Anyone who knows Juan has seen him in action – he’s relentless in his energy to create a more equitable and vibrant startup community. I suspect that Juan spends most of his time thinking how things could be better and connecting awesome dots.
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More and more venture capital funds are embracing the concept of “scouts” to help them with deal flow — and its a win win for folks who are in close contact with startups but aren’t necessarily investing. The funds get access to a wider spectrum of companies. And the scouts get compensated for finding startups that are on thesis for the funds.
Every once in a while, the good folks catch a win. And such is the case this week. Invent Oregon — a program that has inspired college entrepreneurs from around the state and whose annual competition has become a marquee startup event — has garnered a $1,000,000 grant from the Lemelson Foundation.