Bill Nemeth currently leads JumpStart’s Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program. The program works with over 100 companies and deploys time donated through the generous efforts of approximately 100 mentors. The program’s purpose is to further the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the 21 counties in Northeast Ohio. Bill took the helm of the program after two years of being a volunteer mentor. In a year, he has more than doubled the size of the program which has resulted in a dramatic increase in jobs, follow-on funding and revenue generated by its client companies. In addition to Bill’s responsibilities at JumpStart he is a lead instructor for the State’s I-Corps@Ohio program which is an officially sanctioned National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) effort designed to instruct researchers and graduate students in the commercialization of university technologies. It uses Lean Launchpad and Lean Startup methodologies developed by Steve Blank and Jerry Engel at Berkeley and Stanford. Bill has been trained by Jerry and the NSF as a national instructor for the I-Corps program.
Bill is a recovering entrepreneur, born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He has been engaged in the information technology industry for over 25 years and has extensive experience in solutions development, project management, infrastructure definition and business development. His work in these fields has earned a 2004 NorTech Innovation Award and a 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Prior to taking over JumpStart’s signature mentoring program, Bill was the founder and CEO of Mirifex Systems, which Inc. Magazine recognized as the fastest-growing high-tech consulting firm in the nation in 2005. The Mirifex team developed a pioneering application in the mobile computing space that was deployed to approximately 20,000 field service technicians. He led Mirifex for 15 years and at its peak it employed close to 350 people.
Before becoming a dedicated entrepreneur, Bill held various positions in sales, project management and business development at high-tech companies including Oracle, Cognos (now a part of IBM) and SAIC.
Bill’s volunteer efforts include mentoring budding entrepreneurs at Hawken high school’s nationally recognized program and 15 years of coaching softball.
Bill holds an MBA from the University of Akron and a BSBA from The Ohio State University with dual majors in Information Systems and Marketing.