2022 Winterim

Winterim is a five day entrepreneurship immersion event that culminates in a pitch competition. Since Winterim will be conducted in a hybrid style this year, the Bates Center views it as an opportunity to open up part of the programming to alumni, parents, students, faculty/staff, and the professional community.

Over 40 professionals served as speakers, mentors and judges for our 30 students during January 9-14. Here are the events our alumni/parents and the greater community are invited to participate in and/or watch. 

When: Jan 11, 2022 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Liberal Arts and the Future of Work
Our speaker is Michelle Weise who is an expert in higher education and the future of work. She will describe the disconnect between higher education and work/life trends and then describe what liberal arts brings to the table and how liberal arts students can bridge the chasm between college and the future of work.
Register in advance for this Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022 1:00 PM PST webinar:
When: Jan 12, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Ethic to Action: Designing a Purpose Led Organization
Join our speaker James Joaquin, the co-founder of Obvious Ventures where he discusses purpose led organizations, changes you can make in yours, and how a for-profit can achieve significant social and environmental progress.
Register in advance for this Wednesday, Jan 12, 2022 6:00 PM PST webinar:


When: Jan 14, 2022 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Pitch Competition
This is a chance for family, friends and fans to see all the team pitches.
Register in advance for this Friday, January 14 webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NDMmRJYJSamkd0KaFn-vSw


Winterim 2022 Overview/Booklet

Winterim Schedule


Winterim Judges, Mentors and Speakers

At Winterim, our students met an outstanding network of engaging professionals, and our volunteers met the students who will become their next colleague, customer or employee. Below is the list of the volunteers who joined us for Winterim 2020. We are grateful for their time and talent.


Tony Abena* - Operating Advisor at Lightview Capital

John Bates* - Retired Professor, Co-Founder of Bates Capital

Alex Gamboa Grand - Relationship Specialist at OEN

Cliff Johnson - VP of New Homes at Realtor.com

Ricardo Lopez - Oregon Growth Board Director & Investment Strategist at Business Oregon

Suzanne Stevens - Editor of the Portland Business Journal

Rommel Vega - Founder of HOLO Footwear

Linda Weston - Principal of Rapporto

Jessica Zutz Hilbert - Co-Founder, General Counsel, and Marketing at Red Duck Foods

Mohan Nair - CEO at Emerge Inc. 



J Cheema - Allergan Aesthetics, Marketing & Strategy Expert

Jim Chi - Founding Member of Oregon Sports Angels and Principal at Cascade Management Consulting

Sara Conte - Director of Strategy and Transformation at VMware

Meredith Goddard - Director of Enterprise Applications; L&C Innovation Instructor

Carl Guess - Executive Presentation Coach at Elevator Speech

Brent Hutchings* - CEO of North River Boats

James Joaquin - Co-founder & Managing Director at Obvious Ventures

Michael Pan - Founder of Pan’s

Matt Rhoades - Master & Professor of the Strategic Design and Innovation program at the DeTao School of Design

Michelle Weise - Author of Long Life Learning, Future of Education & Workforce Strategist



Kanika Agrawal - Senior Strategy Operations at Lyft

Matt Bolte - Managing Partner, Chief Product Officer at ThenWhat

Jim Chi - Founding Member of Oregon Sports Angels and Principal at Cascade Management Consulting

Sara Conte - Director of Strategy and Transformation at VMware

Mitch Daugherty - Co-Founder and Director of Built Oregon

Doug Freeman - Startup Communications Services/Consulting, Ideascape Inc.

David Harris - Retired Executive at Harris Oil, banking and insurance

Marcus Harvey - Founder of Portland Gear

Brent Hutchings* - CEO of North River Boats

Fred Jacobs - Chairman of the Board, DMS Bank

Shashi Jain - Tech Innovation Lead at Intel Corporation

Hongda Jiang - Segment Finance Lead at Intel Corporation

Bob Julier - Retired Director of Business Research, The Dow Chemical Company

Jim Kean - Health Care Entrepreneur

Jake Kindrachuk - Partner at Village Family Capital

Charlie Lambropoulos - Co-Founder of Scrum Launch

Ben McKinley - Founder/CEO Cascade Web Development

Travis Merril - EVP at Resideo Technologies

Skip Newberry - President and CEO of Technology Association of Oregon

Scott Owen - Founding Partner at Baker Brothers Studios

John Paik - SVP of Global Marketing at MiiR

Tawny Schlieski - President of Oregon Story Board, Founder of Shovels and Whiskey

Bill Stevens - Professor, Angel Investor and LLC Manager

Cara Turano - Chief Operating Officer at Technology Association of Oregon

Rick Turoczy - Founder, Silicon Florist, PIE, Tech Fest NW, Oregon Story Board

Paul Vogel - Executive Director, Columbia Economic Team

Nicole Vollebregt - Founder and Co-CEO at We Are On Purpose

Robin Wang - Consulting CFO at CFO Selections

Alex Carney - Interim Executive Director at Consejo Hispano 

Marie Baldridge - CEO/Founder at MK Diversity Group