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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Storytelling. It can often make or break a company. And that’s why it’s an important skillset for any entrepreneur. PSU understands this. That’s why they recently held their inaugural Entrepreneurship Storytelling Challenge, to inspire young entrepreneurs to tell the stories of the ideas they’re passionate about.
It’s always nice to see new organizations starting up to assist founders. Especially when they’re focused on helping younger mentors with the support they need. Like the Portland State University incubator The Cube. Which will be hosting its first demo day on Friday, November 6, 2020, at 11:00AM Pacific.
Sometimes, the hardest part about starting something is, well, actually starting. That’s why I’ve always loved the Startup Weekend format of getting something off the ground. Right out of the box, you get a team, mentorship, collaboration, and a swift kick to actually start doing that thing you want to be doing. And the PSU Kickstart Weekend is a shorter version of that same sort of programming and support.
For every seemingly frivolous application of technology, there are an untold multitude of early stage companies seeking to apply technology and entrepreneurship to solving social and environmental problems. And no local event does a better job of shinging a light on those companies than the Elevating Impact Summit. Read More
If there’s one thing I love, it’s early stage startups. The ideas. The optimism. The courage. But sometimes, it’s difficult to garner that courage. Or test that idea. That’s why things like Lab2Market are so great. Read More
For many startups, “changing the world” has very little to do with “getting rich quick.” But those messages are often lost in our unicorn chasing startup existence. That’s why it’s great to see events like the PSU Elevating Impact Summit highlighting those founders who are using their entrepreneurial drive to champion efforts with social impact. Read More
Obviously, I’m a big fan of startups. I mean… yeah. But when it comes to truly awesome startups, I always appreciate the people who are struggling to build a business and change the world for the better. And there’s no better group of folks than PSU’s “impact entrepreneurs.” Read More
There isn’t anything quite like Startup Weekend, a 54 hour entrepreneurial sprint that starts with ideas and ends with fully fleshed-out companies, truly with the potential to become going concerns. And Portland loves it. In fact, Portland Startup Weekend has been one of the most successful programs in the world. Read More
[Editor: It’s always nice to hear other perspectives on what’s happening with startups in town. The Portland State Digital Marketing class was nice enough to share their experience in which students and startups worked together. This guest post from Lisa Peyton captures that experience.]
Portland State University’s Market Square building was abuzz with excitement and hushed whispers during the final class. The Digital Marketing Strategies Certificate students were waiting for their “clients,” ZuluTime and LogicBox Software, to arrive for their final presentations. Read More