Jill Ford is a principal at Toyota AI Ventures, focused on
discovering investment opportunities and working closely with our portfolio
companies. Passionate about enabling people through technology innovation, she
brings a wealth of experience as a corporate business development executive,
economic development leader, and innovator.
Jill joins Toyota AI Ventures from the Mayor’s team at the
City of Detroit, where she served as the head of innovation and
entrepreneurship. In that role, she attracted and grew startups and small
businesses by engaging directly with entrepreneurs, finding gaps in Detroit’s
entrepreneurship ecosystem, and working with public and private sector partners
to create programs, such as the Motor City Match, to fill these gaps.
Previously, Jill held global technology leadership roles,
heading Disney Mobile’s worldwide distribution to mobile device manufacturers,
and running Motorola’s global games usage. She also ran a company in Ghana that
discovered, developed, and funded new entrepreneurs.
She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from
Harvard University, and a Wharton MBA in finance and entrepreneurial
Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Jill.