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Dan Biggs

Dan Biggs

Steamchain Corp

Dan Biggs is Founder and CEO of Steamchain Corp. Dan spent 40 years as founder of DBP, Inc. which specialized in business development, project management, strategic planning, marketing and consulting on International media and trade issues. He was interim CEO of NTV-7 in Malaysia, where he helped with the roll out to the local and international business community. Dan also co-founded the Iris Financial Group, Roger Hong Foods and has served on the Board of several companies and non-profit organizations. He has a B.S. from the University of Oregon.

Dan is a great supporter of the arts and was previously Chairman of The Board of Directors for Portland Art Museum. He was also a trustee for the Portland Opera, co-founder of the Portland Creative Conference and is currently Chairman of the Board of the George D. Green Art Institute.

Steamchain Corp is a B2B startup based in Portland, Oregon. Steamchain Corp simplifies global B2B payments by reducing currency conversion costs, currency fluctuation risk, and reducing antiquated document processes with their software platform. By eliminating financial institutions from the international business equation, Steamchain Corp only charges a 1.5% fee and is able to save their clients 4.5-9% on conversion costs. They utilize Smart Contracts (WTL) which replace cash conversion throughout the supply chain and are able to reduce contract settlement time by days.

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Katie Pettinger

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Katie Pettinger

Gadusol

Katie Pettinger has a decade of experience with technology commercialization, working with researchers to bring their innovations to market. Her experience has included helping university researchers launch tech spinoffs, technology scouting for an investment organization, several years of experience working in technology transfer and business development at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, and VP of Operations for a faith-based entrepreneurship training nonprofit. She holds an MBA from Oregon State University.

A problem-solver by nature with a passion for changing lives through entrepreneurship and economic development, Katie’s life-long goal is to gain skills and resources to assist underprivileged women build economically sustainable businesses. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, one year old daughter, and two cuddly Dobermans. She loves Oregon summers and especially likes any kind of outdoor adventure, like hiking, biking and camping.

Gadusol Laboratories is a UV protectant engineering and manufacturing company based in Corvallis, Oregon. Their gadusol-based sunscreen additive is entirely natural, safe for humans, and has no negative impact on oceanic ecosystems.

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Robert Alexander

Portrait of Robert Alexander, CEO of AuraLab

Robert Alexander

AuraLab

Robert Alexander holds a Ph.D. in Design Science from the University of Michigan. As a NASA Fellow he pioneered research in the field of data sonification. Before launching AuraLab he was a Chief Innovation Officer at the University of Michigan and he lectured on Sound Design and Psychology at the renowned HK Polytechnic University School of Design. For his work he was featured in Origin Magazine’s list of the top 100 creative leaders.

Robert has traveled the world learning various forms of meditation and breathwork, his creative passion is fueled by his daily practice. He fell in love with music composition at an early age and began using technology to enhance musical expression. He has now constructed software interfaces to collaboratively explore data across a wide range of fields including space-physics, genetics, neuroscience, meteorology, and geopolitics. Breathscape is at the intersection of his passion for science, technology, creativity, and self-discovery.

AuraLab is a B2C and B2B HealthTech startup based in Ypsilanti, Michigan. AuraLab’s Breathscape application is one of the first mobile apps that is capable of accurately measuring and analyzing the breath. Their patent-pending biofeedback algorithms generate music in real-time based on the breath of the user. The application teaches deep slow breathing which has been clinically proven to promote better health and wellbeing.

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Aaron Bylund

Aaron Bylund CEO of Soon

Aaron Bylund

Soon

Aaron has 12 years of experience in marketing, strategy, and software development. He has led teams in global organizations including SMBs, large enterprises, nonprofits, and open source communities.

Aaron is experienced in graphic design, front-end design, branding & messaging, SEO, corporate social media, online reputation, and drove corporate strategy for a publicly-traded company. Aaron has a passion for social good and any technology that advances personal liberty and self-reliance.

Soon is a B2C startup based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Soon application utilizes an automated investing algorithm which makes it simple for users to grow their financial wealth and save towards their goals.

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Maxwell Lewin

Max Lewin of Hygge Power

Maxwell Lewin

Hygge Power

Max is the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Hygge Power Inc. Max is an experienced product designer and Mechanical Engineer with 9 years of manufacturing and product design experience. Max graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering. He started his career as a Product Design Engineer with Smith & Wesson, forming a strong knowledge base around metal and plastic part design and fabrication. Later, he expanded his manufacturing skill set to include metal injection molding while working for ARC Colorado, a plastics and metal injection molding company in Longmont, CO. Max later made the transition to connected hardware where he co-founded Hygge Power and led the product development team to deliver products to pilot customers. He is currently the Chief Product Officer, of Hygge Power Inc. bringing new software and hardware products to market in 2020.

