Life, liberty, and the pursuit of startups: Founders pitch to win 1776 Challenge Cup Local: Portland… and you're invited

You know me. I’m always looking for opportunities to showcase what’s happening in Portland and Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. To shine a spotlight on our founders. To put our startups on a bigger stage. So when the folks at 1776 called me up and asked if Portland would be interested in hosting a local leg of the 1776 Challenge Cup, an annual global competition for startups that have significant impact on more civic-minded issues, I jumped at the chance.

And I’m not the only one. We had nearly 50 companies apply to take part in this pitch competition. Our selection panel managed to get the list to around 20 amazing companies. And now those companies are going to take the stage with the hopes of being in the top three—a result that guarantees them a trip to San Francisco for the regional leg of the competition. All in the hopes of making it to the global finals in Washington, DC.

The startups are selected. The venue is set. The judges are ready. Now, all we need is an audience. And that’s where you come in.

Please join your hosts PIE and the Portland Development Commission on Thursday, December 10, 2015, at the OMSI Empirical Theater at 6:00PM to hear these awesome local companies pitch their concepts in rapid fire fashion. Two minutes. No slides. And the tickets are free.

It’s going to be a great evening. And an opportunity to see some interesting companies. Many of which you may have never seen before.

For more information or to RSVP, please visit 1776 Challenge Cup Local: Portland.