Each year the Portland Business Journal recognizes 40 overachievers under the age of 40. The 2013 list of winners includes PSU School of Business faculty Cindy Cooper, co-founder and director of Impact Entrepreneurs and School of Business alumnus Dr. Paresh Patel ’96, founder and president of Vendscreen.
Cindy Cooper oversees Impact Entrepreneurs’ marketing and operations, directs the Social Innovation Incubator and teaches MBA and MIM courses in global social innovation and entrepreneurship.
Cooper has been furthering social entrepreneurship since 1999, working across sectors in staff and consulting roles with organizations such as Net Impact, the Three Guineas Fund Social Entrepreneurship Incubator, Verité, Meyer Memorial Trust, Ashoka’s Changemakers, and Nike. In 2004 she co-founded Speak Shop, an award-winning social venture. Read her recent guest blog post for Sustainable Business Oregon here.
Dr. Paresh Patel is a lifelong entrepreneur with a passion for applying breakthrough technologies to established business models. At age 17, he founded Courtesy Vending to help pay for college, then propelled the company to twenty times growth in just five years to become the largest independent vending operator in the Portland area.
Anticipating the rapidly evolving technology needs of vending operators, Dr. Patel again applied his entrepreneurial instincts, business savvy and industry experience to launch VendScreen; a game-changing product which advances vending’s position in the retail channel.