Allen is the CEO of the Alley Group, is widely recognized as one of the leading technology investors in Oregon, and has run for Treasurer and Governor of Oregon.

Chair, Board of Advisors
Ernie Bootsma is a shareholder in Buchalter’s Portland Office (formerly Ater Wynne LLP), where he represents start-ups and growth stage businesses, in the areas of company formation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property (copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and licensing). 

Brent is widely recognized as a leading practitioner in the areas of corporate and securities law, having served as chair of the Business Law Section of the Oregon State Bar. 

Rich is co-founder and CEO of Valliscor - a pharma-focused, chemical manufacturing company specializing in fluoroalkylation.  Rich is also Faculty Lead for Innovation Excellence and Professor of Chemistry at Oregon State University. He was a graduate of the first class of the OSU Advantage Accelerator

Nicholas Fowler owns Orion Ventures, LLC and is CEO of Northwest Medical Isotopes, LLC, a startup assuring a domestic supply of critical medical isotopes.  Mr. Fowler is a high technology industry veteran, serial entrepreneur, and active seed stage venture investor.

Rita is currently the CEO of Onboard Dynamics, an ARPA-E awardee and startup company resulting from technology originally conceived at Oregon State University – Cascades.

Mary Hull is a corporate and securities partner at Stoel Rives LLP and is chair of the firm’s Technology Ventures Group.  Mary represents technology and consumer companies from formation through private financings and mergers and acquisitions. She also represents investors in venture capital financings.

Audrey is executive director of strategic initiatives for the OSU College of Business. Two critical initiatives in her portfolio include founding and leading the OSU Center for the Advancement of Women in Leadership and InnovationX, the OSU Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Layman has over 30 years experience with technology, entrepreneurship, and business strategy. He has 15 years Fortune 500 corporate experience with Accenture in strategy and technology and managing 300 software engineers developing customer care technology at Verizon.

Caroline works for Rogue Venture Partners where her primary responsibilities include deal sourcing and screening, due diligence, community engagement, and helping portfolio companies. Caroline also works with various accelerators locally and on behalf of the U.S. Embassy: Xxcelerate, InventOR, TiE Oregon, Portland State Business Accelerator, OSU Advantage Accelerator, Female Founders Alliance, TiE India Global AIRSWEE, and Five One Labs Iraq.

Melissa is a Regional Development Officer with the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) and a member of the Governor’s Regional Solutions Team. She has degrees from Oregon State University in Environmental Economics and Policy and Marine Resource Management where she focused on fisheries economies and economic impact of tourism and recreation. She is a connector to resources and works directly with businesses of all sizes, all sectors and all stages to assist growth and longevity.

Skip Newberry is President and CEO of the Technology Association of Oregon. A former economic development policy advisor, entrepreneur and lawyer, Skip is passionate about working with tech startup founders and helping them to scale their businesses.   

Kate Porsche serves as the Corvallis/Benton County Economic Development Manager working to help businesses in the area prosper. She is the Past President of the Oregon Economic Development Association, a native Oregonian and die-hard Beaver having completed her bachelor’s and then Master’s degree in Public Policy at OSU.