Fueled by a childhood spent outdoors, Max has always had a great appreciation for the natural world. When the opportunity arose to change career paths towards clean energy initiatives, Max didn’t hesitate. As the “first” Hygge employee (now co-founder), Max brought the vision of the Orchestrated Power Outlet (“OPO”) to life through imaginative CAD models, renders, and 3D printed prototypes. As his learning about the energy sector has increased, it’s become clearer than ever that innovation and invention are sorely needed in a world of aging electrical infrastructure and a warming planet.

Hygge Power is a Boulder, Colorado-based startup founded in 2017. Hygge Power aims to optimize energy efficiency with their OPO (Orchestrated Power Outlet) to transform how people use, save, and manage their electricity. Hygge Power’s OPO is simple to integrate, stores energy from renewable sources and keeps users’ electricity protected even during power outages.

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Joni Aoki

Joni Aoki, CEO of Layla Wellness

Joni Aoki

Layla Wellness

Joni Aoki is a CPA with over 10 years of experience in accounting and finance. Previously, she worked for Ernst & Young in Tax and later as the Assistant Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at Sundance Institute. She graduated from the University of Southern California with dual degrees in Accounting and Business Administration: Finance. In Fall 2020, Joni will begin medical school at the University of Utah. Her prior work experience and passion for improving women’s health led her to co-found Layla Wellness.

Joni loves spending time with her husband, two young boys, and bulldog. Her favorite moments are those spent hiking and cooking new recipes with her family. For the past 6 years, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Rape Recovery Center, formerly as the Treasurer and currently as Secretary. Her time on the Board has impressed upon her the power of healing and the importance of advocating for others. Joni is a frequent volunteer at the VA Nursing Home and cherishes the friendships she has made there.

Layla Wellness is a B2C startup based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Layla Wellness offers women who are trying to conceive a simple way to track their fertility. By utilizing their intervaginal monitoring ring and mobile app, women are able to identify when cervical fluid is most favorable for conception and have the advance notice of ovulation without having to track months of the menstrual cycle. The intervaginal ring is automated, disposable, and doesn’t require a prescription or a visit to a healthcare provider to obtain.

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Ryan Wright

Ryan Wright, CEO of ThatDot

Ryan Wright

ThatDot, Inc.

Ryan is CEO and founder of ThatDot, Inc. and has led cutting edge computer science R&D for almost 20 years. Ryan has degrees in Epistemology/Formal Logic, Linguistics, and Rhetoric which has helped him blaze new trails through DARPA funded research. Through his research, he has created the products behind ThatDot, the fourth company he has founded.

Often buried in classical and modern philosophical texts, Ryan is a deep thinker with a practical bent. He’s a musician of more than 25 years and is slowly working toward creating a computer game to teach his two young children about how knowledge works.

ThatDot, Inc. is a B2B based in Portland, Oregon. ThatDot software architecture enables real-time event tracking for analytics and workflow. This enables users to troubleshoot and improve high-volume data streaming issues as well as optimize security, reporting and alerting.

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Robert Strongin

Robert Strongin | Captis Biotechnology

Robert Strongin

Captis Biotechnology

Robert M. Strongin is a Professor of Organic Chemistry at Portland State University and CSO of Elex Biotech, Inc. He obtained his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and began his independent career at Louisiana State University where he was the Philip and Foymae West Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. Upon moving to Portland State University in 2007, he received affiliate appointments at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. He runs a productive research program, has founded two biotech startup companies and is active in STEM education.

Dr. Strongin has worked throughout his career with programs to promote diversity in science. He has also been involved in political advocacy efforts to garner support for science and to inform citizens with evidence-based data about public health. He loves spending time with his family, including his dogs Mickey and Lilly.

Captis Biotechnology, Inc. is based in Portland, Oregon. Captis is a diagnostic company whose goal is to address major challenges in early disease detection. The research conducted by Captis will assist in the treatment of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular and alzheimer’s.

