Klamath IDEA (Inspire Development, Energize Acceleration) will host its final IDEA Talk of the season on Wednesday, June 19, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Sugarman’s Corner.
This month’s IDEA Talk will feature Allen Alley, managing member of The Alley Group and president of Obsidian Opportunity Funds.
Alley founded Pixelworks, a semiconductor company in Tualatin, Ore., that provides circuits for flat-screen TVs. He led the company from startup to IPO in three years, eventually growing it into a global brand with approximately 500 employees at offices in Portland, San Jose, Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai. He was also part of the executive team who led the growth of InFocus Systems, Inc. in Wilsonville, Ore., from a startup company to a $250 million global enterprise.
“We’re really excited to have an entrepreneur with such an amazing depth of experience like Allen finish out our IDEA Talks season. This season’s Talks have all been top-notch, and Allen’s presentation will be a perfect capstone to a great year,” said Klamath IDEA Director Kat Rutledge.
This month’s IDEA Talk will also showcase two local student entrepreneurs who won the Klamath IDEA Entrepreneur In Action Award at Klamath Community College’s Badger Venture and Oregon Tech’s Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge student innovation and entrepreneurship competitions.
The Entrepreneur in Action Award goes to a team or entrepreneur who is already actively implementing its business concept in the Klamath Basin.
This year’s award winners are Wyatt Paul, founder of PourHorse Mobile Cantina and Libations, from Klamath Community College, and Tim Hasty, founder of Klamath Tangent, from Oregon Tech.
Paul drafted PourHorse, a mobile bar service, in Klamath Falls after his experience working with a Colorado catering company serving guests at parties and weddings.
Paul is currently pursuing an Associate of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in sales and marketing at Klamath Community College.
Hasty is an Oregon native, currently pursuing an engineering degree at Oregon Tech.
Hasty founded Klamath Tangent to locally manufacture high-quality, midsize bags and packs that have the ability to keep up with his adventurous lifestyle.
“Running a business while going to college is not an easy accomplishment. We’re so proud of these two Entrepreneur in Action Award Winners. They are doing it, right here in Klamath,” said Ben Blanchard, of Klamath IDEA.