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.


Jason Jones

Director, Entrepreneurship

Jason became a part of the Idea Foundry team in September 2018 as the Director for Entrepreneurship. He joins us with over 15 years experience in Banking, Management, Investment, and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Prior to Idea Foundry, Jason was the Community Development Relationships Manager at Woodforest National Bank. Jason also previously worked at Bridgeway Capital, serving, in part, underserved populations and smaller businesses through the Urban Entrepreneur program.

In addition to this work, Jason is very active in the community in Pittsburgh, serving on several boards as well as volunteering in organizations such as Operation Hope, which pairs youth with professionals to help mentor them in financial education. Jason was named as one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 in 2017 and holds a M.S. in Strategic Leadership and B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University.

In his role at Idea Foundry, Jason brings his expertise to enhance Idea Foundry’s Impact Innovations programs, oversee the development of new sources of funding for underserved entrepreneurs, and to contribute to the general development of partnerships and community outreach for Idea Foundry’s programs.


Josh Hanson

Operations Manager

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, graduated with honors from Pitt in December 2014, and then joined Idea Foundry’s Greater China Initiatives in January 2015 as Program Assistant, later moving up to become Manager.

At the same time, Josh started taking an interest in Idea Foundry’s technology commercialization programs. Josh is now a Program Operations Manager, helping to find new innovators throughout the Pittsburgh region, evaluate their technologies, and guide companies through Idea Foundry’s Accelerator.


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.


Lindsey Matesic

Global Engagement and Business Development Manager

Lindsey Matesic joined Idea Foundry as a summer intern in 2017 and joined the team full time in October 2017. Lindsey graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.A. in Global Studies and a minor in Business Administration. Through past internships and volunteer work in local organizations such as GlobalPittsburgh and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Lindsey has gained experience and a strong interest in working with the international community and strengthening global collaboration.

In her role at Idea Foundry, Lindsey facilitates many of Idea Foundry’s global partnerships and actively explores opportunities for continued expansion of these efforts. Lindsey also coordinates partner and community outreach for Idea Foundry’s Equitable Entrepreneurship program and manages general communications for Idea Foundry.  



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. For general inquiries, please submit a resume and cover letter to info@ideafoundry.org.

Equitable Entrepreneurship Program Interns

Idea Foundry is looking for interns for our Equitable Entrepreneurship Program. The EE Program supports minority and immigrant entrepreneurs, two communities that are underserved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, to foster job creation and economic development. The scope of work will cover a variety of areas associated with the needs of developing a start-up or early stage idea. View the full Internship Description below and submit a resume and cover letter to info@ideafoundry.org.

EE Program Intern Description