Advocate Lead, Women Innovators
Jessica Whiting’s background includes years of startup experience in autonomous systems, virtual and augmented reality, mobile telecommunications, e-commerce, and medical device solutions. Her passion and vast experience began at the age of 14 while working in downtown San Francisco at Dominion Ventures, a venture capital firm.
In 2014, Mrs. Whiting was named Director of Startup Grind where she helped raise over $18M for local startups and spent three years mentoring and consulting entrepreneurs throughout the state. Prior to Startup Grind, Mrs. Whiting worked in an e-commerce startup, with a major mobile telecommunications company, launching texting in cell phones.
Mrs. Whiting was made President of the Idaho Virtual Reality Council, a state-wide organization she launched in 2016, growing it to thousands of members. Their goal was to bring cutting edge technology to local businesses. While President, Mrs. Whiting was also a Vice President of BlackBox VR, the first immersive fitness experience. Mrs. Whiting continues her consulting for the Idaho National Lab and CAES in launching the Autonomous Systems Center of Excellence, which specializes in integrating autonomous vehicles with UAVs and analyzing and testing risk management.
Jessica has a BA in Marketing and Advertising and an MBA from BYU.