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OTBC Westside Startup Challenge 2022 announces selected startups

Out of 49 applicants, five startups have been selected to engage with OTBC as part of its 2022 Westside Startup Challenge. Each of the winners receives a $25,000 investment in addition to the resources provided by OTBC.

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Community kudos: Steve Morris, OTBC

In 2005 Steve Morris assumed the role of Executive Director of Beaverton’s Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC). He assumed it would be a temporary role, but last month, after leading the organization for 16 years, he stepped down to become OTBC’s part-time Entrepreneur In Residence.

Over those 16 years Steve grew OTBC into a statewide highly respected entrepreneurial support organization. He also led OTBC’s investment efforts with the Westside Startup Challenge which after six years has invested over $700,000 in 30 startup’s that have gone on to raise over $60 million in additional funding.

Well done Steve!

— Jim McCreight, Executive Director OTBC

Connect with Steve on LinkedIn.

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OTBC changes leadership

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.

REMINDER: Beaverton Startup Challenge applications are due today

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!

You’re so popular! Beaverton Startup Challenge 2022 is another opportunity to secure funding

I know I’ve been sharing a lot of pitch competitions and the like as of late. But you know you’ve got to put yourself out there to get your startup going. Now there’s another opportunity with the 2022 Beaverton Startup Challenge.

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Want to be an OTBC VIP? Applications for the Virtual Incubation Program are still open

These days, pretty much every incubator and accelerator program are virtual. But folks who have experience running these programs definitely have a leg up on those who have been forced into running virtual programs. Like the well established OTBC Virtual Incubation Program.

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OTBC reveals Beaverton Startup Challenge 2021 companies

For many startups, tracking down early stage funding and mentorship can be critical to their continued growth. So it’s always nice to see organizations like OTBC providing both funding and mentorship for a new crop of Beaverton startups.

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Startup accelerators are even more important than ever

I’m hearing from a lot of founders that can’t make the commitment to be part of a startup accelerator program. Because it seems like another thing on their plate. Another stressor. Another obligation. And I get it. People are dealing with a lot right now. More than a lot. And this fall is only going to get messier. So why take the chance of applying for a startup accelerator?

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If you’ve been procrastinating, here are the local startup accelerator application deadlines you’re in danger of missing

I get it. You’re busy. You’re building your company. And you meant to get those startup accelerator applications done last weekend. But time just got away from you. Well, you better carve out some time this weekend, or you’re going to miss out altogether.

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Eight steps to starting a company from OTBC

Starting a company can be challenging. That’s why the folks at Beaverton’s OTBC have put together their guidance on how to do it, providing a quick primer to help founders focus on the most critical steps in starting a company.

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