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TechGROWTH welcomes alumnus Aaron Kirby to team

Alexis Eichelberger
April 17, 2019

TechGROWTH Ohio recently welcomed its newest team member Aaron Kirby back to Athens in a new roll of assisting regional tech industry entrepreneurs to get the help they need to succeed.

Aaron Kirby graduated from Ohio University in 2016 with a degree in entrepreneurship. For about four months now, he has worked as a TechGROWTH business development associate, engaging entrepreneurs through outreach in the 20 counties TechGROWTH serves.

A native of Jackson, Kirby comes from a long line of small business owners. He chose to study entrepreneurship because he felt it was a balance between his interest in his family’s legacy in business and his own creative passions.

“It was always kind of in my blood to want to do entrepreneurship,” he said.

After graduating from OHIO, Kirby returned to his hometown and turned a long-empty building into a modern, industrial-style bar and restaurant for a family friend. He spent more than a year working on renovations, financial planning and more to turn the small business into a success.

After finishing the project, he decided to return to OHIO when he found the TechGROWTH position that perfectly suited his interests and skills.

“I always kind of wanted to work for the university, ever since I graduated,” he said. “I love OHIO.”

Kirby has been transitioning into his position at TechGROWTH for the past few months, developing his role as a point of contact for entrepreneurs in the early stages of working with the program. He hopes to help raise awareness among entrepreneurs about the helpful services TechGROWTH offers to regional tech innovators, start-ups and established businesses to set them on the right path to success.

“Since I’m from this region, and my family are all entrepreneurs and business owners in the region, being able to help entrepreneurs in this region is really important to me,” he said. “The fact that I’m going to get to go out and talk with these entrepreneurs and point them in the right direction and help them with whatever they need is really special to me.”