PSU Impact Entrepreneurs reveals award finalists, keynote speaker for June summit
Author: Christina Williams
Posted: May 8, 2013

Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs program has announced the keynote speaker and awards finalists that will be featured at the Elevating Impact Summit on June 21st at the Gerding Theater in Portland’s Pearl District. 

Keynote Eric Dawson, co-founder of Peace First, has recently been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Forbes. Dawson will talk about Peace First's innovative approach to teaching kids as young as 4 years old the critical skills of peacemaking and share the story of the bold launch of the Peace First Prize (“Nobel for Youth”) announced at the Clinton Global Initiative earlier this year. 

The first annual Impact Awards will be announced during the summit and finalists for three categories—Student Impact, Impact Entrepreneur and Corporate/Nonprofit Impact Intrapraneur—were announced today. 

“We established these awards to recognize promising and noted changemakers in our region who are seeking bold ways to make a large and lasting difference,” said Cindy Cooper, co-founder and director of Impact Entrepreneurs. 

Finalists for the Student Impact Award are Ahmed Abidine, Portland State University; Glenda Alfaro, Mt. Hood Community College; Orion Falvey, University of Oregon; Brian Forrester, Portland State University; and Simon Ngawhika, Portland State University. 

Finalists for the Impact Entrepreneur Award are Shane Endicott, Our United Villages; Michael “Luni” Libes, Fledge Incubator; Tim O’Brien, Tropical Salvage; Adam Reid, KOREducators Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public High School; Evan Thomas, SWEETSense, Manna Energy, Portland State University; and Ben West, EcoZoom. 

Finalist for the Corporate/Nonprofit Impact Intrapreneur Award are Catherine Ellingson, New Avenues for Youth; Mark Holloway, Social Venture Partners Portland; John Haines, Mercy Corps NW; Kazi Huque, Grameen Intel; and Doug Stamm, Meyer Memorial Trust. 

The Elevating Impact Summit will gather hundreds of bold, creative thinkers and action-oriented doers. More than 25 panelists will cover topics including impact investing, education, media, and startup life. Aspiring social entrepreneurs will pitch their innovations in a rapid-fire pitch session and the event concludes with a cocktail reception.

Event tickets, on sale now, are $75 if purchased by May 21st and $100 after. Students from any school can register any time for the discounted rate of $25.