More than 500 people gathered in The Patricia Reser Center for the Performing Arts in Beaverton, Oregon, last night to participate in PitchBlack, the pitch competition conceived and organized by Stephen Green. Attendees were rewarded with a wide variety of pitches from Black founders and business leaders. And when it was all said and done, three companies walked away with capital to support their concepts — but it’s really the entire community that won, last night.Read More
No single event on the West Coast does more to showcase — and support — Black entrepreneurs than PitchBlack. So it only stands to reason that the next version of the pitch competition will take place during Black History Month. What may come as a surprise, however, is where the Portland-born event is taking place, this time around.Read More
I was just doing some research on the ConductorOne $15 million raise when my DMs and email were bombarded with news of another raise. Which also happened to be $15 million. For a Beaverton company. Which I thought was coincidental. If not strange. And then I realized that it was simply a super common mistake. That’s been occurring for the last 15 years or so.Read More
Beaverton-based Facteus announced a $10 million investment by Curql Collective. The funding will be used to fuel growth and innovation, including expansion into additional markets. Plus the deal comes with data to augment an already impressive anonymized aggregated dataset already available through the company.Read More
Remember a couple of days ago when I was hinting at a startup renaissance in Washington County…? Well, today’s news is only furthering the hypothesis. Because Beaverton-based Anitian just raised a $55 million Series B, led by Sageview Capital.Read More
Beaverton startup hub OTBC is changing its leadership team. Steve Morris, who has led the organization as executive director for 16 years, is retiring. Jim McCreight, director of strategic partnerships, will assume the executive director role. Julie Brown will take on the role of director of operations.
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!
I honestly didn’t ever see the opportunity to reference Happy Gilmore on Silicon Florist. But stranger things have happened. Like this 25th Anniversary Happy Gilmore collection from Extra Butter that features customer head covers by Beaverton startup Seamus Golf.Read More
Portland seems to have a knack for rethinking healthcare. Back when I first started in startups around here, it was the concept of Electronic Medical Records. Then came concepts like Zoom Care. Now, Brave Care is rethinking pediatric care. And they’re thinking much bigger than simply Portland.Read More