PSU's Impact program 'Elevates' awards finalists

Impact Entrepreneurs' Cindy Cooper's group will hand out awards in three categories during next month's Elevating Impact summit.

Impact Entrepreneurs' Cindy Cooper's group will hand out awards in three categories during next month's Elevating Impact summit. 

Portland State University has announced finalists for three awards it'll bestow during next month's Elevating Impact Summit.

Hundreds of attendees are expected to hit The Elevating Impact Summit to explore the worlds of impact investing, startups, education and media. Among other offerings, the event features a rapid-fire pitch session at which up-and-coming social entrepreneurs will toss out ideas.

Six business leaders are under consideration for the Impact Entrepreneur Award.

They are Shane Endicott of Our United Villages, Michael “Luni” Libes of Fledge Incubator, Tim O’Brien of Tropical Salvage, Adam Reid of KOREducators Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public High School, Ben West of EcoZoom and Evan Thomas of SWEETSense, Manna Energy and PSU.

Finalists for the Corporate/Nonprofit Impact Intrapreneur Award are Catherine Ellingson of New Avenues for Youth, Mark Holloway of Social Venture Partners Portland, John Haines of Mercy Corps NW, Kazi Huque of Grameen Intel and Meyer Memorial Trust's Doug Stamm.

The younger set vying for the event's Student Impact Award are Ahmed Abidine of PSU, Glenda Alfaro of Mt. Hood Community College, Orion Falvey of the University of Oregon and PSU's Brian Forrester and Simon Ngawhika.

“We established these awards to recognize promising and noted changemakers in our region who are seeking bold ways to make a large and lasting difference,” said Cindy Cooper, co-founder and director of Impact Entrepreneurs.

PSU also announced that Peace First co-founder Eric Dawson will give the event's keynote address.

Impact Entrepreneurs provides educational programs that provide insight into social impact investing and other strategies.

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