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Jonathan Woodruff

Advisor Cincinnati Area, US

Program Director, UpTech - Accelerate Big Ideas and Commercialization Director, Kentucky Innovation Network. Penn State grad.

Program Director, UpTech - Accelerate Big Ideas and Commercialization Director, Kentucky Innovation Network. Penn State grad.

16 vouches

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Ministry of Health and Social Services of Namibia
Kikai Mining
Ministry of Health and Social Services of Namibia


Program Director UpTech - Accelerate Big Ideas July 2015 - present
Commercialization Director Kentucky Innovation Network March 2015 - present
Startup Advisor / Co-Founder Araytha January 2014 - present
Co-Founder August 2013 - present
Advisor/Designer/Tech Kikai Mining May 2013 - present
Director and Owner JB Woodruff Design, LLC January 2009 - present
Entrepreneur in Residence UpTech - Accelerate Big Ideas October 2014 - March 2015
Lean Startup Instructor UpTech - Accelerate Big Ideas October 2014 - October 2014
Entrepreneur in Residence January 2013 - May 2013
Project Manager Centric Consulting January 2012 - October 2012
Senior Consultant Centric Consulting October 2009 - October 2012
Centric Consultant - System Solution Manager EyeMed March 2011 - January 2012
Centric Consultant - System Tester EyeMed August 2010 - March 2011
Consultant Accenture July 2004 - October 2009
IT Advisor Ministry of Health and Social Services of Namibia May 2008 - October 2008
IT Specialist United Disabled Persons of Kenya October 2007 - January 2008
Accenture Consultant Microsoft January 2006 - October 2007
IMLP Intern GE Aviation 2003 - 2004


Penn State University Information Sciences and Technology 2000 - 2004

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Events
  • • Financial Services
  • • Healthcare
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Transportation
  • • Edutainment
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Teacher training
  • • Youth Leadership
  • • Higher Education
  • • Fitness
  • • Nutrition
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Records
  • • Wellness

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

UpTech Program Director - 2015 - Current
KY Innovation Network Commercialization Director - 2015 - Current - Co-Founder
Araytha - Co-Founder
88mph Accelerator - Entrepreneur-in-Residence - 2012-2013

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

As the current program director of the UpTech accelerator, I'm looking for the top startups looking to go through a top-tier accelerator experience.

