Portland’s largest chamber of commerce, the Portland Business Alliance, is gathering a panel to speak during a breakfast forum that will focus on perspectives and insights on the Portland startup community for its members.Read More
Portland startup support nonprofit Xcelerate Women is hiring a new executive director
We’ve seen a lot of leadership changes in local nonprofits that interact with the startup community. Business for a Better Portland, OEN, TiE Oregon, and others have all had fairly recent shifts at the top. And now Xcelerate Women is joining the list as they seek new leadership.Read More
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.Read More
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Angel Oregon Life & Bioscience Finale: Get Your Tickets!
Join us for the Angel Oregon Life & Bioscience (AOBIO) Grand Finale & Innovation Showcase, to be held in person on May 26th, 2022, 3-7pm at Amaterra Winery in Portland.Read More
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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.Read More
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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.Read More
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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.Read More
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.Read More
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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Finalists announced for the OEN Entrepreneurship Awards 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.Read More