Tag: OEN

Another startup focused nonprofit joins the ranks of those seeking new leadership

Blame it on the “Great Resignation” or whatever you will. We’ve seen a ton of turnover recently in the world of local foundations — which provide critical financial support for Portland’s nonprofit community. But now we’re also seeing similar behavior in the ranks of the nonprofits themselves. And that could cause yet another ripple in what’s already turning out to be a rocky environment for a Portland startup community struggling to recover from the effects of a multiyear pandemic amidst an economic downturn.

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Overwatch raises $11M for airborne imaging systems with built-in artificial intelligence

Overwatch Imaging, an Oregon venture that makes airborne imaging systems for piloted aircraft and drones, has closed on an $11.15 million investment round led by Squadra Ventures and Shield Capital. Other participants in the round include the Portland Seed Fund and two strategic investors, L3Harris and Bridger Aerospace.

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OEN brings back PubTalk, with a slightly different format

The retooled event will be monthly, mostly. The group will take May, September and November off, since those months will have other big OEN events: Angel Oregon bioscience, Angel Oregon Food and the annual awards show. PubTalk will also be off in August when many people take time off.

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Meet Seattle’s newest VC: This former car saleswoman and immigrant entrepreneur is on a mission to shake up the industry

A lot has to do with Hoang-To, who strikes a much different pose than the stereotypical venture capitalist. An immigrant entrepreneur who was born in a refugee camp before her Vietnamese parents settled in Silicon Valley, Hoang-To describes herself as a “super scrappy” founder.

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Working on a bioscience startup? You’ll want to apply for Angel Oregon Life & Bioscience (AOBIO)

Fast on the heels of their work with tech and food startups, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network has now expanded its offerings to include programming — and potential investment — for life science and bioscience startups through Angel Oregon Life & Bioscience (AOBIO), a program developed in partnership with Oregon Bioscience Incubator, OHSU, and Oregon Bioscience Association.

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Community kudos: Amanda Oborne, OEN

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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Pending deadlines: OEN Awards nominations and Bend Venture Conference applications are due on Friday

Okay, procrastinator pants. It’s time to get on those applications you’ve been putting off. Look, I get it. We’re all juggling a lot. But you’re running out of time for the OEN Awards nominations and the Bend Venture Conference applications.

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