Eugene hosts a bevy of events for startup types, this week

It’s always a good week to be a startup in Eugene. But this week is especially promising. There are three awesome events—well two awesome ones and a get together, at least—taking place this week in the Silicon Shire. So if you’ve got the time trying making it.

Smart Ups Wild Card Pitch Competition (Thursday, April 24 at 5:00PM)

This is the night when people with startup ideas attempt to pitch their business model in the most compelling way for the chance to take the wild card spot in the Concept Stage Round of the 2014 Willamette Angel Conference.

This is a high-energy, tightly timed event. Pitches last for just over three minutes and presenters must keep up with slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds. Audience members will cast a vote for the best pitch of the night and the winner will present at the Willamette Angel Conference in Eugene on Thursday, May 8th for the chance to take home a cash prize of $4000, sponsored by Palo Alto Software and designPort, plus legal services from Endeavor Law Group.

For more information or to RSVP, visit Smart Ups Wild Card Pitch Competition.

PIE Meetup (Friday, April 25 at 1:30PM)

Applications for PIE—the early stage startup accelerator partnered with Wieden+Kennedy in Portland—close on April 30. The folks from PIE are swinging by Eugene with PIE alum Teak (formerly Carrot) to hang out with startups and founders. And to answer any last minute questions.

Sound interesting? Head to the Barnlight around 1:30. No RSVP required.

Civil War Shark Tank (Friday, April 25 at 4:00PM)

An undergraduate business pitching competition between UO and OSU students. The event will feature keynote speaker Michael Crooke, expert judges, and a networking banquet following the competition.

For more information or to get your tickets, visit Civil War Shark Tank.

(Image courtesy Don Hankins. Used under Creative Commons.)

  1. And don’t forget Startup Weekend in a few weeks!

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