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Jill Edwards Executive Director

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Jill Edwards is the Executive Director of the Innovation Transfer Network, a virtual technology transfer program sponsored by the Commonwealth of PA supporting 16 colleges and universities in the Harrisburg/Lancaster/Reading PA region.  She graduated Magna cum Laude in Foreign Languages from Millersville University.  She has had an extensive career in the banking industry, during which she held positions as a small business lender, headed up a community banking group and served as the head of Human Resources, Marketing and Security for a start-up bank.

Ms. Edwards has also had 16 years’ experience in economic development, particularly in entrepreneurial development.  She served as the Director of Small Business Incubation Programs for the York County Economic Development Corporation, and, while there, held leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Incubator Association.  She has freelanced in economic development, doing grant writing for a variety of regional economic development organizations.  She has served as a business reviewer for the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, conducted training programs for the York Chapter of SCORE and has acted as a mentor for the Athena PowerLink Business Advisory Council.

She also serves as the Executive Director of Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum, whose mission is to promote entrepreneurship in Pennsylvania by assisting entrepreneurs in their preparations to seek private equity and providing training in various financial topics to emerging growth companies.