Darrell Williams - Founder, President & CEO
January 2008- Present
Before establishing Eighteen Ventures in 2008, Mr. Williams founded and operated the Washington Emerging Technologies Center (WETC) from 1999 until 2006. WETC, under his leadership, 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 informational and training workshops to small firms and startup companies. He also created and hosted the Connect With Capital™, which brought together SBIR award winners with potential private capital investors. WETC's outreach efforts served over 200 small businesses and 300 individual entrepreneurs.
Mr. Williams is proficient in small business formation & development, startup business modeling, National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research proposal development, i.e., preparing 3-Page Project Pitch and Phase I funding proposal, and private sector early-stage fundrasing strategy development.
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 market research, small business development techniques, 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), Portland, ME
Mr. Williams is a graduate of Bates College, Lewiston, ME, where he majored in Political Science.