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Keri Anderson

Portrait of Keri Anderson | RIVN

Keri Anderson

RIVN

Keri is CEO and Co-Founder of RIVN and has over 20 years of experience in business. She has managed her own consulting CPA firm and has also worked for Deloitte. Keri achieved the status of becoming the youngest female CFO in academic medicine nationally while at the University of Utah Health where she managed nearly a billion dollar budget.

Keri is an active member of her community. She has coached high school girls volleyball for the past five years and works with local school administrations to organize several fundraisers each year. In addition she is an active member of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and enjoys participating in these events with her daughter. Keri is also an avid reader and belongs to two robust book clubs, however, she hasn’t read the books in a while and expects to be kicked out any day.

RIVN was created to engineer, manufacture, and deploy their innovative data deletion compliance solution to businesses nationwide.

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Leif Elgethun

Portrait of Leif Egelthun

Leif Elgethun

Retrolux

Leif Elgethun, Founder and CEO of Retrolux, is an experienced serial entrepreneur with a passion for sustainability. Leif has started 6 companies in the clean energy industry, bringing 4 to profitability and 1 to exit before starting Retrolux to scale smart energy solutions across the globe. Leif has three technical degrees and a master’s in engineering management and is a licensed professional engineer. Leif is mission driven to serve humanity and believes sustainability is a byproduct of good design and great business.

Leif believes we all have an obligation to serve our communities and he personally gives back through volunteering and philanthropy. Leif serves on the Board for the Treasure Valley YMCA, CleanTech Alliance, and was Founding Chair of the Idaho Clean Energy Industry. Past roles included volunteering with the Idaho Chapter of USGBC and Treasure Valley Land Trust. Leif enjoys spending his free time with family, biking single-track, touring on skis, rafting whitewater, and appreciating live music.

Retrolux is a B2B cloud-based software company based in Boise, Idaho. Retrolux software provides lighting industry specialists with the tools they need to provide their customers with a streamlined transaction from start-to-finish. Smart Buildings are the future and Retrolux is leading the way with their sustainable, productive and healthy solutions designed for use by contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, building owners and property managers through a single, integrated platform.

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Perfect Company

Michael Wallace

PERFECT COMPANY


Mike has been creating and inventing for over 35 years. His inventions include the Power Glove for Mattel, the Power Plug for Tyco, and the Passenger Occupancy Detection System for General Motors. In addition he has authored two video games, Robot Odyssey for The Learning Company and Return to Atlantis for Electronic Arts. Prior to launching Perfect, Mike cofounded Pure Imagination and Ensequence.

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The Wild

Gabe Paez

THE WILD

Gabe Paez is the Founder and CEO of The Wild, a cloud-based, real-time collaboration platform for designers to create and share spatial design in virtual and augmented reality. He lives in Portland, Oregon and has 12 years of experience leading technical teams with an emphasis in experiential product design. Prior to The Wild, he designed and engineered immersive software products for a diverse roster of Fortune 100 companies including Google, Samsung, Nike, AT&T, and Verizon. Gabe graduated with honors from New York University with degrees in Theater and Computer Science.
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Duncan MacDonald-Korth

Duncan MacDonald-Korth

FINSUM

Duncan MacDonald-Korth is the founder and CEO of FINSUM. Through its patent-pending warm lead generation and management tool, AdvisorTarget, FINSUM uses proprietary analytics to help asset managers increase their fund sales in the wealth management space. Originally from Miami, Duncan has been working in the financial and media industries for close to a decade. Prior to FINSUM, Duncan completed his PhD at the University Oxford and worked in equity research at Morgan Stanley and bond trading at Merrill Lynch.

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Robert Toppel

Robert Toppel

e1ectr0n

Robert Toppel co-founded Breeze Test Instruments in 1983 as VP Operations. He then moved with the company when it was acquired by Tektronix in 1986 as Division Engineering Manager, Logic Analyzer Division. Robert joined Axiom Electronics in 1981 as President, an EMS company specializing in defense and aerospace, which he guided through an acquisition, and later led through a management buyout with private equity. Axiom products orbit Mars, fly into space, and operate in the air, underwater, and on the ground worldwide. Robert’s programming and hardware interests birthed e1ectr0n, a robotics company debuting the pr0t0n robot arm for industrial workbench use. He holds a B.A. in Physics from the University of Colorado in Denver.

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Dan Baird

Dan Baird

Dan Baird

WRENCH.AI

Dan Baird, the founder of Wrench.AI, has co-founded numerous startups, advised over 50 crowdfunding platforms, and led innovation for both startups and some of the U.S.’s most well-known household brands. Dan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah, and an MBA from Thunderbird in Global Branding and Global Entrepreneurship.

