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Final Round Judges

Dr. Michael Crooke is a professor of business strategy at the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon and the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. He is the founding and lead faculty of the Socially, Environmentally and Ethically Responsible (SEER) business certificate program which has been selected as a winner of the 2013 Dr. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula, granted by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Crooke has been recognized by Trust Across America as one of Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior. In April of 2012 the Ford Foundation named Dr. Crooke one of the “10 Innovators Changing Our World,” and profiled him as one of ten cutting-edge innovators who are shaping new sustainable businesses and influencing positive change around the world.



Diane Fraiman serves as a Partner with Voyager and focuses on software and digital media investments in the Pacific Northwest, particularly Oregon. With over 30 years of technology company experience in leading marketing, strategy and business development, Diane works with startups in enterprise software, Internet/mobile/social, and security software industries. Diane was previously Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Sanctum, a VC- backed startup providing Web application security software based in Silicon Valley. Prior to her move to Silicon Valley, Diane was Vice President of Marketing for Tektronix in their Video and Networking Division and a marketing executive with Sequent Computer. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Biomedical Engineering, and received an Executive MBA from Insead in Fountainebleau, France. Diane lives in Portland, Oregon


KeithLarsonKeith Larson manages Intel’s minority equity investments in the Manufacturing, Memory, and Health Sector. Previously at Intel Capital he managed investments and identified strategic acquisition opportunities of networking, broadband, and storage building block- related companies. In addition to several acquisitions and Intel’s largest joint venture, IM Flash Technologies, he and his team have invested in many successful companies. Prior to joining Intel in 1996, Keith cofounded a $51 million venture capital fund called InterVen II, where he was a general partner for over 9 years. He is on the Board of Regents of the University of Portland, and was appointed by the Governor of Oregon to the Oregon Investment Council. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Oregon Graduate Institute at Portland State University.

Parsons-Sabrina-2014Sabrina Parsons is CEO of Palo Alto Software, developer of the best- selling business management software, LivePlan. Palo Alto Software develops software and tools specifically targeted for entrepreneurs and small-business owners. Sabrina assumed the CEO role in May 2007 and is responsible for Palo Alto’s business planning, fiscal and strategic goals and all of the company’s traditional marketing. Sabrina writes for Inc magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and Bplans.com. She is a staunch supporter of entrepreneurs, and supports entrepreneurial organizations. Sabrina is on the board of the Princeton Entrepreneurs’ Network and has chaired the Willamette Angel Conference twice. She is a graduate of Princeton University.

Dr. Tim Stout has been Chair of the Ophthalmology Department and Director of the Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston TX since 2013. Prior to this position, he served as Vice President for Commercialization Strategies at Oregon Health & Science University since 2007. As a practicing vitreoretinal surgeon and director of the Cullen Eye Institute at BCM, Dr. Stout brings experience from both the research and clinical sides of medicine. Dr. Stout received his undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston, and his medical degree and a doctorate in molecular genetics from the Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his internship in General Pediatrics at Houston’s Texas Children’s Hospital and was a post-doctoral fellow in Human Genetics at BCM. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at Doheny Eye Hospital, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a Retina fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He has been board certified in Ophthalmology since 1999. Dr. Stout earned his MBA at the University of Oregon in 2006.


Semifinal Round Judges


Chad Barczak is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with over twenty years of experience in business management and ownership. He is currently the Chairman and CEO for IDX, Inc. in Eugene, Oregon. IDX Inc. is nationally known as a leading provider of real estate search applications. IDX, Inc. manages and maintains over $1 trillion worth of active listing data from over 400 individual Multiple Listings Services (MLS) throughout the United States.



Tim Berry is founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software, which started in Palo Alto and now based in Eugene. He is the founder of bplans.com, and co-founder of Borland International. He has been active in the Willamette Angels since it originated, as well as being a managing member in 2013. He is a conceptual author of business planning software including, Business Plan Pro and LivePlan, and author of books including ‘Lean Business Planning’ (leanplan.com) and The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan, and 3 Weeks to Startup.


CHRIS CANAZAROChris Canazaro is a Director at Silicon Valley Bank leading the relationship banking team for Oregon, SW Washington and Idaho. Chris works with early and growth stage technology startups from formation through IPO primarily focused on the software and hardware sectors. Prior to banking, Chris worked as a quality engineer for the Bechtel Group on government infrastructure projects across the US.


Jim Coonan has held several roles with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, including his currentl position serving as Vice Chairman and as a member of the Board. He also served as Chairman of the Portland Angel Network. Coonan served as Director of Business Alliances for the Oregon University System from 1998 until 2003.



