Category: accelerator

Portland’s Paige Hendrix Buckner named COO of Founder Gym

It’s always nice to see other organizations recognizing the depth of talent we have in our midst here in the Portland startup community. And being part of that community, it’s highly likely that you’ve had the opportunity to encounter Paige Hendrix Buckner. She was a serial Portland startup founder, cofounder of XXcelerate Fund, instrumental with the development of the TiE youth entrepreneur program TYE, cohosted TechfestNW, and — as if that weren’t enough — has been a tireless mentor to any number of founders in town. So seeing the news today that Paige has been named the COO of global startup accelerator program Founder Gym? It just made sense.

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Five Portland area startups graduate with latest Founder Gym cohort

While any number of startup accelerator programs have been struggling to convert to a virtual program during this time, always virtual programs — like Founder Gym — hasn’t missed a beat. Because they’ve always been virtual. Their latest class just graduated. And it included a number of Portland area participants.

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If you’re building a software, hardware, or consumer product startup, PIE would like you to apply. Like right now.

If surviving during this pandemic includes your working on something new — or keeping a new startup alive — then you might consider applying for the PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) startup accelerator. They’re currently accepting applications for Software (SaaS, Web, Mobile), Hardware (Internet of Things, Connected devices, Electronics), and Consumer Product (Food, Beverage, Apparel, Beauty) startups. But you have to act fast. Applications close August 9, 2020.

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Startup accelerators are even more important than ever

I’m hearing from a lot of founders that can’t make the commitment to be part of a startup accelerator program. Because it seems like another thing on their plate. Another stressor. Another obligation. And I get it. People are dealing with a lot right now. More than a lot. And this fall is only going to get messier. So why take the chance of applying for a startup accelerator?

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Does your startup need to work some things out… or maybe a workout? Founder Gym applications are due August 4

While any number of startup accelerators have been forced to go virtual, one in particular has been running a virtual program for its 999 days of existence. It’s Founder Gym. And by way of milestones, its applications are due on day 1000. Which is August 4, 2020.

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Apply to the Beaverton Startup Challenge

As we head into the fall, any number of accelerators and pitch competitions are seeking applicants for their programs. So many, in fact, that it can be hard to keep track. Which is why I’m reminding you to check out the Beaverton Startup Challenge, a program that boasts the “highest rated mentoring in the state of Oregon.”

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A new small batch startup accelerator

If there’s one thing about 2020, it’s made a whole bunch of accelerator programs more accessible for more startups. Because I have yet to hear of one that is holding class in person. So if you’re interested in a really small and focused startup accelerator — like with three companies — you should take a look at Product Club.

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Accelerating entrepreneurship: Supermaker launches $100,000 grant fund and mentorship program

While this pandemic may be slowing startups down, it’s not stopping them. Supermaker recognizes this and they’re doing something to help those startups get back up to speed. By providing mentorship and funding to keep those companies going. Introducing the Entrepreneurial Dream Project.

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REMINDER: XXcelerate Fund XXcelerator applications are due today

If you’re a more than part-time founder who identifies as a woman, has a business that’s more than a year old and is generating at least $25,000 a year, and are registered in Oregon, then you have the opportunity to secure additional mentorship and support through the XXcelerate Fund XXcelerator program. But you have to get your application in today.

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Then there were four: Portland startup Caravel selected for Techstars Seattle

Last week, we heard that three Portland startups had been selected for Techstars programs. This week, we heard that a fourth Portland startup, Caravel, had been picked to participate in a third program, Techstars Seattle.

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