Turns out, there was another unintentional first. No lunch, or rather late lunch.
I’ll take the blame here for not realizing in advance our hosts had ordered the pizza to arrive after the livepitching, rather than at noon. Unfortunately, several people left hungry, and I know you can’t all take a full two hours away from work for lunch.
Luckily, I think Backspace benefited, so let’s just say we were stimulating the local economy.
Anyway, those who stayed for the livepitching got a unique chance to see elevator-style pitches from entrepreneurs as well as feedback from a seasoned panel of experts including Brock Blake from FundingUniverse, Ashleigh Williams from Willamette Venture Group, Eric Pozzo from Oregon Angel Fund, Todd Bauman from Stoel Rives, and Carolynn Duncan from Portland Ten.
Congrats to all five companies that pitched and to JourneyGym the lucky company selected by the panel to receive the prize pack of startup professional services from Stoel Rives, FundingUniverse, and Portland Ten. Carolynn has more details over at Portland Ten.
Since I spent the better part of an hour manning the door to let people into the building, I don’t have much to recap, and I didn’t get a full list of the five companies who pitched. I’ll update once I get that list.
By the time the food arrived and the pitching ended, people started the usual networking part of Lunch 2.0, and even though I couldn’t stick around to enjoy it, I think a fun time was had by all.
One last programming note, Portland Lunch 2.0 is running short of future hosts. Maybe Lunch 2.0 has run its course here in Portland, maybe I’m a lazy organizer, maybe it’s the economy or Drew’s Cancer. All of the above?
Don’t forget this Lunch 2.0, coming soon:
Big thanks to all the past hosts.
(Image courtesy Carolynn Duncan. Used with permission.)