Elevating Impact Lab

Elevating Impact Lab: Better Cities Challenge

A kickstart weekend presented by PSU's School of Business
April 11-13, 2019
At Portland State University

Tickets and more information here 
To receive PSU Credit, register on Banweb for MGMT 510 


PSU's Elevating Impact Lab is designed to activate PSU students into change agents. During two evenings and a day, you will work with mentors from the community, faculty, and staff to experience innovation in action and grow your entrepreneurial skills. Over the course of the lab, you will build a team, develop, refine, test and pitch a business concept. 

The theme of this Elevating Impact Lab, Better Cities Challenge, explores opportunities for innovation and business applications in our urban environment. Consider: How would you make life in the city better? Think: Resilient buildings; sustainable energy; new modes of transportation; safe and inclusive spaces. 

Thursday, April 11th, 7:30 PM
Karl Miller Center Atrium

Kickoff with Ryan Tabrah, exploring strategic imperatives and opportunities to improve communities, and setting the stage for the Elevating Impact Lab. The Kickoff Keynote is free and open to the community. 

Friday, April 12th, 5 PM - Saturday, April 13th, 10 PM: Elevating Impact Lab, Karl Miller Center

This is when you move from ideas to action. As an Elevating Impact Lab participant, you will form teams, develop potential solutions, and present your ideas. You'll meet with startup leaders and community innovators to validate ideas, get some coaching and then to iterate your ideas based on market research.  

Oh, yes, there will be food. 


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Elevating Impact Lab Featured Speakers 

Grace Andrews is a driven and enthusiastic technologist with a cross-cultural focus and experience managing, facilitating, and executing entrepreneurial training and processes. She's is a lifelong entrepreneur creating her own business opportunities since she was in first grade. Grace was a co-founder at GraphAlchemist, a Portland Seed Fund and CivicX company, for over three years (2012-2015). She also won the first ever Pitch Black (a pitch competition for African-American entrepreneurs) in 2015 and placed 3rd in 2018. As a senior solutions engineer at New Relic, she enjoys working with customers to show the value of application performance monitoring across the stack. She's worked with customers in the world of automation and infrastructure as well as data visualizations and data analytics, and is currently active in the community as a Portland Workforce Alliance board member and iUrban STEM Industry Advisory Council member.


Ryan Tabrah is the General Manager of Intel’s Transportation Solutions Division, delivering the next generation of immersive, safer, connected and interactive automotive products for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Software Defined Cockpits (SDC), and In Vehicle Experiences (IVE). Drawing on over 20 years of automotive, media, storage, user interface, and security technologies experience, Ryan is passionate about challenging the status quo and leading the automotive data-centric transformation. Ryan holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Communication from Oregon State University and a Certification of Excellence in Business from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Tyrone Poole is revolutionizing the houseless problem in America through innovative technology. Ten years ago, Poole was sleeping on a broken cot in a shelter in Portland, OR. He lost everything in a firefighting training accident. He has lived the problem he is trying to fix. His transformative idea is changing the way all renters find homes at the touch of a button regardless of their background. His team is scaling to provide solutions in this country and soon - the world!