Category: Events

Need more startup pitches? Invent Oregon Finals 2021 are June 25, 2021

While startup pitch competitions differ slightly from demo days, they still have a lot of the same vibe. Cool concepts, compelling founders, creative solutions. And when it comes to an event like Invent Oregon, there’s one other compelling facet: these Oregon college students will make you question what you were doing at their age — or at your current age, for that matter.

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Two upcoming local — yet virtual — demo days to add to your calendar: Alchemy Code Lab and PIE

Maybe it’s another sign of the world returning to something resembling normalcy. There are not one but two demo days on the calendar in the coming weeks. Alchemy Code Lab Demo Day is on Friday, June 18, 2021, and PIE Demo Day 2021 is on June 28. Both events are completely virtual.

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Looking to connect with the Portland startup community?

For all the difficulties of the pandemic, finding ways to connect with other humans — especially if you’ve recently relocated — has been among the most difficult. What’s more, for folks who are juggling jobs, family, and other areas of responsibility, evening networking events can be all but inaccessible — whether it’s a pandemic or not. That’s why I’ve been actively working to reboot Portland Lunch 2.0, a simple community networking event that occurs during the lunch hour.

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REMINDER: Portland Lunch 2.0 is Tuesday, May 25

Portland was always a little light on the general networking events. And the pandemic only made that more pronounced. Which is why I’m hoping that a little resurgence of Portland Lunch 2.0 — the long running lunchtime networking event for the Portland startup community — can help make connections as we work toward recovery. And the next one is happening tomorrow, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

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TechfestNW 2021 AO Tech selects a Portland startup as the winner of the international startup competition

TechfestNW had a pandemically reduced footprint this year. But that doesn’t mean its impact is any smaller. Especially when it comes to startups having a platform to share what they’re building. And after an arduous pitch competition, the winner of the annual event has been named. It’s a Portland company. Called Rewire Neuro.

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REMINDER: TechfestNW is short, sweet, and virtual once again, this year

Even as we struggle with the effects of the pandemic, some of our tried and true startup events continue to soldier on. In new and different ways. Like TechfestNW. Which is going through its second year as a virtual event. But this time with a pared down format which crams all of the usual goodness into a single day of activities.

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REMINDER: Founders Live Portland reboots, this Thursday

Even the most well attended events need a refresh every once in a while. Something to shake things up. Be it format or hosts or content. And that’s what’s happening with the Portland chapter of Founders Live, which is now under new management.

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Another chance to meet folks in the Portland startup community

Not everyone — even in this all Zoom all of the time world — has the wherewithal to attend happy hours and evening events. Other commitments, family time, just not working… all take precedence. Which is why I’ve always liked Portland Lunch 2.0. Because it’s at a time where a broader group of folks are able to join and meet one another.

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Angel Oregon Tech announces TechfestNW pitch finalists

There’s a new wrinkle to TechfestNW, this year. No. It’s not the fact that they’ve gone virtual. This is the second year for that. It’s that they partnered with Oregon Entrepreneurs Network to bring Angel Oregon investors and educational opportunities to a wide variety of startups. From those participants, they selected ten finalists. And now we know who they are.

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GeekWire Awards 2021: A Portland CEO, a Portland Seed Fund investment, and a close Portland connection

Every year, when the GeekWire Awards are announced, I scour the nominees to see if there are any Portland folks on the list. Some years, there are none. Some years, there are a few. This year, there’s one. And a couple of tight Portland connections. But one thing is for certain: they would all appreciate your vote.

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