Mark is a social entrepreneur and angel investor who has started each of his businesses over the last 20 years with cash on hand, no business plan and all have been profitable within 90 days. Founder of eyescream interactive an advertising agency with clients such as P&G, Nextel, Disney, and Outpost.com. The agency was one of the top 20 interactive advertising agencies according to Adweek magazine and annual billings over 7.1 million dollars. Currently focusing on developing social purpose enterprises and helping other social entrepreneurs and startups develop their business models. Current businesses include NedSpace co-working for startups, innovative tech companies, and social entrepreneurs; and Maker Faire Africa a celebration of African ingenuity, innovation, invention and social entrepreneurship. Mark is also a co-founder of Stop Genocide Now, working to end the genocide in Darfur and on the board of directors of Homowo promoting Africa arts in the Pacific Northwest and Made By Survivors fighting slavery and human trafficking around the world.
Erica Oesterreich (pronounced A-Strike) started her first startup, PersonalScrapper.com, in 2001. After initially creating the business to scrapbook for others, she pivoted in 2004 to a new avenue of her business. She compiled scrapbooking kits to ship all over the world. She used a lean startup approach to her business and was cash flow positive within the first 30 days. With successful PR in Oprah magazine, Parenting and the Portland Business Journal she was able to leverage this “free” marketing to launch her business to a new level. With an avid interest in startups, Erica co-founded Return Guru in 2012 and launched a successful PR and mobile application campaign, including a front page article in the Portland Business Journal. She has helped mentor other businesses in her community and loves working with startups. As one of the co-founders of Startup Your Startup, Erica is able to help mentor and fuel other startups to success. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 boys, traveling, gardening, walking, scrapbooking and photography.
Michael began his business career in 1975 with EDS as a data systems analyst in San Francisco. Moving back to Portland, Oregon with his wife in 1979, they opened a graphic design firm which evolved into advertising and public relations agency, still operating today. After fifteen years in advertising, Michael purchased a business in the Portland area and later went to work with a mid-cap business brokerage firm and began his career in mergers and acquisitions. With one of the partners, he began projects in enterprise creation in addition to business brokerage projects then moved on to form PUSH Business Consultants, advising business owners on growing the value of their business and exiting with their wealth. The startup side of his life began as a member/investor of the Portland Venture Group, a 12-year old organization. He also has participated in Angel Oregon, including the investment committee for 2006. In 2008, he began mentoring for the University of Portland’s Center for Entrepreneurship and has continued to be involved in that institutions’ program. Michael was Organizer for Startup Weekend Portland (OR) November, 2010 and October, 2011. In 2011 he Co-Founded Startup Weekly, a blog devoted to inspiring and educating business founders of all industries. He was an organizer for Startup Riot Portland in November, 2012 and continues to help entrepreneurs whenever he has time. He is constantly looking for motivated talent and opportunities.