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UpTech, Covington-based Tech Start-Up Accelerator, Names New Director

A Covington-based tech start-up accelerator has a new leader after the program director landed a new job.

UpTech announced Wednesday that Amanda Greenwell is departing for a position with United Way of Greater Cincinnati. JB Woodruff is the interim program director.

UpTech's board will search for a permanent director, a news release said.

Greenwell joined UpTech in 2012, overseeing its day-to-day operations. During her tenure, UpTech has attracted 22 companies, invested approximately $1.5 million, and created more than 50 jobs, according to a news release. Greenwell also oversaw UpTech’s move into its permanent space on Pike Street Covington. 

She is currently co-chairing Covington’s bicentenial celebration, COV200.

“Amanda has been an integral part of the UpTech program since 2012, and will be missed. We wish her the best in her new position,” said Casey Barach, UpTech founder and Senior Vice President for Entrepreneurship at Northern Kentucky Tri-ED.   

Woodruff currently serves as the Comercialization Director for the Kentucky Innovation Network at Northern Kentucky, also known as the eZone. Woodruff has also served as UpTech's first Entrepreneur-in-Residence and has coordinated mentoring and education activities at UpTech. Woodruff’s focus is on helping the program’s start-ups define their milestones, audit their progress in the program, and provide lean start-up education.

In addition to his work with UpTech, Woodruff has served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the 88mph accelerator in Nairobi, Kenya, and Cape Town, South Africa. In 2013, he helped start two Cincinnati start-ups, Araytha and CampFinder.com.

"We are proud to see Amanda take on her new responsibilities with United Way, and we are truly fortunate to have the caliber of start-up talent that JB Woodruff brings to the interim director position,” commented UpTech Board Chair, Thomas Prewitt.  “In both cases, this is a great story about leadership growth, development, and continuity in our community.”   

Among Woodruff’s first responsibilities will be managing the selection process for UpTech's fourth class of start-ups, which kicks off in September.

-Staff report

Photo: Woodruff (provided)