Month: September 2021

REMINDER: Beaverton Startup Challenge applications are due today

The close of the third quarter seems to be a popular time to close applications for startup opportunities. Today, September 30, 2021, is the last day to submit your application for the Beaverton Startup Challenge 2022, as well.

The City of Beaverton, the West Side Startup Fund, and OTBC worked together to create the Beaverton Startup Challenge. Each year we select five Startup Challenge companies. We are accepting applications now for the 2022 Challenge!

REMINDER: Pitch Oregon applications are due today

If you’ve been putting off applying to pitch at Pitch Oregon 2021, your procrastination has come to an end. Applications are due today, September 30, 2021.

In its 6th year, Pitch Oregon is TiE Oregon’s marquee event, attracting hundreds of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors each year. New this year, we are welcoming companies from around the Pacific Northwest to apply and applicants will compete for an equitable investment!

Oregon Venture Fund shares criteria driving investment decisions in software companies by stage

For many founders, one of the most difficult parts of fundraising is figuring out who to pitch — and how. And while many funds provide details on their existing portfolio and their thesis, the particulars of how and why they make decisions remains rather opaque. Now, Oregon Venture Fund is making the effort to provide more transparency in that regard.

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Former Portland startup Vizify among “most successful accelerator cohort ever”

While the name Vizify might not be familiar to more recent transplants, it definitely rings a bell for folks who have been in the Portland startup community for a bit. An early investment for the then new Portland Seed Fund, Vizify was one of the first local companies to be selected to participate in a Techstars cohort. And apparently, that selection put them in rare company.

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Bend Venture Conference reveals semi-finalists competing to take the stage

For early stage startups, the path to the stage at the largest early stage pitch competition in the Pacific Northwest — Bend Venture Conference — goes through the September EDCO Central Oregon PubTalk, where each company will present a three minute pitch with the hopes of being one of the finalists selected to take the BVC stage in October.

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A new publication focused on Portland startups

Ask anybody. Portland can always use more folks talking about what’s being built here. And what founders are starting here. And that’s why it’s always great to see other publications focusing time and energy on telling the story of those startups in town. Especially, when they bring real journalists to bear on that storytelling.

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XXcelerate adds Virginia Lemos as Program Manager

The Portland nonprofit organization focused expressly on supporting women entrepreneurs with business education and peer support, XXcelerate, has announced the hiring of a new Programs Manager for the organization.

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Portland produced podcast series explores American Muslim life post-9/11

If you’ve tuned into any media lately, online or otherwise, you’ve been constantly reminded of the 20th anniversary of the series of attacks on 9/11. It’s a sobering reminder that likely triggers memories of where you were and what you did that day and the days following. Even 20 years later, it remains an indelible, horrifying, and tragic experience that has affected every one of us who experienced it — often in very different ways.

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Need someone keeping you accountable? Consider joining a startup founder accountability group

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: being a startup founder is one of the loneliest and most challenging roles most folks will ever experience. Worse yet, no one truly gets what you’re going through. Or the ridiculous emotional rollercoaster you’re on.

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Looking for a tech new job? This handy site scans Twitter for your next gig

Sifting through job sites is a pain. (I mean, except for the Silicon Florist job board which is an absolute joy.) And trying to keep track of who is hiring what tech gig on Twitter can be challenging. That’s why there’s findtechjobs.io.

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