Portland startup MilkRun featured in Forbes

It’s always nice to see Portland startups getting the attention they deserve. Especially when those startups are working on solutions for signifiant problems. Like Portland startup MilkRun, a company that is rethinking the way food systems work to make them more sustainable, equitable, and healthy. Forbes recently took notice of these efforts.

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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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Speaking of mentors and accelerators, First Round Fast Track applications are open

Looking for some intensive mentorship? Well if traditional accelerator programs don’t fit the bill, you might consider exploring this offering from First Round, one of the premier early stage venture capital funds. It’s called First Round Fast Track. And applications are currently open.

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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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REMINDER: Learn more about what startups need to know about accessibility

When folks are building new things, they have a tendency to build them from their own perspective. And with that, comes the danger of building something that is inaccessible for part — if not all — of the target market they’re looking to serve. That’s why it’s never too early to think about accessibility, so that products are available to and usable by the broadest user base possible.

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Portland’s oldest mentor driven startup accelerator, PIE, extends application deadline

If you’ve ever applied for anything, it’s likely that you’ve experienced the “we’re extending the application deadline” effect. So it should come as little surprise to anyone — especially since they’ve “done it for practically every year” — that PIE is extending its application deadline. But what may be surprising is the reasoning behind the extension, this time around.

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What startups should be on everyone’s radar?

Any number of startups somehow wind up on people’s radars. But which companies should be on people’s radars? Great question from Portland’s Chris Cantino of Supermaker and Color on Twitter today. (And don’t be shy about nominating your own startup.)

Who’s hiring in Portland right now?

I know that the economic times aren’t the best. But there are still companies that are hiring. And I know for certain that there are people looking for work. So I thought I would take a moment to highlight the companies who currently have job openings on the Silicon Florist job board.

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Supermaker announces the first cohort of its new accelerator, the Entrepreneurial Dream Project

A few months ago, Portland’s Supermaker announced the launch of a new mentorship and grant funding accelerator program called the Entrepreneurial Dream Project, where they solicited applicants for the project. And nearly 1800 applicants responded.

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What is the Black tech experience post COVID-19, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor?

For many folks, there’s more than the pandemic of COVID-19 affecting their lives. There are the equally damaging pandemics of systemic racism. And police violence. And exclusionary tactics and unconscious bias of the so-called “meritocracy” of startups and technology companies. So with all of these contributing factors colliding, what does the immediate future look like for Blacks in tech?

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