Football as well as the National Advisory Board for the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).
Mr. Kacyvenski currently serves on the elite Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Health and Fitness Technology Board. Mr. Kacyvenski is involved with the long-term $100 Million Football Players Health Study at Harvard University, serving both as Player Advisor at Harvard Medical School and a Law and Ethics Advisory Panel Member at Harvard Law School. He is also a member of the NFLPA Health and Safety Committee.
Mr. Kacyvenski is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame, the Sports and Fitness Industry Leaders Scholar, PETA Compassionate Action Award, 1st Team AP All-American, Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award given to the “best, most academically talented football player in New England”. He was also the subject of an NFL Films profile about his rise from poverty to the NFL that received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Long Feature. Mr. Kacyvenski was also featured on an Oprah Winfrey show titled “Why They Beat the Odds” and founded the Maggie Memorial Golf Tournament in honor of his late Mother, with all proceeds going to the orphanage she grew up in – the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference.