July 29th, 2009

Need a zillion dollars for your startup? ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum might be a good place to start

Need a zillion dollars for your startup? ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum might be a good place to start

Ah, what I wouldn’t do with a zillion dollars. Why I could fund any number of cool startup ideas.

What’s that? What do you mean “zillion” isn’t a real number?

Well, never mind that. A zillion is shooting a bit high anyway, don’t you think? How about we start with something smaller then? Like about $50,000.

Good. Because that’s the prize money you could take home after pitching the ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum.

Join ZINO Society for our fourth annual ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum (ZZIF). Meet and hear 28 companies, representing a variety of business sectors, present to an audience of angel investors, venture capitalists and business leaders. Presenting companies and investors connect throughout the day via a walk-around lunch, exhibition space, pre-event VIP dinner and the culminating Awards and Wine Reception.

All presenting companies will be profiled in the September 4th edition of the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Sound interesting? Good. But you’re going to have to act fast. You see, the applications are due on July 31.

I know, I know. I’m sorry. But I just found out about this myself.

Oh. And there’s also a $150 application fee. And there are a few qualifying rounds to be one of the 28 companies that make it to the big stage. But I mean, c’mon. Your stuff? Super cool. So it’s like spending $150 to get $50,000. Well, plus the gas money to get up to Seattle. But still. Who can argue with that logic?

And, yes, again I know. This just serves to remind us that Portland could really use some more events where we can get our cool startups out in front of investors and media. I know. I hear you.

But there is one opportunity like that in our midst. In fact, it’s tonight. Again with the short notice. But if you’re looking to practice that pitch? Tonight would be a good night to do it. Over at NedSpace Old Town.

Interested? Apply for ZINO Zillionaire competition. Or visit the ZINO Society for more information on the organization.

(Hat tip Ryan Williams)

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One Response to “Need a zillion dollars for your startup? ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum might be a good place to start”

  1. Cathi Hatch says:

    Rick~ thank you for the great blog post! We are still looking for potential presenting entrepreneurs and appreciate having them contact us. They can also contact Director of Entrepreneur Programming and Development, RJ Humphries in my office at (206) 621-0466 or r.humphries@zinosociety.com if they need help with the application process or just need questions answered. All selected entrepreneurs will be featured with photos and descriptions of their companies in the Puget Sound Business Journal in a special newspaper insert. I also hope you will put 9/17 on your calendar and come join us to see the presentations. It is a high-energy, packed day with a keynote speaker, networking, the presentations, and an awards ceremony at the end. Please let me know if you can join us.

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