Dan lives in Salt Lake City, with his wife, Alissa, his son, Sully, and their two dogs, Panda and Fosse. Dan is an advisor for the Child Rescue Association and High Hopes for Pets. In addition to his advisory roles, Dan is a foster care father and a volunteer ESL kindergarten teacher. Dan is passionate about product design, personalization, and product management. Dan has visited 40+ countries and wrestled an anaconda.

Wrench.AI is B2B SaaS company that uses AI Gen 2.0 artificial intelligence tools to personalize marketing campaigns.

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Sean Luangrath

Sean Luangrath

Sean Luangrath

INERGY

Sean Luangrath, the CEO of Inergy, is a seasoned international executive of Fortune 100 companies including HP, Oracle and Apple. Sean has also held management positions at startups like Aerohive Networks and Mellmo. Sean joined Inergy to fulfill the company’s mission of providing the world with affordable, renewable power. Sean received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Finance from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University.

Married with three sons and a dog, Sean spends most of his free time with his family, enjoying the outdoors or exploring the world. Sean is passionate about cleantech, social business, entrepreneurship, Boy Scouts, Southeast Asian business, and the Warriors.

Inergy is an energy integration and storage company that engineers solar powered generators, portable solar panels, and solar accessories for off-grid living.

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David Cutler

David Cutler

WAVE Drowning Detection Systems

Dave Cutler is an award-winning Connecticut-based serial inventor, entrepreneur, designer, and illustrator. His invention, iSwimband®, won best new product at the 2014 Int’l Pool Spa Patio Expo, the year it was first launched. Dave has overseen all areas of company building including product design & development, manufacturing, marketing, design and branding. He has been interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’ This Morning Show, NPR, Philadelphia’s TODAY Show, and others regarding his products.

Dave has been involved in the use of technology to improve aquatic safety. In 2014 Dave received a Community Lifesaver Award from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. Dave’s life passions include his family, good friends, product design and inventing, movies, sailing, and the beach.

WAVE is an aquatic safety startup founded in 2016, and is based in Westport, Connecticut. The WAVE system can be deployed at all indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities including pools, lakes, rivers and beaches, and represents the most advanced solution in aquatic recreational safety.

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Brittany Molkenthin

Brittany Molkenthin

Lactation Innovations Co-Founder and CEO

Brittany is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lactation Innovations. Brittany received her BS Nursing degree from the University of Connecticut. She is a 2020 master’s candidate in the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Regis College.Brittany supports nursing innovation and recently spoke on behalf of Johnson & Johnson at the 2019 National Student Nurses’ Association Convention. Brittany has extensive nursing clinical background, primarily in Pediatric Intensive Care.

Brittany supports nursing innovation and entrepreneurship. She is a fellow of a globally recognized society, SONSIEL, whose mission is to elevate nurses to transform and reform healthcare through innovation. Recognized by Johnson & Johnson, her mission is to inspire young nurses like herself to innovate at the bedside. Brittany has a strong passion for pediatric and maternal-fetal medicine. Brittany resides in southeast CT where she enjoys spending time with her family and vacationing on Cape Cod every summer.

Lactation Innovations develops technologies to encourage optimal breastfeeding experiences for infants and mothers.

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Dash Lavine

Dash Lavine

Concord

Dash Lavine is the co-founder and CEO of Concord, a data privacy and data ownership company that gives brands and people the right tools to provide regulation-ready privacy protection and an equitable exchange of data where privacy is respected. Dash is an accomplished technology executive with almost two decades of experience in the digital marketing, agency, and start-up worlds. Prior to Concord, he started and ran two successful consulting agencies and also had a long and accomplished career at Webtrends, where he was most recently the North American Director of Sales & Customer Success. He holds an MBA from Portland State University, with a specialization in the Management of Innovation and Technology, and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Oregon.

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David Sheridan

David Sheridan

ProMedix

David Sheridan MD MCR is co-founder and CEO of ProMedix Inc. Dr. Sheridan is on faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University where he cares from patients ranging from common medical conditions such as viral illness and infections to critical care of pediatric trauma and cardiac arrest. His direct patient care in the pediatric emergency department has resulted in identification of the need for technology to rapidly assist in sepsis (overwhelming infection) and dehydration assessment in both the ER and home environment. Dr. Sheridan graduated from medical school, completed his residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine in addition to obtaining his master’s degree in Clinical Research. This background and expertise has allowed ProMedix to rapidly iterate through prototype design and clinical testing to develop medical technology with measurable impact on patient care and outcomes.

