Darrell Williams - Founder, President & CEO
Established in 2008, Eighteen Ventures helps health technology entrepreneurs, startup, and small emerging firms secure public and private funding to develop innovation, marketable, problem solving health technologies and medical devices.
From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Williams formed and operated HealthTech Maine, a private consulting firm helping Maine health technology startups win Maine Technology Institute (MTI) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding to develop innovative health technologies.
Mr. Williams founded and operated the former Washington, DC-based company, Washington Emerging Technologies Center (WETC) from 1999 until 2006. Under his leadership,WETC secured three U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) funding grants and coordinated SBIR outreach activities for the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The outreach included presenting over 50 instructional workshops to technology-based companies. He also created and hosted the Connect With Capital™, which brought together SBIR award winners with potential capital investors. The entire outreach effort served over 200 small businesses and 300 individual entrepreneurs.
During Bates College's 2015 Short-Term session, Mr. Williams was appointed Practitioner in Residence. In this position he designed and taught a five week interactive course on entrepreneurship. The class focused on instructing undergraduate students how to use research, critical thinking, creativity, team building and presentation skills to solve an identified market problem and produce a solution that leads to starting a small business.
A Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration, 2001 Volunteer Award Recipient: Mr. Williams provided business development assistance to DC area small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs at the SBA Business Information Center (BIC).
Mr. Williams participated as an active volunteer mentor with the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED).
Mr. Williams is a graduate of Bates College, Lewiston, ME, where he majored in Political Science.