Washington state’s Department of Commerce has awarded four $500,000 grants to public-private organizations building new “innovation” clusters in the state. The funding for the “Innovation Cluster Accelerator” program is provided through $15 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce, as part of the giant CARES economic stimulus act in 2020. The new awards build on funding for five other organizations announced in January and support a variety of industries.Read More
You’re probably getting all prepped to belt out your pitch to the Portland Seed Fund over at Ringlers, but I wanted to let you know that there’s another opportunity to practice your pitch, TiE Oregon is hosting Pitch Club, this Thursday. So whether you nail it tonight or completely flail, you’ll live to pitch again. Read More
You know me. I’m always a huge fan of borrowing ideas from other startup communities. But I’m especially fond of Portland borrowing from Boulder. Because they’ve done an amazing job of embracing the startup scene while retaining their own unique culture. Read More
C’mon. You know it’s true. Your pitch isn’t as good as it could be.
And why is that? No. Nope. No, sorry. The truth is your pitch is weak because you don’t practice it enough. You know it. I know it. And everyone who hears your pitch knows it. Read More
Someday, I’ll run out of Fight Club lines to massacre while promoting Pitch Club. But unfortunately for you, that’s not likely to happen any time soon.
But what is happening soon is another Pitch Club. Like Thursday night soon. And it’s the perfect time to practice pitching your startup ideas—no matter who or what you’re pitching. Read More
That’s right. Every startup’s favorite way to practice their pitch in front of their peers—and to get the feedback they need to hone their stories. Read More
Oh you thought you got a summer break? Maybe a little time off during the Rose Festival? Wrong. If you’re going to pitch, you’re going to pitch. Day in, day out. No breaks. No tap outs.
Your pitch isn’t going to get any better if you don’t practice. And you’re not going to get the kind of critical feedback you need from friends and family. Because, let’s be honest. Your pitch is shaky at best. And it could use some work.
Go ahead, Cornelius. You can cry.
Yes, friends, it’s that time again. Pitch Club is imminent. As in this Thursday.
And yes—before you ask—you have to pitch. But I know you can do it. You’ve got a great idea or product or prototype or whatever. And you need to practice talking about it. Sorry but you do. So steel your resolve, gird your loins, and get your ass to PIE on Thursday. Read More