Angela Jackson, Director
Angela Jackson oversees the Portland State University Business Accelerator, with 30+ resident biotech, technology and cleantech companies. She is also a founder and managing director of the Portland Seed Fund, a $3 Million private/public seed fund investing in high growth, capital-efficient companies in Oregon. She brings a decade’s experience placing ~50 angel investments in multiple sectors and a serial entrepreneur family history to her work. Prior, she advised entrepreneurs and seed‐stage companies across a broad spectrum of industries at AB Jackson Group and Emergent, a tech and consumer product incubator. She serves as President of the Portland chapter of Keiretsu Forum, the largest angel network in the world, and was Chair of the state’s premier angel investment event, Angel Oregon, in 2010.
Xan Pedisich, Operations Manager
A recent PSU grad in Liberal Studies and Applied Linguistics, Xan comes from a family of entrepreneurs and is excited to bring her diverse talents to the PSU Business Accelerator. In addition to her experience in retail management and HR administration, she has worked as a research assistant for PSU's Dr. Nike Arnold, analyzing audio and video recordings for a study on language learning and anxiety. She is currently building a mobile game application for second language learning with a design collective lead by PSU's Dr. Steven Thorne. In her spare time, she loves to travel, volunteer with local literacy organizations, and is devoted to using her Fitbit to quantify her attempts at athleticism.
Matthew Foreman, Program Assistant
Matthew brings decades of experience in event planning and customer service that will be a key asset to the Accelerator. He finished his secondary and college education in Africa, but considers himself to be a lifelong student, having taken education and media classes at a local community college and completing work for certification in teaching English as a foreign language, and is excited to join the PSU community. "I think it is tremendously stimulating to work in an environment where so many people working in diverse fields are working on products and techologies that will shape tomorrow."
The Accelerator team recruits and matches skilled mentors to company needs, from fundraising to supply chain to go-to-market. To be considered, apply here. Mentor selection is a competitve process driven by current company needs. Staff will contact you if there is a fit.
Applicants to the Accelerator present to a group of seasoned investors and executives in order to be admitted to the program. Expertise includes cleantech, biotech, software, hardware, commercialization, investment and more.