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Jacob Lennheden
We worked together  •  Analyst, DI - Dansk Industri. Previously Director of Innovate, Global Minimum. Simon Fraser grad.
Jonathan was one of my personal mentors as Entrepreneur-in-Residence during my time at 88mph. A tech-accellerator in Nairobi. He has more kn ... owledge and experience both as an entrepreneur, but also as a trainer, than more other people I've ever met. He is excellent at finding market opportunities, knows the opportunities when he sees them and excels at taking the right risks and avoiding pitfalls. In addition he is very resourceful and knows all the ins and outs of financing and managing a start-up.
Arnaud Collery
We worked together  •  Creator. Host and co-producer., and Founder and CEO.,
He is an all around business guy. He's got the creative and business mind into one. Reliable and no B.S. Very knowledgeable about the start ... up world, especially the acceleration process.
Kiril Dobrev
We worked together  •  Co-founder, Cable Kiosk. Previously Founder, Weaver Social Club.
Jonathan is a great all round startup advisor. His insight into building a scalable business, in both strategic and operational aspects, was ... excellent. Working with him is enjoyable because he is a fun guy and is easy to get along with. I would highly recommend him as an advisor, he certainly played a vital role in getting our e-commerce business to where it is today.
Tarek Kamil
They're my mentor  •  Founder and President, Cerkl. Previously Executive Director Online Strategies, InfoMotion Sports Technologies.
JB has a diverse background which is perfect when dealing with companies in so many different industries/markets. He's able to digest and sy ... nthesize information quickly as well as see how various opportunities may or may not fit into the roadmap of a startup.
Nikolai Barnwell
We worked together  •  Investor, and Director/Program Manager, Nairobi,
JB has a wide range of skills and is flexible enough to understand many angles to problems and solutions. He's extremely hands-on and just d ... igs in to move forward.
Andrew Park
We worked together  •  Member of the Board of Directors, The Circuit and Co-Founder, Rathskeller Labs.
JB is a good entrepreneur because he is creative, and yet analytical. He understands how to break complex problems down into actionable, man ... ageable tasks and leverages resources and tools available to him to stay on task. He is thoughtful and driven. He is well connected and is full of great ideas. He also revels in advising others and sharing experiences that help keep people heading down a good path.
Simbarashe Mabasha
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, Wabona and Co-Founder, Director, Afrikan Dust Media Group.
Jonathan is one of the best advisors I have had the pleasure of working with. He is very insightful giving one a 360 degree look at a proble ... m, so has to better solve it. He is very results driven, which gives one positive pressure to get results.
Casey Barach
We worked together  •  Director, Kentucky Innovation Network, Senior Vice President, Tri-ED, UpTech and Director, ezone. The Ohio State grad.
JB has the relevant hands on experience in the start-up space. This experience coupled with JB's intelligence, knowledge and demeanor makes ... for a great advisor.
Amanda Greenwell
We worked together  •  Advisory Board Member, NKU Center for Applied Informatics (CAI) and Co-Chair, Sustainability Working Group, myNKY.
JB is a Lean Startup expert!
Brennan Sweeney
Consultant, Entrepreneur, Investor, Advisor and Start-up Enthusiast
Andrew Savitz
They're my advisor  •  CEO, Hive App, LLC. Previously Director of Business Development & Kickstarter Manager, GoSun Stove.
I met JB when he was a mentor at a Startup Weekend, soon after ended up working for his startup, and am currently receiving his guidance as ... he is the program director of a startup accelerator that my company is going through. He always gives us honest feedback on what we are doing and helps us in areas about which we are uncertain. He is an excellent person to have on your side!
Amanda González
We worked together  •  startup founder/ceo at gamejoule. #UpTech2015 For more info, see or
Jonathan is a helpful mentor and advisor because he's good about asking relevant questions to wherever you're at in your startup journey to ... help you push to the next level. JB is the Program Director at my accelerator and has been instrumental in facilitating connections in the local startup community.
Alex Yungvirt
They're my friends  •  Family Room Specialist, Apple and Co-founder, Fanvester.
JB is very knowledgeable, understanding, and takes the time to listen and empathize with each person or company he crosses.
Jeffrey Mason
We worked together  •  Creator and CEO, KiwiLive. Previously Senior Analyst, Stress Engineering Services, Inc.. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign grad.
JB has a rare combination of skills that make him invaluable to pretty much any conceivable startup. He brings design expertise, some techni ... cal chops, and a LOT of startup experience. He's been an advisor, accelerator director, and started businesses himself. He has been a phenomenal mentor and advisor to me in my business. Can't recommend him enough.
Darrin Murriner
We worked together  •  Chief Executive Officer, Stockpilz and Owner, BabysitEase. University of Kentucky grad.
JB is the Director of an accelerator program and has worked with many entrepreneurs in that role. He meets weekly with the founders of these ... early stage companies and provides great advise.
David Pearce
They're my friends  •  Founder & CEO @ Fanbloom. Previously Partner @ Differential. Entrepreneur, marketer, developer & designer.
Jonathan has significant experience working with entrepreneurs through the early validation and MVP development stages. He understands the c ... hallenges and is helpful navigating the pre-funding / accelerator stages of company growth.

Brennan Sweeney
We worked together  •  Consultant, Entrepreneur, Investor, Advisor and Start-up Enthusiast
Brennan has a strong desire to solve tomorrow's problems and is equipped with his extensive consulting background to create meaningful solut ... ions. He's a calm in the storm of innovation which always brings the focus back to the task at hand.

Ry Walker
Co-Founder, Astronomer and Co-Founder And Managing Director, Differential.
Ry offers strong technical expertise coupled with the necessary customer development experience to deliver meaningful solutions. He's also ... just a cool guy who really wants to help.

Tarek Kamil
Founder and President, Cerkl. Previously Executive Director Online Strategies, InfoMotion Sports Technologies.
Tarek knows his stuff. I consider him a unicorn in the field with excellent tech, communication and business expertise. He has started, ru ... n and sold more than one company. Those things alone would make him a great advisor, but what makes him really great is his willingness to listen and help others in the field.

Jeffrey Mason
They're my advisor  •  Creator and CEO, KiwiLive. Previously Senior Analyst, Stress Engineering Services, Inc.. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign grad.
He'd make a great entrepreneur because he already is one. He's been hustling since he taught himself to code and build his first product. ... He's great to work with and definitely a guy you would want to grab a beer with.