Our Entrepreneurs


Chris Palmer & Kristian Pettyjohn

Chris Palmer is the CEO & Managing Partner of PhotoUp. He is a social entrepreneur with a professional background in impact-focused startups, human resource management, and international nonprofit development. Chris holds a BA from Calvin College and a specialized MBA from the Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprise Program at Colorado State University. He is passionate about building talented teams, investing in young leaders, and creating beautiful businesses that can change the world. Along with his wife and daughter, Chris calls the beautiful city of Grand Rapids home.

Kristian is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of PhotoUp. Starting the company in the Philippines in 2012, Kristian now leads product development and technology at PhotoUp. He holds a double BA in Corporate Finance and Marketing with a successful and diverse background in real estate, web development and photography. Kristian brings a passion to build scalable business systems, develop associates into community leaders and design products that both surprise and delight photographers.

From Chris Palmer & Kristian Pettyjohn and PhotoUp

2016 Business Accelerator Finale

PhotoUp is reinventing the way professional photographers scale their businesses. Utilizing a web-based platform, PhotoUp offers specialized business management solutions and socially responsible editing services to clients around the world. Since 2012, PhotoUp has partnered with photographers to connect them with creative talent in the Philippines through an innovative impact-sourcing model. PhotoUp’s vision is to grow a passionate community of talented photographers and editors, foster leaders in their local communities, and develop the best technology and software to achieve measurable impact in the lives of our stakeholders.