JB Woodruff currently serves as the Program Director of UpTech and as the Commercialization Director of the Northern Kentucky office of the Kentucky Innovation Network. He took over as director of UpTech in 2015. In the spring of 2017, he attended the 500 Startups Bootcamp for Accelerator Managers and brought back many of the west coast’s best startup practices, adapting them for the midwest and integrating them into the UpTech program.
JB attended Penn State where he received his bachelors of science in Information Sciences and Technology. He joined Accenture upon graduating where he worked as a SAP consultant for companies including Microsoft, Dow Chemical and Exxon Mobil. In 2009, he joined Centric Consulting in Cincinnati to stay closer to home. Leaving Centric in 2012, he began startup journey as an entrepreneur-in-residence with the 88mph accelerator in Nairobi, Kenya, and Cape Town, South Africa. JB founded JB Woodruff Design in 2009, and, in 2013, he helped launch two Cincinnati startups, Araytha and CampFinder.co. His myriad talents include passions for marketing, graphic design, technology consulting, photography, and travel.