The Flywheel Investment Conference is a full-day event that brings entrepreneurs, investors and community members together to cultivate momentum for growing companies across Washington State.
The conference includes educational seminars, speaker panels, investment competition, and resources from professional service providers.
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Brianna currently leads as President the Northwest Region of the Keiretsu Forum angel investment community, the largest and most active venture investor globally, comprising over 50 chapters with over 2,500 active members investing over $75 million annually into over 180 companies.
Brianna has been an active leader and angel investor with Keiretsu Forum since its launch in Seattle in 2005 and supporting its growth to become the largest and most active group globally. She has proven specifically adept at screening companies for angel investment, coaching companies on presentation and investor relations, sales strategy execution, relationship management, and leading due diligence teams. Brianna has established a reputation for achievement in all phases of the Keiretsu process: risk management, market anticipation and response, regional/national business development, organizational development, angel investing, and overall enterprise management.
Geoff Entress is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of PSL. He was formerly a venture partner with Voyager Capital and Madrona Venture Group. Prior to PSL, Geoff was the most active angel investor in the region and has invested in over 200 private Pacific Northwest companies during the last two decades.
He is also a current investor in over eighty private companies in the region and is a board member of Hiya, Meritage Soups, Bonanza, Foodee and LiquidPlanner. Geoff is also a long-time member of the Executive and Screening committees of the Alliance of Angels, the largest angel investor organization in the Pacific Northwest.
Jolene Anderson is a seasoned business strategist working with health care initiatives and life science, education and technology companies.
Ms. Anderson currently works with public and private companies in her role as the principal and founder of JMR Consulting. The most recent assignment includes serving as Advisor for Kineta Bio, a leading translational medicine research company based in Seattle, WA. Since 2014 she has served as President of the Idaho Chapter of Keiretsu Forum, an angel investor forum for bringing together entrepreneurs and investors to fund great companies.
Karen Rutherford is the current Flywheel Fund CoManager, with her husband Dr. Peter Rutherford. She is an active volunteer in many local nonprofits. Serving on the boards of the Community Foundation of NCW, Pinnacle Peak Charter School Board, Mission Ridge Ski, Team and Womens Resource Center. She is retired from the Wenatchee City Council, where she served on the Finance Committee and as the citys representative to the North Central Economic Development District. Engaging children, through hands on learning, has been her passion since retiring. This interest has led to her involvement with the creation of a childrens Makerspace and helping to start a charter school in Wenatchee.
Matt Medlin leads Clark Nubers practice serving angel and venture-backed enterprises in SaaS, blockchain, game studios, AI, machine learning, AR/VR, telecom, consumer products, cryptocurrency, fintech, medtech and health sciences. Clark Nuber is a Seattle-based CPA firm, with a team of over 200 professionals, that helps start-up and emerging-growth companies establish sound business, accounting, taxation and data security practices to enhance their ability to raise funds, attract customers and develop their team. New clients are usually in the pre-seed to C round in funding, and we help them grow toward an exit. Matt is an active angel investor, a partner in the SeaChange Fund and member of the Alliance of Angels. He is on the board of the Technology Alliance, advisory boards of InKlood and Prolaera and a board observer for StepChange Data. Prior to joining Clark Nuber, Matt was a partner with Arthur Andersen and KPMG in Seattle and also spent seven years as a forensic accountant and fraud investigator in Washington DC. He graduated from Eastern Washington University, majoring in Accounting and Management Information Systems.
Raj is a startup adviser at Microsoft. He advises solution ready AI ML IoT data science startups (partners of Microsoft) go-to-market and drive their revenues working with the Microsoft Field and Microsoft Channel partners. Startups in his portfolio market to Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail, Manufacturing, Automotive, Media & Entertainment, and Public Sector (Fed, State and Local Government). Before taking this role, Raj was the COO of Microsoft HealthVault (a healthcare startup from Microsoft). Before joining Microsoft, Raj was a startup guy, and his company was sold to a competitor (Enterprise) as part of their Digital Transformation acquisition. Raj works with global startups, investors, channel partners, and enterprise customers from around the world.
Randy Fenich has been in public accounting since 1981. He provides accounting, auditing, and business consulting services to a wide variety of clients in several industries, including manufacturing and distribution, food processing, agriculture, and construction. Randy also provides systems analysis and review, strategic planning, and management transition services.
Moss Adams is a fully integrated professional services firm dedicated to assisting clients with growing, managing, and protecting prosperity.
Don Black is a business and transactional attorney in the Seattle office of Ogden Murphy Wallace, serving clients across the greater Northwest. His practice focuses on transactions and regulatory issues in the healthcare industry. Dons recent transactional projects include complex joint venture agreements, sales to private equity backed healthcare companies, developing new accountable care networks and healthcare provide affiliation transactions. In addition to his transactional practice, Don serves as general counsel to several large healthcare entities. Don is the Chair and immediate past Managing Member of Ogden Murphy Wallace.
Michael graduated with his PharmD at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri in 2007, and completed his residency at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital (YVMH), where he then worked in the Emergency Department. Michael was originally recruited to Confluence Health to serve as the Director of Pharmacy Services, where he was responsible for overseeing pharmacy services at two hospitals, three infusion centers and multiple ambulatory services. After spending a few years managing the Pharmacy program, Michael quickly fell in love with world of technology and now serves as the EPIC IT Program Director. There, he focuses on managing their 40+ million dollar electronic medical record system. In addition to his many accomplishments, he has completed the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy and received his MBA from New England College. Recently, Michael has taken on the extra challenge of serving the Washington State community by being appointed the youngest member to the Washington Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission.