Heidi J. Jarvis-Grimes is the Vice President of Business Development at the Idaho Technology Council (ITC). Heidi brings together investors and members thus building partnerships to champion the growth of Idaho’s technology ecosystem. Heidi provides leadership to the ITC’s efforts in industry investment strategies, connecting industry technology leaders with educators to drive Tech2Market partnerships, connecting technology leaders with information and sources for capital via the Capital Connect program, standing up the Triangle of Innovation to expand the ITC ecosystem across the state of Idaho, and driving Idaho companies to start, grow, and thrive. Heidi was honored on International Women’s Day in 2018 as one of the Idaho Women of the Year by the Idaho Business Review.
Heidi joined the ITC with more than 20 years of experience in business development, public and private partnerships, economic development, strategic initiatives, and industry relations. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Dayton, followed by M.Ed. Leadership Graduate Studies, University of Idaho. Prior to joining the ITC, Heidi led Strategic University Initiatives at Idaho State University, as well as the College of Arts & Letters in developing new collaborations with Apple and other local, national, and international companies that resulted in the Ambassador of India to the U.S. participation in the Frank Church Symposium, and the Metropolitan Opera holding their annual National Council Idaho/Montana Regional Auditions at the Stephens Performing Arts Center. While at Washington State University, she served as adjunct faculty, as well as the head of External Relations, in collaboration with Corporate and Foundation Relations. Heidi led initiatives with Boeing (Imagine Tomorrow), (Innovator’s Series), Smart Farm Research, Earthbound Farm, Smart Grid Research, Avista, Microsoft Research and many others that resulted in the significant strengthening of research productivity while creating new opportunities for students to engage with companies. At WSU, she also served on the Executive Board for the Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach. CEREO brought in over $40M in funding (in 5 years) and became a strategic voice in environmental issues across the U.S. Heidi is also a professional orchestra conductor and, over 30 years, has conducted many orchestras throughout the nation.
Heidi also serves as a lead for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization and Johnson & Johnson’s BioGENEius International Challenge and is a BioGENEius Women Innovators Mentor at the annual Biotechnology Innovation Organization International Convention.