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Christie Kerner

Startup AZ Foundation
Director of Venture Development
Phoenix, Arizona Area

Director of Venture Development, Startup AZ Foundation

It was over 20 years ago that Christie Kerner first helped launch a company, and that company became a multi-million dollar business within two years. Since then she has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs create more success.


In addition to her own entrepreneurial endeavors and her consulting practice, she has worked in Fortune 100 companies where she consistently won awards for identifying, creating and implementing efficient processes that leveraged technology to lower expenses and drive revenue. Her deep understanding of both human behavior and business make her an uncanny expert at both marketing and people ops; and her ability to translate strategy into tactics ensures things get done.


Christie is a very active connector in the #yesphx Phoenix business community. She was formerly the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the W. P. Carey School of Business and the Executive Director of Student Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University. She is now a National Director for Startup Grind and is currently the Director of Venture Development for StartupAZ Foundation's Founders Collective series where she helps top AZ tech companies create more success.