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.

Ernie Bootsma is a partner at the law firm, 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). 

Julianne Brands is a Partner at the Oregon Angel Fund, a venture capital firm based in Portland, OR where she spends her time running research & analysis and meeting with entrepreneurs across the state.

Chair, Board of Advisors

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. 

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.

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.