2023 Winterim

Winterim is a five day entrepreneurship immersion event that culminates in a pitch competition. We are back to being fully in person but will still offer the opportunity to alumni, parents, students, faculty/staff, and the professional community to attend some of our sessions.

Over 60 professionals served as speakers, mentors and judges for our 27 students during January 8-13. Here are the events our alumni/parents and the greater community are invited to participate in and/or watch.


When: January 10, 2023 at 11am (PST)
Topic: “How to Translate Your Liberal Arts Education Into the Real World”
Former Commodities Trader turned reporter Nigel Jaquiss will share his thoughts on how to have the courage and skillset to tell the truth.

Registration no longer available.

When: January 10, 2023 at 6pm (PST)
Topic: “Ownership as the Next Revolution: Independence Into Perpetuity”
Our speaker Elizabeth Darrow was the CEO of Organically Grown Company, while there she helped develop and implement the perpetual trust model later adopted by Patagonia and others.

Registration no longer available.

When: Jan 15, 2023 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.
Registration no longer available


Winterim 2023 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 2023. We are grateful for their time and talent.



Juan Barraza  - Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at VertueLab

Christopher Bates -  Managing Director and Chief CIO of Brampton Gillow Advisors LLC

Stephen Green  - Entrepreneur, Author, Recovering Banker & VC

Mohan Nair   - CEO Emerge USA, Author, Edmund Hillary Fellow (New Zealand)

Brandon Ross - Senior Associate Analyst at Elevate Capital Fund

Suzanne Stevens -  Editor of the Portland Business Journal

Jessica Zutz Hilbert -  Senior Practice Management Specialist, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP



Jason Bolt -  Founder & CEO at REVANT OPTICS

J Cheema -  Marketing & Strategy Expert, Allergan Aesthetics

Elizabeth Darrow - Operations, Freeland Spirits

Mitch Daugherty  - Director, Built Oregon

Carl Guess -  Executive Presentation Coach at Elevator Speech

Brian Gurski - Sr. Vice President/Strategy & Innovation, TrueFund Financial Services

Catherine Healy - Owner & Creative Director, Flint Design Company

Lisa Hearlinger -  Founder, Ruby Jewels

Brent Hutchings* - CEO of North River Boats

J Pinky Jansen -  Marketing Strategist

Nigel Jaquiss -  Former Commodities Trader turned reporter

Nelson Pizarro   - Adjunct Professor, Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Lewis & Clark College

Hogan Johnson - Business Development Director, Flint Design Company

Jake Kindrachuk - Partner, Village Family Capital

Heather Kirshman - CIO, Point Forward Wealth Advisors, Founder/Managing Partner at Pod

Ben McKinley - CEO/Founder, Cascade Web Development

Greg Netzer - Founding Partner, Intro Brand Marketing

Katharine Reinhold - Director Of Innovation, Adidas, Founder/Managing Partner at Pod

Rick Turoczy - Cofounder & General Manager at Pie, Cofounder, Built Oregon

Alex Wills - Global Finance Manager, Jordan Brand, Nike



Kanika Agrawal -  General Manager, Lyft Bikes & Scooters

Matt Bolte -  Managing Partner, Chief Product Officer at ThenWhat

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

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

Eric Garman - Trade Development Manager

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

Shashi Jain -  Innovation Artist for AI

Hongda Jiang -  Segment Finance Lead at Intel Corporation

Jon Maroney -  General Partner, Oregon Venture Fund

Skip Newberry -  President and CEO of Technology Association of Oregon

John Paik -  SVP of Global Marketing at MiiR

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

Paul Vogel -  Executive Director, Columbia Economic Team

Christine Walter -  Owner of Bauman’s Cider

Robin Wang -  Consulting CFO at CFO Selections


Ask Me Anything (AMA) - Winterim 2023

Alex Gamboa Grand - Relationship Specialist, OEN, Co-Founder Way of Being

Cara Turano - President & Executive Director, OEN

Carl Guess - Executive Presentation Coach, Elevator Speech

Claire Randall - President, Grand Central Bakery

Dan Rasay - Managing Director, Egnaro Labs & President, PBK Management 

Dave Barcos - Director of Business Development, Formos

David Harris - Executive at Harris Oil, banking and insurance

Doug Freeman - Creative Business Communication, Ideascape Inc.

Elaine Hsieh - Director of Community Engagement, TAO

Eric Garman - Trade Development Manager, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Gretchen Miller - Executive Producer, HIVE-FX

Hanako Imber - SVP of Onboarding and Data Operations at Cloudmed

Hongda Jiang - Segment Finance Lead at Intel Corporation

Jessica Mullins - Engineer, Nike

Jim Chi - Founding Member, Oregon Sports Angels

John Stadter - Principal, NLVP

Jon Maroney - General Partner, Oregon Venture Fund

Lizzy FitzGerald - Entrepreneur In Residence, Daygold

Matt Bolte - Management Consultant, ThenWhat 

Naomi Pomeroy - Chef/Owner, Beast/Expatriate

Noah Koff - Business Coach, Redwood Partners

Paul Vogel - Executive Director, Columbia Economic Team

Roy Notowitz - Founder & CEO at Noto Group

Shashi Jain - Sr. Innovation Manager, Intel 

Shawn Cole - President & Founding Partner, Cowen Partners

Suzanne Stevens - Editor, Portland Business Journal