Jess Porta

Jess Porta is the Chief Impact Officer at Founded Communities. Founded Communities focuses on social impact projects in Raleigh and beyond. She has led projects such as the being instrumental in the Main Street Program in Raleigh which aims to support restauranteurs start and launch their businesses in a low-risk way, creating a Rural Affiliate Program to support rural communities in North Carolina, and building University relations that help bring innovation and collaboration to students and startups.


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January 31, 2020


  1. Joel Oliver

    Hey Jess,
    It was great to meet you at the lunch and learn the other week. I am especially delighted at how well organized and focused your incubator is in supporting new businesses. I am reconnecting per our conversation as you mentioned some avenues to connect and support our growing Raleigh businesses through adding to their business plan, retirement planning, and networking. I certainly believe we can be beneficial in multiple areas. I look forward to hearing from you soon,


  2. Patrick Reilly

    Jess, Very much enjoyed your presentation today a the Raleigh Rotary. I’m sorry I did not get a chance to tell you directly before I had to leave. I was sitting in the chair almost directly in front of you at the closest table. I had actually gotten Chris Gergen to come speak to the club before and explored some collaborative ideas with him and Jason Widen a few years back.

    Anyway, thanks for coming to talk with us and keep up the great work.

    Patrick Reilly
    President-Rehab Development

  3. Lesley McKendrick

    Hey there – trying to get involved with your startup groups. I am from Sprint and we have an IOT Specialist that consults with startups – anything from connectivity to distribution and billing.


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