Joann MacMaster leads new venture development activities within Tech Launch Arizona. She works closely with TLA licensing managers and UA inventors to connect them with TLA commercialization partners, identify strategic opportunities and direction, and engage appropriate business leadership for startup companies. She then works with startup teams to help them prepare companies for license. Prior to her position with TLA, Joann served as Director of the Arizona Center for Innovation, a technology incubator housed at the UA Tech Park. She has an extensive background as an entrepreneur with three successful exits, including one IPO. Her background includes software translation, simulation, network software/hardware, and healthcare education. Joann serves as immediate Past President of the Arizona Business Incubation Association, and has an appointment to the Arizona District Export Council. She holds an MBA in International Business/Entrepreneurship from Edinburgh University, Scotland.
Director, Business Development