Team

Finding and supporting our region's top companies takes sustenance.

Angela Jackson

Angela Jackson, Director

Angela Jackson oversees the Portland State University Business Accelerator, with 20 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Foreman

Matthew Foreman, Operations Manager

Matthew brings decades of experience in event planning and customer service that is 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 be a part of the PSU business 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 technologies that will shape tomorrow."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mentors

The Accelerator team recruits and matches skilled mentors to company needs, from fundraising to supply chain to go-to-market. To be considered to be a company mentor, submit this Mentor Application. Mentor selection is a competitive process driven by current company needs. 

 

Ross Barbieri

Ross Barbieri, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

 
Ross's years as an innovative Tech entrepreneur working in challenging startup environments made him a perfect choice as our Entrepreneur in Residence. Ross shares his blend of business and tech skills during his biweekly Office Hours and by appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Senders, SCORE Mentor

 

Steve is an in-house mentor and is available to assist client companies in all processes of business development to solve many startup obstacles using his years of expertise in the industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advisory Committee

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.