Edith Dorsen

Edith Dorsen co-founded the Women’s Venture Capital Fund, which invests in early-stage companies in the Pacific NW and California. These companies have completed a significant angle capital raise, are demonstrating bona fide market traction, and include women in senior leadership. As a managing partner, Edith has primary responsibility for fundraising, deal sourcing, due diligence, portfolio management and investor relations.


JAY HALADAYJay Haladay is the founding partner of 10 Branch, an investment and advisory firm that is associated with the Haladay Family Office. Haladay spent over 40 years in the technology field, working for the first 10 years at the IBM Corporation. The last 30 years have been spent founding, developing and operating vertical market software businesses. He recently retired as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Viewpoint Con- struction Software.



Joe Hawes oversees Hawes Financial Group, which is a leader in the accounts receivable management industry. His businesses consist of Professional Credit Service (Debt Collection and Receiveable Management), HealthFirst Financial (Patient Financing), Hawes Technologies (Technology Services) and McKenzie Leasing (Equipment Leasing). Hawes has over 25 years of experience in accounts receivable.


ANGELA JACKSONAngela Jackson is co-founder and managing director of the Portland Seed Fund. The Fund invests in high growth, capital-efficient companies primarily in the Northwest. She also oversees the award-winning Portland State University Business Accelerator, with 30+ resident biotech, technology and cleantech companies. Prior, Angela made angel investments in multiple sectors and advised entrepreneurs and seed-stage companies across a broad spectrum of industries. She holds a B.A. in English and history from Boston University and a M.A. in environmental studies from University of Oregon. She was recently named the 2015 Woman of Influence/entrepreneur category by Portland Business Journal.


JOE MARUSCHAKJoe Maruschak is a strategist and serial entrepreneur who co-founded his first company, BraveTree, in 2001. GarageGames acquired BraveTree in 2005, and Maruschak joined their executive team managing games, core web technology and the IP division. Currently, Joe is a mentor at Portland-based accelerator PIEPDX, and a founder and board member of the FertiLab, Thinkubator. Joe is also the Director of the RAIN Eugene Accelerator.


ERIC MEIEREric Meier in 2010 joined Cervel Neurotech. Meier brings over 20 years of medical device industry experience to the company’s leadership. The breadth of his experience includes executive management, market development, product development, commercialization, reimbursement strategy, clinical and regulatory strategy, team building and fundraising. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and a Master in Business Administration from Stanford University.


Sandra MorrisSandra Morris has a proven track record of spearheading large strategic ecommerce marketing programs. Morris worked in marketing, engineering, operations and product areas. She has been involved in developing and managing new products as well as presenting strategies and results. Currently, Sandra is working on an innovative community outreach program to enable a new platform for small business lending. She continues her role as CEO of Cafegive, after holding key executive positions with well-known companies like Kodak, Intel and RCA.


NITIN RAIRai Nitin has over 27 years of experience in the high tech industry. He is currently President & CEO of First Insight Corporation, a Hillsboro, Oregon based software company which he founded in 1994. Nitin is also very active as angel investor and mentor in the Portland Metro Entrepreneur ecosystem. He is President of TIE Oregon, the Oregon chapter of the world’s largest non-profit entrepreneur organization TIE Global. Nitin also co-chairs TIE Angels Oregon a group of active angel investors in Portland.


GREGORY RODERICKGregory Roderick is a third-generation senior housing industry member in an owner/operator position. Greg has worked in the senior housing industry at senior or executive level capacity since 1989. He has held management, marketing and finance positions with industry leaders including Holiday Retirement Corp., Regent Assisted Living, Inc. and Health Resources, Inc. Mr. Roderick attended the University of Oregon and a member of the Oregon Health Care Association.


Rygh-JonJon Rygh is Chief Creative Officer at Velocidi, a digital content marketing agency focused on demand generation, based in New York. In 2015, Jon led all digital and social media efforts for the USA Pavilion at the World’s Expo, focused on American Food 2.0. Prior to co-founding Velocidi, Jon worked in leadership capacities in advertising, branding, and design agencies, with the last several years focused primarily on digital communications.


Sandler-Scott-2014Scott Sandler manages the day-to-day activities of the Oregon Angel Fund. Starting as an engineer at Intel in the 80’s, he found out early that he liked talking about technology and products more than designing and testing them. Scott’s career in the Electronic Design Automation industry was capped by his role as CEO of startup Novas Software. He left that role in 2010, invested in the Oregon Angel Fund, and quickly became one of its most active members. He joined the fund’s management team in 2012. Scott received a BS in Computer Systems engineer- ing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


TOM SPERRYTom Sperry is the Managing Director of Rogue Venture Partners, a Portland based private equity firm. Tom holds an M.B.A. from the Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario and an International Executive M.B.A. in a program located in Hong Kong from 2002-2004.



