Our Team

Michael Matesic

President and CEO, Idea Foundry, Inc.

Mike is a seasoned business executive experienced in working with businesses at a variety of stages. Over the last 15 years at Idea Foundry he has invested in and participated in the development of over 200  start-ups, creating jobs in the region.

Previously, Mr. Matesic was Chief Executive Officer for two start-up companies and Chief Financial Officer for MetalSite, Inc., participating in the rapid growth of the company and public registration process. While at MetalSite, Mr. Matesic led the startup of the company’s subsidiary, ScrapSite.

Before that he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Anker Coal Group and its subsidiaries where he was responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology, Tax and Finance functions. During his ten years with Anker Coal, Mr. Matesic led a successful registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission, managed the company’s substantial growth, established and invested in various start-up companies and completed many acquisitions.

A 1987 graduate of Duquesne University with a B.S. in Business Administration, he spent two years on the audit staff of Ernst & Young, LLP in Pittsburgh.


Nicole Muise-Kielkucki

Director, Impact Innovations

Nicole joined Idea Foundry in August 2012 to contribute to the organization’s brand new Social Enterprise sector activities. In early 2013, she stepped into a full time role leading those efforts, including InterSector, Idea Foundry’s original Social Enterprise Accelerator.

Nicole holds a Masters of Food Studies from the School of Sustainability and the Environment at Chatham University, where she was awarded a scholarship from the Institute of Food Technologists, as well as the Katherine M. Grosscup Scholarship from the Garden Club of America. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and Philosophy.

She has also worked and volunteered for several local environmental non-profits in the city, including Tree Pittsburgh and Phipps Conservatory. She is passionate about contributing to the development of resilient and sustainable communities, which includes at the forefront building robust local economies and healthy regional food systems. She currently serves on the board of the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee.


Josh Hanson

Operations Manager

Josh became Manager of the Pittsburgh Office for the Greater China Initiatives in the fall of 2015 and is now working to grow the Greater China Initiatives with his team.  

Initially a student of cello performance at Carnegie Mellon University, Josh decided to shift gears and began intensive study of Mandarin Chinese on his own, eventually majoring in Chinese with a minor in International Relations at the University of Pittsburgh. Josh spent a semester studying in Shanghai, China, then graduated with honors from Pitt in December 2014, and then joined Idea Foundry’s Greater China Initiatives in January 2015 as Program Assistant.


Yiqun Sun

Program Manager, Idea Foundry Global Initiatives: China

Yiqun has rich experience working with students and dealing with cross-cultural related issues. With these experiences, along with her love for the city and her strong identification with the values of FriendlyPittsburgh, FriendlyPA, and Idea Foundry, Yiqun joined the team in February 2015 and works to grow Idea Foundry’s Greater China Initiatives.

Yiqun graduated from the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s Degree concentrating on social administration and community development. She also holds a Social Services Management Certificate from the School of Social Work. Prior to Idea Foundry, Yiqun was a Mentoring Project Assistant at United Way of Allegheny County and an International Leaders Program Intern with GlobalPittsburgh. She also gained experience as a Student Support Specialist at Holy Family International College Preparatory Program.


Halim Abourachid

Investment Analyst

Halim joined the team in 2017 and his responsibilities include evaluating and executing due diligence on prospective investments, drafting deal documents, assisting in research projects, and managing investment and portfolio related databases.

Prior to joining Idea Foundry, Halim was an intern at IsFin – Emerging Markets Advisors, a Belgian consulting firm, where he was involved with business development and real estate investment analysis. In 2014 – while completing his Postgraduate degree – Halim joined the corporate banking division of one of the largest banks in Morocco as a spring Analyst. Prior to that, he was a summer Analyst at the corporate banking division of BNP Paribas in Morocco.

Halim graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Science in Global Finance from Fordham University. He also holds a Master of Finance with a Great Distinction from Antwerp Management School in Belgium, a Postgraduate degree in International Business from the University of Hassan II, and a Bachelor of Economics and Management from Moulay Ismail University in Morocco.



Idea Foundry places interns on a rolling basis throughout the year to support our initiatives in entrepreneurship and global engagement. Idea Foundry has strong ties with local universities and is conveniently located in Oakland — a walk or bus ride away from many universities. If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to info@ideafoundry.org.