JOEL WIGGINS

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Joel Wiggins is CEO & President of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC), Kansas, which provides business assistance services to more than a dozen clients in the high-tech, biotech, and service industries. ECJC clients have raised $80M and generated sales of $120M while creating 900 net new jobs since 2000. Dr. Wiggins is also a founding organizer and Executive Director of the Mid-America Angels Investments, LLC. Started in March 2006, MAA has invested in 28 companies totaling $10M.

Prior to ECJC, he served as Director of the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) of the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. ATI, a former winner of the Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year award, has provided strategic support for more than 140 startups that created nearly 3,000 jobs, generated more than $1.5 billion in revenues, and raised more than $720 million since its inception in 1989. Dr. Wiggins served ATI from 1997-2005.

Dr. Wiggins has conducted incubation training workshops and technology commercialization seminars in the United States, Canada, China, South Korea, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, France, United Kingdom, Poland, Italy, Norway, Hungary, and India.

From 2002-2008, Wiggins served on the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) Board of Directors, which he Chaired in 2007. He has also served as its Treasurer and Vice-Chair and has hosted three international incubation conferences, the most recent of which was in April, 2009 in Kansas City. He Chaired the NBIA CEO Search Committee in 2009.

Wiggins serves on the boards of Invest Midwest Venture Forum, KCNext, and the KU-Edwards Workforce Development Advisory Board, of which he is Vice Chair. He also serves on the KS BIO Industry Advisory Panel and the Digital Sandbox Organizing Committee.

Dr. Wiggins holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin where he taught graduate level courses on Entrepreneurship, and Technology Assessment and Transfer; he is also a Fellow of the IC2 Institute at UT-Austin.

He lives in Lenexa, KS with his wife of 36 years. They have two adult children. Wiggins likes traveling, reading biographies, and playing/watching most competitive sports. His son says he should have been a TV sports analyst.