Episode 40: With Jennifer Bonnett - Vice President, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Savannah Economic Development Authority
We speak with Jennifer Bonnett. Jennifer is a recovering entrepreneur turned entrepreneurial economic development professional focused on helping entrepreneurs launch, grow and scale technology businesses in Georgia. She is the Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA). Jennifer also served technology entrepreneurs through her role as Director/General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia's Technology Incubator. Jennifer has a passion for female technology entrepreneurs and is the founder of StartupChicks, a non-profit membership organization. StartupChicks is focused on connecting, educating and inspiring women and girls to become STEM focused entrepreneurs. She is also the Executive Director of The Creative Coast. Jennifer is a former technology entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in Information Technology and Software Development specializing in web and mobile technologies. Jennifer has held numerous CEO/CTO positions in bootstrapped, angel and venture-backed technology startups. We discuss how office jobs may never come back as we know them, the future of city based tech hubs, how important data is during this pandemic and how we can technologically innovate to approach an uncertain future. Lots of forward thinking from this smart lady that far preceded the pandemic and how we will all need to reset.