1855 1st Ave #103
San Diego, CA 92101
Amanda serves as the CEO of the WBT Innovation Marketplace (WBT). The WBT is an international accelerator program that culminates with an annual event showcasing seed and pre-seed stage technologies developed at top universities, federal labs, and research institutions. Amanda also produces the WBT Open Innovation Forums, sector focused regional events that introduce the mindset and methods of open innovation. Amanda joined the WBT in 2006 and has since worked with over 550 start-ups, spin-outs, and research organizations commercializing emerging technologies.
Early in her career Amanda lead a nonprofit organization, worked for the State of Arizona and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Amanda brings over a decade of experience working with government agencies, universities, venture investors, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and industry leaders in technology commercialization. She has an extensive background in executing cross platform international marketing campaigns, developing education programs for startups, and mentoring technology innovators in the high tech sector.
Amanda is involved with Women in Technology International and the Licensing Executive Society. She earned a B.A. in Neuropsychology from The Evergreen State College.
Mr. Heard was a founder in 2002 of the WBT Innovation Marketplace. He is an investor in venture capital and private equity funds, and an underwriter of initiatives to support entrepreneurs. He is a Manager of Development Capital Networks and Cimarron Capital Partners. Robert was a founding director of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF) and co-authored the National Governors' Association study, “The Experience of States with Seed and Venture Capital." He currently sits on the Advisory Committees of numerous private equity funds and is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer. Robert earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jim is a Founder of Development Capital Networks and manages its WBTangels initiative which includes funds in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming. In his career he has inspired over 70,000 people in his seminars and workshops ranging from change management, to adult education and participative planning.
Since 1997, Jim has led over 100 workshops averaging 35 participants on seed investing for angel investors and new entrepreneurs. As an expert in strategic planning, group facilitation, and organizational learning, Jim heads up the firm’s internal planning processes and new curriculum designs
He received his B.S. from Oklahoma State University and earned a master's degree with a concentration in organizational transformation from DePaul University in Chicago where he serves as an Adjunct Faculty in their School for New Learning.
Ms. Griffin is a CPA with full bookkeeping, financial accounting, insurance, and audit responsibilities. She is responsible for maintaining financial records of each Development Capital Networks enterprise, producing financial reports for Development Capital Networks clients, and overseeing the financial affairs of the firm.
Mr. DeNies is the head of the IT department for Development Capital Networks. He leads the team responsible for developing and maintaining the servers, web sites and databases for all Development Capital Networks enterprises, as well as providing technical assistance to all staff and maintaining the general network infrastructure. He has been on the DCN team since 2001 and has experience with a wide range of IT technologies, with a focus on administering and developing in Lotus Domino.