Dr. Sheridan was born and raised in the Pacific NW. His first priority is his family including wife Stacey and 3 daughters (Brooke, Katelyn and Kendall). He dedicates time outside of work to many of their sports teams coaching soccer and basketball each year. Personally he enjoys fly fishing, running and home/landscaping projects. He is an avid Seattle Seahawks fans and hoping for a 2020 Superbowl run!

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Elise Strobach

Elise Strobach

AeroShield

From renewable energy to building efficiency, Elise has always been motivated by the economic and environmental impact of removing the real-world adoption barriers of pivotal technologies. This passion led her to found AeroShield Materials Inc. based on her doctoral work in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Her mission as CEO of AeroShield is to provide the next generation of energy-efficient and cost-effective materials for building windows, bringing us one step closer to a low-carbon future.

Outside of AeroShield, Elise enjoys many creative and rewarding outlets. One of her biggest passions is writing and performing music with the band, Veisty. A maker at heart, Elise loves to create artwork and jewelry in wire-working and pyrography. She also enjoys sharing the skills she’s learned throughout her life by mentoring others, with a special focus in technical communication and graphic design.

AeroShield is a glass insulation, advanced materials, B2B startup based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. AeroShield is creating high-clarity silica aerogel with state-of-the-art materials developed at MIT. The material is twice as insulating as air and lighter than a marshmallow.

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Eric Graham

Eric Graham

CrowdComfort

As CEO of CrowdComfort, Eric is revolutionizing employee and customer happiness by leveraging the human sensor network. His platform offers building owners and managers access to aggregated data to improve employee productivity, safety & comfort while optimizing building performance and efficiency.

Eric is a creative spirit having founded a seafood import export company and developed enabling food transport technology. He holds three patents covering ultra-low temperature refrigeration and transportation methods, using recycled CO2 gas as a refrigerant. Eric was the Principal Investigator for the Department of Energy’s Innovation Ecosystem award program which served as the catalyst for CrowdComfort. He is a named inventor on 12 patents related to building, energy, crowd-sourced mobile operations, and geo-location related technologies..

Eric’s primary passion is his family. Together with his wife, Jenny, they have two children, Ella and Luke. Rugby has been a 35-year passion as a player, walk-on professional, and member of Northeastern University’s Maddog Rugby Hall of Fame. Eric is driven towards ocean excursions and the preservation of all of our planet’s animals, not just the human variety. Eric serves as board chair at the Safina Center (http://safinacenter.org/about/board/).

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Jason Moore

Jason Moore

Elite HRV

Jason Moore, founder, and CEO of Elite HRV, is an expert in applying health and fitness data to the real world. Jason and his team have managed $100M+ engineering projects from start-up to IPO. Jason received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Operations Management from Texas A&M University.

Jason believes in work-life balance and enjoys spending time with his family as well as a good read. Passionate about food, sports, decision theory, psychology, and the interactions between humans and technology, Jason brings an intensity to everything he does as he seeks to embrace the present moment.

Elite HRV is a B2C tech startup based in Asheville, North Carolina. Elite HRV specializes in helping individuals monitor health by utilizing their comprehensive heart rate variability application.

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Siva Ragavan

Siva Ragavan

Clove Inc.

Siva Ragavan is a technology veteran with more than 15 years of experience leading high-output technology teams at several successful startups as well as at household names like Microsoft, Amazon, and Salesforce. He specializes in building and delivering internet-scale distributed systems.

Siva strongly believes that the power of technology should be accessible to every individual. He spends most of his awake time simplifying complex technologies for people who don’t have the necessary tools or skills.

Clove Inc. is a foundational blockchain company based in Boston, Massachusetts. They are developing a crypto-sharing platform that helps early adopters of blockchain technology bring people who don’t have the necessary tools or skills into the blockchain ecosystem with just a single scan. Their mission is to put the power of blockchain in the hands of every individual.

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Spenser Madsen

Spenser Madsen

AccuBreath

Spencer Madsen is the co-founder and CEO of AccuBreath. Spencer earned his Masters in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in commercialization, and his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. Spencer has over 11 years experience in engineering and product development and is the primary inventor on one US Utility patent with multiple patent applications pending.

