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Innovate and Advocate: A Portland Startup Week Summit

926 NW 13th Street
Portland, OR 97209, USA (map)



Are you building a business, a brand, or movement? Do you believe in making the world a better place, starting here in Portland? If so, please join us February 6 at Vacasa!

Innovate and Advocate is a full-day summit that brings together community leaders, local business success stories, and startup founders to talk, learn, and act on making the world both a more interesting and a better place. Join us!

You'll hear from 9+ amazing (local!) speakers, including Stephen Green, Beth Duckles, Ciara Pressler, Susan Shephard and may more! Topics covered during Innovate and Advocate will focus on laying a sustainable, ethical foundation for your business, growing your business well, and using tools to engage your customers.

Innovate and Advocate is for you if:

You're thinking about starting a business or startup You've launched your business and are figuring out how to grow You've already reached success but want to "do more" and engage your community You're an investor or advisor to startups

Tickets are free, but there are only 60! If you are an underrepresented person in tech or startups (POC, Trans, LGBTQ, veteran, woman, disabled, or other), please use code "inviteonly" - we have intentionally reserved 30 tickets to ensure that Innovate and Advocate is a diverse environment. We are developing our code of conduct, but are using Stumptown Syndicate as our model.

Agenda for the Day:

9-9:30am: Registration and Networking 9:30-10am: Opening Keynote and Special Guests 10-11:00am: Ciara Pressler, Katrina Scotto di Carlo, Marcelino Alvarez 11-11:20am: Break 11:20-11:30am: Pitch Picking (Organizers will randomly choose 5 companies to pitch on stage!) 11:30-12pm: Keynote 12-1pm: Lunch (provided) 1:15-2:00pm: Pitch @ innovate and Advocate (Hear 5 on-the-spot pitches from entrepreneurs in the audience - it might be you!) 2:00-3:00pm: Beth Duckles, Stephen Green, Susan Shephard 3:00-3:15pm: Break 3:15-4:15pm: Vacasa Leader, Jessica Outlaw, Amelia Abreu 4:15-4:30pm: Break 4:30-5:00pm: Closing Keynote Stick around for a hosted happy hour and panel with Xxelerate Fund and Mara Zepeda, Robin Klemm, Genevieve LeMarchal, Paige Hendrix-Buckner, and others!

Innovate and Advocate is sponsored in part by these fine companies and organizations:


The team at Vacasa has made it our top priority to make the world of vacation rentals a simple, stress-free experience for both owners and guests. Vacasa offers professional rental management for more than 5,100 vacation homes in some of the most desirable vacation destinations in the U.S., as well as Central and South America. From laid-back beach cottages along the Oregon Coast to luxury ski chalets in Vail to tropical getaways in Belize, Vacasa offers just the right retreat for any guest. Vacasa is also committed to giving back to the local communities where we manage vacation homes. Our community efforts range from providing academic scholarships for local students to sponsoring special events, and we're always looking for new ways to support the wonderful people and places that make our success possible.

Portland Development Commission

Created by Portland voters in 1958, the Portland Development Commission has been a driving force in Portland’s reputation for vibrancy and livability. As Portland’s urban renewal and economic development agency, PDC focuses on investing in the job creation, innovation and economic opportunity that will transform Portland into one of the world’s most desirable and equitable cities. The PDC is headed by an executive director, who reports to a five-member board of commissioners, local citizens appointed by the mayor and approved by Portland City Council. The structure allows PDC to exercise independence in program implementation and resource allocation.

Stumptown Syndicate

The mission of Stumptown Syndicate is to create positive social change by supporting resilient, inclusive tech and maker communities. We envision a Pacific Northwest that is home to many vibrant, diverse, accessible and inclusive tech communities of caring, actively engaged people. We aspire to serve these communities by facilitating the sharing of resources, knowledge, and experience. We aspire to build trust and a reputation for excellence among the communities we serve as well as the patrons who support us.

Pregame HQ

Pregame is the space to create your strategy with the support of a winning team. Our content centers on real-world success: how we define it, who’s doing it, and how it’s done. We are dedicated to sharing the principles, information, and resources that empower authentic success. Our members are professionals from all industries and backgrounds, sharing our insight from experience. We explore, evaluate, celebrate, encourage. We focus on the journey rather than the destination. We believe everyone is elevated when we’re maximizing our potential in life, work, and our community. This is where we clarify our why, what, when, who, and how.