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Jeff Amerine, All Around Technology Evangelist, Consultant, Investor, and NWA Startup Booster, Gravity Ventures

Jeff Amerine, All Around Technology Evangelist, Consultant, Investor, and NWA Startup Booster, Gravity Ventures

Jeff's career has involved creating, financing and deploying high-tech telecommunications and information technology products and services. He has held senior leadership positions in seven startup ventures and three Fortune 500 companies over the past 22 years. Jeff joined the University of Arkansas Technology Licensing Office in February 2008. His role at the university is to implement effective strategies and methods that lead to commercialization of world-class research. In addition, Jeff teaches entrepreneurship at the Walton College of Business in addition to consulting for Innovate Arkansas. Over the past 4 years, Innovate Arkansas has served over 100 clients and has helped them raise $55 million in public and private funding. In 2010, Jeff helped found a 21-member, tech-focused, angel investment fund called Gravity Ventures Arkansas. Gravity Ventures Arkansas has made five investments in high tech, high growth startups in Arkansas that included Acumen Holdings a joint investment involving Noro-Moseley Partners, and Dillard?s. The Gravity Ventures Arkansas team is now creating a second larger fund. Other recent activities have included the statewide deployment of the Gone in 60 Seconds elevator pitch contest, Natural State Angel Association, and the successful creation of the ARK startup accelerator. Jeff holds a BS, Physical Science, from the United States Naval Academy, an MS in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas, and is pursuing a doctorate in workforce development education at the University of Arkansas. Jeff is a certified project management professional (PMP) in good standing since 2002.

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