Michael Tippie is an executive with 20 plus years of operational, venture and MICHAEL TIPPIEconsulting experience in life science companies as well as life science venture capital firms. This includes senior executive roles in five start- ups. Michael managed account- ing and sales staffs and arranged complex deals with large pharmaceutical com- panies. Michael’s roots are in the basic research in the medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical and diagnostics industry.


RICK TUROCZYRick Turoczy has been working with startups in the Portland area for 20 years. As founder of Silicon Florist, he has blogged about the Portland startup scene for more nearly a decade. Rick cofounded PIE (the Portland Incubator Experiment), a startup accelerator formed in partnership with the global advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy. Turoczy currently serves on the board of the Technology Association of Oregon and the board of the Oregon Video Game Association. In 2014, he was named the “Small Business Advocate of the Year” by the Portland Business Journal.


MITCH VANCEMitch Vance is a general partner of TGV Partners, a private equity investment firm focused on making control investments in emerging growth and middle market companies. TGV specializes in purchasing branded product companies and their investment portfolio has included such brands as the B. Manischewitz Company, Childtime Learning Centers, Raging Waters Amusement Park, Thompson/Center Arms and Garfield & Marx. Vance’s 25-year career in private equity includes stints with Levine, Tessler, Leichtman & Company, Pacific Mezzanine Investors and First Westinghouse Capital Corporation.


Vendetti-DinoDino Vendetti, a General Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures. Vendetti has spent his career as an entrepreneur, investor and executive in leading technology companies. Now putting his passion and focus on building and growing the tech eco-system in Bend. He is co-founder of FoundersPad Accelerator in Bend, Managing Director of Formative Ventures and previously General Partner at Bay Partners and Vulcan Ventures. Dino earned his MSEE and MBA degrees from the University of Washington and a BSEE degree from San Diego State University.
Elevator Pitch Judges

Mitch Daugherty

Mitch started his entrepreneurial journey when he cofounded Arizona Outback Adventures after graduating from Arizona State University. Upon leaving AOA, he cofounded Morange Design, and over the past 15 years focused on brand, digital, and website strategy for clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Mitch is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurs and served as the first two term Board Chair of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.

Jim Huston

Jim Huston is a Founder and Managing Director of Portland Seed Fund. PSF is an early stage venture firm focused on seed stage investments in the Portland Metro and greater Northwest region. Jim has led or co-led investments in 70 companies for Portland Seed Fund. Jim brings more than 25 years of technology industry experience, having worked with and invested in early stage technology companies throughout the world. Previously Jim was a Managing Director with Blueprint Ventures, a Bay Area technology growth capital firm. Prior to Blueprint, Jim served in numerous positions within Intel Capital, the world’s largest corporate venture organization. Jim has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Jim is a Charter Member of TiE Oregon, and an Oregon Angel Fund investor member, and Chairman of the Board of Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Devon Nevius

Devon got his start in technology immediately following his graduation with a B.S. in Business Administration from The University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) He quickly climbed the ranks at one of the largest office technology companies in the Northwest, before being charged with managing companywide sales for the companies fledgling Managed IT Services offering. Devon followed his entrepreneurial ambitions and ventured out on his own, seeking a company with an innovative culture and exceptional potential for growth. Devon joined Upward in 2014 as a co-owner with Ethan. Devon is a self-starter with an extremely successful track record of business growth. When not at work, Devon enjoys being a dad, competing in triathlons and working.


OEN Judges

Abhijit Banerjee, OHSU

Sara Conte, Prestobox

Mitch Daugherty, Morange Design

Scott Davidson, White Summers

Carolynn Duncan, Portland Ten

Sue Galatz, Nike Inc.

Will Glasson, Multnomah County Attorney’s Office

Jenn Lynch, Portland Seed Fund

Bret Norris, Stanley Wealth Management

Shannon Oliver, Red Duck Foods

Eric Pozzo, Pacific Light Technologies

Vijay Raghaven, Fishbowl Analytics

Matt Schroettnig, Bonneville Power Administration

Adam Stoll, Rogue Venture Partners

Doug Strabel, Greenmark Expense Reduction Solutions, LLC

Jon Summers, Attorney CPA

Tom Turnbull, Opensesame

Sanjay Vankudre, IEM Solutions

Bob Wiggins, Mount Hood Equity Partners