While everyone has different things they love about Portland, a common complaint is the prevalence of silos here in town. Where insular groups tend to remain in contact with one another—but don’t do a very good job of connecting with other groups. Now, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is doing something to fix that.
The OEN Entrepreneurial Summit gathers a variety of different entrepreneurs—across industries like tech, biotech, food, design, retail, electric vehicles and more—to share stories about their startups in Oregon.
OEN’s Entrepreneurial Summit is your opportunity to discover and learn about the incredible collection of entrepreneurs, across all industries that are making things happen in Oregon. These entrepreneurs all have a passion and belief in what they have built, but their journeys will both inspire and spark ideas within you.
As many of these entrepreneurs will attest, they couldn’t have done it on their own. To that end, after the talks have completed, OEN is hosting an “Entrepreneurs Journey” tradeshow. The tradeshow will include the organizations, accelerators, universities and government resources that provide the support, mentorship and potential funding for entrepreneurs.
And it’s quite a diverse group of speakers:
- Ken Barker from Crailar
- D’Wayne Edwards from Pensole
- Mat Ellis from Cloudability
- Brian Faherty from Schoolhouse Electric
- David Farrell from Gamma Therapeutics
- Mark Frohnmayer from Arcimoto
- Klaus Frueh from Tomegavax
- Scott Hamlin from Looptworks
- Ryan Kirkpatrick from Shwood
- Anna Martens from FreeRange PDX
- Gina Morris from Radish Underground
- Peter Platt from Andina Restaurant
- Lisa Sedlar from Green Zebra Grocery
- Mike Thelin from Feast Portland / Bolted Services
- Eric Winquist from Jama Software
Sounds interesting right? Well, there are still a few tickets left.
The event runs from 8AM to 4:30PM Friday, June 7. It will be hosted at Mercy Corps (who also happens to be hosting another awesome tech event over the weekend, Tech4Change). Tickets may be purchased for $75.
Not able to make it to the speaking portion? Well, there’s still an opportunity to participate. Entrepreneur support organizations from around the state will be gathering in the afternoon for the Entrepreneurs Journey Tradeshow: Startups Begin Here. NOTE: This portion of the show is free and open to the public.
And you’ll get access to a ton of organizations—25 to be exact—starting at 2:30PM Friday, June 7.
- Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN)
- Food Innovation Center
- Keiretsu Forum Northwest Angel Investment Group
- Mercy Corps NW
- Mentoring/Inventing/Prospering/Opportunites (MIPO)
- Oregon Angel Fund (OAF)
- Oregon BEST
- Oregon Bioscience Association (OBA)
- Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)
- Oregon State University
- Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC)
- Portland Development Commission (PDC)
- Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE)
- Portland TenX
- Portland Seed Fund (PSF)
- Portland State Business Accelerator (PSBA)
- Portland State University
- Startup Weekend Portland
- Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)
- Umpqua Business Center
- University of Portland
- Upstart Labs
Even though this portion of the show is free, OEN kindly asks that you register for Entrepreneurs Journey Tradeshow so that they have an idea of how many attendees to expect.
For more information or to register, visit the OEN Enterpreneurial Summit.