Spencer puts a special priority on his favorite pastime, spending time with his wife and three young boys. He enjoys being active with them, whether it be hiking, exercising, or teaching his boys a new sport.

AccuBreath provides unprecedented airway support and ICU grade monitoring to eliminate delays and complications caused by apnea due to sedation in surgical procedures.

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Ted Hobbs

Ted Hobbs

QuantiPort

Ted has been a veterinarian at the Oregon National Primate Research Center for over 20 years. In 2008, he was promoted to Head of Surgery where he supports the surgical components of various research projects. He founded QuantiPort in 2017 to develop a novel method for measuring blood volume. Ted has a strong interest in biomedical ethics in the research and his interest in measuring blood volume was inspired by his concern for animal welfare.

Ted spends most of his free time with his two sons. He is an avid trail runner and enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, beaches, cooking, single malt scotch, and Buddhist philosophy.

QuantiPort is a medical technology that provided delivery of rapid objective blood volume measurement for critical point of care applications.

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Yousof Naderi

Yousof Naderi

DeepCharge

Yousof Naderi is the CEO and Co-founder of DeepCharge.ai. Yousof considers himself an entrepreneur of technology and an innovation leader who is tirelessly driven towards his passions. He applies his experience and expertise to next-generation wireless charging solutions, embedded systems, machine learning, and software-defined networks.

On a daily basis, Yousof loves to explore and test new hardware/software innovations and is a technology geek. He also finds great joy in experiencing nature and the discovery of new insights.

DeepCharge.ai is a wireless charging company based in Boston, Massachusetts. They have devised technology powered by artificial intelligence that consumes little energy and can sense a large variety of different kinds of electronic devices and intelligently drive enough power to charge them no matter where they are placed on the surface, or contactless in the air.

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Burke Powers

Portrait of Burke Powers | Reveal Why

Burke Powers

Reveal Why

Burke Powers, is the Founder and Managing Director of Reveal Why. He has 20 years of experience helping companies achieve both short-term sales and long-term branding and reputation. Burke focuses on operationalizing a holistic customer experience and branding program while driving digital transformation. This way everyone is able to understand and adapt to an ever changing market. Burke has led change and impacted many companies, including, JetBlue Airways, IBM, PayPal, Nationwide Insurance, Macy’s, JP Morgan-Chase, DirectTV, Microsoft, Nike, and Walmart.

Burke loves to spend time with his family and is an advocate for spreading awareness and understanding autism. His beliefs include: being generous with talents and skills to help others, money is easy and impact is hard, and that people are more important than things.

Reveal Why is a B2B tech startup company based in Orem, Utah. Reveal Why provides solutions by utilizing AI technology to convert unstructured customer data into actionable steps for businesses. This helps companies improve their brand, reputation, and overall customer experience.

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Mark Lehmkuhle

Mark Lehmkuhle

Epitel

Mark Lehmkuhle is the CEO/CTO of Epitel. He originally joined Epitel to develop the Epoch system – a much needed EEG solution for pre-clinical epilepsy research. It was then he realized there was a huge need for people living with epilepsy as well and brought Epilog to life as Epitel CEO. Mark has 23+ years of experience in biomedical engineering with a focus on the nervous system.

During his free time, Mark is a part-time ultramarathoner and defender of the west against the west. He built his own whitewater dory, the Wasatch, and rowed it down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. The dory sits next to Epilog, atop his list of finding or building a solution to pretty much every problem he stumbles across.

Epitel is a digital health startup based in Salt Lake City, Utah. They specialize in medical-grade seizure monitoring with their non-invasive wearable EEG technology.

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Rita MacDonald-Korth

Rita MacDonald-Korth

Presenteur

Rita, a citizen of the world, hailing from  Hungary, and the originator and co-founder of Presenteur, previously founded a luxury eCommerce site in the UK where she advised over 45 boutique luxury brands on sales and marketing strategy. This experience led her to start up Presenteur, where she continued to consult with 35+ new luxury SMEs on pricing and collections, as well as providing insight to top-tier luxury retailer partners about what new products and collections to add to different locations. Rita received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon.

Rita lives everywhere in the world but she spends most of her time in Miami, NYC, and Austria. She also has a special place in heart for Portland, Oregon. Rita played basketball for the Hungarian national team and NCAA Division 1 in the US and still loves to compete.

Presenteur is the one-stop-shopping destination to discover international brands. The company is the Luxury Brand Destination for discovering the world in-store and online.

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