Justin Williams, Chairman & CEO, Startup Tucson
As founder and President of Startup Tucson, Justin has worked to grow a vibrant startup community in Tucson, AZ by organizing entrepreneurs and technologists alike through events, education and mentorship. Experiential education events like Startup Drinks, Startup Tucson Hackathon, Co-Founder Speed Dating, Startup Weekend, Startup Job Crawl and Lean Launchpad help connect entrepreneurs to the skills, partners, investors and mentors that can help them take ideas and see how far they can go. He is also a doctoral student in MIS in the UA Eller College of Management where he is developing a course to help teach students in technology how find a successful business model for their new product/service idea or invention. Justin also serves as Executive Emeritus with the Arizona Technology Council. He joined the Council and established the Tucson office as part of its 2008 merger with AMIT – Tucson’s Aerospace, Manufacturing and Information Technology Cluster, where he served as founder and Executive Director since 2005. During this time he served on the industry advisory board for both the UA College of Engineering. Prior to his tenure with the Council, Justin worked for over 10 years with high-tech firms in Southern Arizona including Electronic Data Systems, Intuit, and Ventana Medical Systems. He also helped launch numerous startup companies helping to commercialize university research including Ridgetop Group, Ardext Technologies and Selectioneering. Justin has a B.S. in Systems Engineering, an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance and is an alumnus of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. In 2011, Justin was named as one of Tucson’s “40-Under-40” by the Arizona Daily Star. He’s been married to his wife Dawn for 15 years and is a father to his 6 year old son J.J.