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With Angela Jackson, Nat Parker, and Lori Heino Royer

Angela Jackson

Angela Jackson is co-founder and managing director of the Portland Seed Fund, a top-performing private/public seed fund with 3 funds/$23 Million under management. The Fund has invested in  ~100 high growth, capital-efficient companies in sectors including technology, energy, health and consumer products, primarily in the Northwest. Since 2011, the portfolio has realized numerous accretive exits while achieving stellar metrics for place-based investing/economic impact and backing diverse teams. Ms. Jacksonis is also the Executive Director of Entrepreneurial and Industry Engagement at the Portland State University President's Office.


Earlier in her career, Ms. Jackson was a founding investor in Oregon Angel Fund and advised/invested in companies in multiple sectors, leading to several of the largest liquidity events in the region. She was a president of the Portland chapter of Keiretsu Forum, a Principal at Emergent Fund, and served as Chair of Angel Oregon, a premier angel investment competition. She was named 2018 Tech Champion of the Year by Technology Association of Oregon, and a Woman of Influence in 2015 by Portland Business Journal, and was a delegate to the US State Department's Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India last year. She serves on the boards of Lumen Learning, the Oregon Film Board and the Angel Capital Association, and is a frequent judge/mentor for entrepreneur pitch competitions locally and globally. Ms. Jackson credits her serial entrepreneur family history with her comfort in the trenches of early stage investment. She holds a B.A. in English and history from Boston University and a M.A. in environmental studies from University of Oregon.

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Nat Parker

Nat Parker is a nationally recognized leader in technology transformation for transportation and smart cities.  


He is a successful entrepreneur and CEO that grew his start-up GlobeSherpa to US market leader in the mobile payment space within 3 years resulting in acquisition by Daimler, AG. He then served as CEO of moovel North America, Daimler’s mobility-as-a-service group for four years. Today he serves as the COO of Traffic Technology Services, a local tech firm that specializes in connected and autonomous vehicle data and safety applications.


Nat serves as a Board Member at Sustainable Northwest and is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Elevate Capital, a local venture capital firm. He is passionate about mobility, renewable energy, sustainability, international development, and startups.

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Lori Heino Royer

Lori Heino-Royer started her career as an accountant, she quickly realized that she was more interested in delivering results than accounting for them. In her nearly 20 years at Daimler Trucks she held executive roles in technology, strategy and innovation. She advises on how shape your future with value-add technology.


Lori is a board member for Portland State University’s Alumni Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Portland State University. Lori holds the following credentials Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Foresight Practitioner (CFP).

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