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PSU Impact Entrepreneurs announce Summit lineup, awards finalists
Author: Christina Williams
Posted: May 15, 2014

Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs program announced today the keynote speakers, Social Innovation Pitch Fest finalists, and second annual Impact Award finalists that will be featured at the all-day Elevating Impact Summit on June 20th at the Gerding Theater in Portland, Oregon. 

Portland’s premier social innovation conference, the Elevating Impact Summit brings together hundreds of social innovators and entrepreneurs representing lifelong changemaking. 

“Our region is experiencing a surge in innovations that benefit humanity and our environment,” said Cindy Cooper, co-founder and director of Impact Entrepreneurs. “We celebrate these creative and steadfast innovators and learn from the pathways they have forged.”

World-renowned social entrepreneurs Victoria Hale, Founder of One World Health and Medicines 360; Kat Taylor, Founder of One PacificCoast Bank; and Mark Freedman, Co-Founder of, will keynote the event. 

The 2014 Impact Award winners will be acknowledged on stage and receive a one-of-a-kind award created in partnership with local design shop ADX. Impact Award finalists are:

Campus Innovation: Pinchot, the Opal School, and the Center for Public Interest Design in the School of Architecture at PSU

Impact Entrepreneurship: Vocoform, Go Box, and Sustainable Harvest

Impact Intrapreneurship: Mercy Corps MicroMentor, DePaul Industries social enterprises, and Ecotrust Forest Management

Pitching live at the event, six early-stage startups will vie for $1500 cash and in-kind legal support from Immix Law during the Social Innovation Pitch Fest. Winners will be chosen by audience vote and announced during the cocktail reception. 

This year’s startups are: Katrina Scotto di Carlo, Supportland; Aaron Killgore, Live Forest Farms; Lainie Block Wilker, Treehouse Island, Inc.; Oliver Alexander, Orchid Health; Amy Doering Smith, Safi Water Works; Ila Asplund, Half Sky Journeys.

Also at the event, more than 25 featured speakers will cover cutting-edge topics including impact investing, social change careers for those over 60, and community-based innovations. A storytelling session will feature innovators sharing their own candid tales of resilience and challenges overcome.

Event tickets, on sale now, are $75 if purchased before May 20th, $100 afterwards, and $125 at the door. Students currently enrolled at a school or university can register at any time for the discounted rate of $25. Visit for more information and registration.