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“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
- Ellen Sirleaf, Africa's First Female Head of State
Evan Wray is the CEO and Cofounder of Mavely, a discovery platform where women can uncover up-and-coming direct to consumer brands, share products with friends and family, and earn cash from their purchases. He also serves as a Venture Partner for Trailmix Ventures, a female-led, early-stage investment firm focused on the future of living well. Additionally, he sits on the Venture Builders Advisory Board at his alma mater, University of Notre Dame where he received a BA in Economics.
An accomplished investor, founder and entrepreneur who has already achieved two successful exits, Evan has been recognized by Forbes’ 30 under 30 and has solid experience in the digital advertising and technology industries. At Mavely, Evan and his team are building a robust brand partner eco-system to solve the rising customer acquisition cost for D2C brands.
Prior to Mavely, Evan co-founded Swyft Media, the first emoji ad network, where he pioneered the idea of delivering native branded emojis directly to consumers in their favorite messaging applications. Under his leadership, Swyft quickly scaled into a global technology company reaching over 2 billion monthly active users worldwide and partnered with over 300 leading brands such as Disney, Dreamworks, Fox Entertainment, MillerCoors, Sony and many more. In 2015, Monotype Imaging (NASDAQ: TYPE) acquired Swyft. Evan went on to be a founding partner of Irish Beef, a quick service restaurant franchise focused on implementing culture and technology that was acquired by Equicorp Partners in 2018.
In 2017, Wray was selected to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in the Media and Advertising category. This recognition is given to the most influential 30 people under the age of 30 in their respective industries.
In 2015 he became a member of the Emerging Young Entrepreneurship Society, an international society of 140 entrepreneurs, across 4 continents, under the age of 35. Wray is an active member of the community, including helping to establish the first chapter in the United States.
Wray frequently speaks at technology industry events on mobile trends and the future of innovation in the space, and is regarded as an industry expert on messaging applications and brand experiences. In addition to this, he is an active mentor to young entrepreneurs as they start or scale their ventures.
While at the University of Notre Dame, Evan walked on to the Varsity Football team as an outside linebacker and competed in the Bengal Bouts boxing tournament. Wray graduated with with a B.A. in Economics in 2012 and is actively involved in the Notre Dame community through the Irish Entrepreneur Network and a judge for the McCluskey Business Plan Competition.
Investor & Advisor
Wray has been incredibly fortunate to have several exceptional mentors throughout his life. Without these individuals' influence, he would not have become the person he is today. Each one of these mentors had a similar positive influence and guidance in their lives and careers. Wray enjoys being able to give back advice to aspiring entrepreneurs (and share many mistakes that have been made!). He hopes that he can provide some guidance and clarity to others, as his mentors have and continue to provide, to him throughout his personal and professional life.
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Recent & upcoming speaking events Evan will be attending:
Keynote, Ultimate Chicago Pitch Madness - July 2019
IDEA Center Sports Tech Panel with Evan Wray, Bryan Richie (Associate Provost, IDEA Center) and Jack Swarbrick (Notre Dame Athletic Director) - April 2019
Keynote, Irish Angels 2018 Annual Meeting - December 2018
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