Amanda’s efforts and leadership of Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) over the past nine months have created incredible opportunities for Oregon-based startups. Her partnerships with Oregon Venture Fund (OVF), Business Oregon, and many other investor and mentor groups have revitalized the Portland startup scene in what has been a challenging year. She doesn’t do what she does for the money (though maybe she should) or the fame, and it shows. We’re all learning a lot from Amanda this year.
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Cannabis has always been big in Oregon. Now, cannabis tech is showing it has similar potential. Like Bend startup — and definitely unicorn — Dutchie, which just raised $350 million, placing its current valuation in the $3.75 billion range.
For many kids, Reading Rainbow was one of the formative television programs that put them on the path to exploring books. And the host of that show, LeVar Burton, was a big part of making them seem accessible. Now, LeVar has written his own kids book A Kids Book About Imagination for Portland startup A Kids Company About.
For many first time founders, it’s hard to figure out where to start. That’s why it’s great to have programs like TiE XL Boot Camp to help guide them. TiE Oregon is now accepting applications for programs in Clackamas County, Portland, and Washington County.
It wasn’t that long ago that Brave Care was a single clinic in Portland and a scrappy crew of startup types working to reinvent urgent pediatric. Fast forward to today and they’ve got a new infusion of $25 million and a strategic partnership with Pediatrix that promises to take the concept national more efficiently.
Part of my morning “reading the paper” routine involves swinging by Product Hunt — founded by Ryan Hoover who grew up in Eugene — on a daily basis to see if anything interesting jumps out at me. And this morning, something definitely did. Because Portland startup Chainstarters was sitting at the top of the list of products for today.
It’s always nice to see Portland startups getting recognized outside of Portland. Which is why I was really happy to see that Portland startup Carry was recently awarded a $75,000 grant from the American Heart Association as part of their EmPOWERED to Serve™ startup accelerator program. And now, as part of that program, the company is part of a crowd favorite competition where you have the opportunity to support them as well. Best of all? You get to vote once a day until October 21, 2021.
Every year for the past 29 years, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network has worked to recognize the entrepreneurs building amazing companies in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Their 30th year is no different. I mean, except that there’s a 30 years of OEN Awards retrospective.
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!
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!