The Startup PDX: Challenge is designed to do two things. First, it’s set up to help promising Portland startups with office space and professional services. Second, it’s going to showcase the awesome Produce Row neighborhood and all it has to offer.
But who deserves to get the free office space? Well, that’s up to you. You see, you get to vote for the winners of the Startup PDX: Challenge.
The Portland Development Commission has narrowed a field of 240 applicants for the Startup PDX Challenge to 16 semi-finalist companies in Portland’s search for the best new members of our growing entrepreneurial community. Up to six startup businesses will receive a $10,000 working capital grant, a full year of rent-free office space in Portland’s Produce Row, and free professional advice and services.
The Challenge selection committee will consider each semi-finalist’s application, personal interview, and the results of a public vote in determining the winners. The general public is invited to visit the Produce Row website to learn more about each semi-finalist and vote for their favorites. Public voting begins Thursday, May 2 at 8:00 a.m. and runs through midnight Thursday, May 9.
You have six votes to cast. And this cast of characters from which to choose.
- ClutchPlay Games
- Edison Gauss
- OnTheGo Platforms
- Safi Water Tech.
- Seamus Golf
- Shine On Rainwear
- Smart Mocha, Inc.
- Society 43
- Walker Tracker
[Full disclosure: I participated on the selection committee, but I love all of the finalists equally.]