Category: Events

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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Pitch Oregon 2021 startup applications are open until September 30

There’s a common trope around the startup world that things tend to go quiet a week or two after Halloween. But around here, that’s been anything but the case. Now in its sixth year, Pitch Oregon always keeps conversations going into December. But only if your startup applies to pitch.

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Women founders: Deadline for TiE Oregon Women’s Pitch Competition is Friday

I know I’ve been throwing a lot of deadlines at you lately. But tis the season. And here’s another interesting opportunity for women founders to pitch their companies in front of local folks. It’s the TiE Oregon Women’s Pitch Competition. And the deadline for applications is this Friday, August 20, 2021.

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Pending deadlines: OEN Awards nominations and Bend Venture Conference applications are due on Friday

Okay, procrastinator pants. It’s time to get on those applications you’ve been putting off. Look, I get it. We’re all juggling a lot. But you’re running out of time for the OEN Awards nominations and the Bend Venture Conference applications.

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Still virtual: Portland Lunch 2.0 is Wednesday and Founders Live Portland is Thursday

While it appears we’re edging ever closer to another lockdown, I remain hopeful that we continue to build and connect community regardless of what the future might hold. So if you’re interested in connecting with folks in the Portland startup community in a virtual environment, there are two events this week designed to do just that.

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It’s never too early to get students started with startups

Through programs like Invent Oregon, we’ve seen the power and innovation of college age entrepreneurs. But what about folks who start solving problems in high school? Well, that’s why there’s the TIE Young Entrepreneurs Start Your Startup summer camp.

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Another month, another virtual Portland Lunch 2.0

While things are starting to get back to in person, we’re going to take our own sweet time with Portland Lunch 2.0 and stay virtual for the July event.

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Applications for Bend Venture Conference are open

While Oregon isn’t terribly well known for venture capital, it has developed a significant presence in the world of Angel investing. Some of that is thanks to innovative organizations like Oregon Venture Fund. But if it were to come down to one annual event that puts Oregon Angel investing on the map, it would be Bend Venture Conference, one of the largest Angel conferences in the United States — and often a good excuse for Bay Area investors to visit Bend.

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Interested in attending PIE Demo Day 2021? Here’s what you need to know

Next week, Portland startup accelerator PIE will hold its 2021 demo day. This marks the seventh time that PIE has hosted the event and the second time it will be fully virtual. This time around, the event is designed to showcase companies who have participated in its full PIE and PIE Shop programs, as well as its light touch program, Slice of PIE.

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New to Portland? Looking to reconnect with folks? Portland Lunch 2.0 can help

Portland has never been terribly good at networking events. It’s just the way things are. But with the influx of folks who have arrived in town during the pandemic and the community members who are looking to re-engage with the startup community as the pandemic subsides, it seems like we should at least try to provide more opportunities for random collisions to happen. That’s why we’re working to reboot Portland Lunch 2.0.

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