Rhys Williams


Rhys L. Williams is CEO, Director, and Co-Founder of CapSoft, LLC, a start-up in the e-sourcing and e-procurement markets for business and governmental entities. He is also President & Co-Founder of New World Angels, Inc., a member-managed, structured angel investor group with chapters in Southeast Florida and Tampa Bay, now in its eleventh year. Mr. Williams has also been active in efforts to commercialize biotechnologies from Florida’s research universities and institutes, having co-founded several biotechnology spinout ventures.

Previously he was a venture capitalist with SI Ventures (Gartner Group-affiliated fund) and held executive positions with Ixion Biotechnology (stem cells), Smith Barney, American Express, and the U.S. Army Special Forces (Commander, combat diver detachment; “Green Beret”). He presently serves on the Boards of Aplicor, Inc.; the Florida Venture Forum; the University of Miami’s Coulter Center Technology Review Committee; the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium (Executive Committee & Immediate Past Chairman); The LeMieux Center at Palm Beach Atlantic University; Univ. of Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; and the Harvard Club of the Palm Beaches. Past Board service includes Florida Atlantic University Foundation (investment and audit committees), the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (gubernatorial appointee; Treasurer – Board and Seed Fund), and Leadership Florida.

Mr. Williams regularly serves as a panelist and Selection Committee member for the Florida Venture Forum’s Early Stage Conference, as a Final Round Judge for the FAU Business Plan Competition, as a Panelist for BioFlorida’s annual conference, and he has testified before the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Competitiveness and Innovation. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College magna cum laude (with coursework at Universidad de los Andes [Bogotá, Colombia]) and both MBA and J.D. degrees from Univ. of Florida (MBA class president; Florida Blue Key inductee). He is admitted to legal practice in FL & NY. Mr. Williams is a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute.

A fifth generation South Floridian, Rhys lives in Delray Beach with his wife Dr. Lorna Sohn Williams and their two children. Rhys and Lorna are active philanthropic supporters of the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, the Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Harvard University, Wellesley College, and past supporters of the JFK Medical Center Foundation and Hospice of the Palm Beaches (Annual Fundraising Event and Underwriting Committee Co-chairs). They also serve on the Missions Committee of Grace Community Church in Boca Raton.