Venus Quates is a serial Entrepreneur, US Air Force Veteran, thought-provoking speaker, and
accomplished professional with over 25 years of domestic and international experience as a technologist
and consultant. As the President & CEO of LaunchTech, she leads an award-winning company that
provides innovative technology and engineering solutions to enterprise customers in the public and
Venus founded LaunchTech in 2016, which Inc.5000 recognized as one of the top 50 fastest-growing
companies and top 10 fastest-growing woman-owned companies in the country in 2021 and 2022.
In addition to her forward-thinking mindset and visionary leadership, Venus’ decades of experience
include leading large-scale transformation and modernization projects and initiatives with major
Fortune 500 companies, global banking giants, and leaders in the aerospace and defense industries
ranging from $1 million to $5 billion.
Venus currently serves on the National Board of the Girl Scouts of USA. She also serves on advisory
boards for nonprofits, STEM, and veteran-focused initiatives across the country. As a former
Entrepreneur-in-Residence for a New York-based Venture Development Organization that has raised
over $1B in funding and served over 1,000 companies, Venus shared her breadth and depth of industry
prowess while preparing diverse and early-stage firms for Venture Capital funding.
Her passion for STEM and mission to change the workforce composition in the industry drives Venus to
create life- and game-changing opportunities and access for minorities, women, and girls. In January
2022, LaunchTech birthed the annual Launching Scholars to provide girls 15-18, from diverse and
income-challenged households, with the opportunity to attend cost-based STEM programs across the
US. In July 2022, the initiative sent twelve girls from New York, Tennessee, and North and Central
Alabama to space, cyber, and aviation camps in Huntsville, AL. The creation of The STEMVP Brunch
followed and serves as the premier event to celebrate some of the Most Valuable Players in STEM,
Venus is also a member of the Forbes Business Council and Inc. Masters and has been featured in both publications.