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Nov 10, 2009
Venture Capital Update
Oregon Zoo, Skyline Banquet Room

A panel of two venture capitalists and two executives from recently funded technology companies will provide an update on the state of venture capital financing and share their experiences relating to Oregon venture capital transactions.

Attendees will gain insight with respect to topics such as:

  • What industries are and are not attracting venture investments?
  • What are the attributes and characteristics of a venture ready business?
  • How has the market changed with respect to valuation, liquidation preferences and other critical terms?
  • How much capital should an emerging company raise?

VC Panelists – Active investors in Oregon: - Gerry Langeler, Managing Director, OVP Venture Partners - Mike Buckley, Managing Director, Intel Capital

Portfolio Company Panelists – Recently funded Oregon technology companies: - Peggy Miller, Chief Operating Officer, PacStar Communications, Inc. - Jim Plymale, Chief Executive Officer, Clinicient, Inc.

Moderator: Eric Rosenfeld, Managing Director, Capybara Ventures

Who Should Attend: Attendees include all individuals who wants to raise capital for an emerging technology company or learn about the state of the venture capital industry.

Mar 3, 2010
Startup Story - Insights from the Zapproved Team
Stoel Rives LLP

Join us on March 3rd, 2010 for a chat with the team from Zapproved , a successful local startup. The panel includes Steve Sharp, Angel Investor & Board Member at Zapproved as well as former CEO & current Chairman TriQuint Semiconductor , Monica Enand, CEO Zapproved & Chris Bright, VP of Marketing at Zapproved.

The group will share "from the trenches" insights in how Zapproved acheived it's success this far, from product development/launch, marketing, to raising capital and how organizations like TiE Oregon helped in their success through Mentoring & Networking

Apr 22, 2010
True Open Mic Portland

Please join us for True Open Mic Portland!

True Ventures will host open office hours for entrepreneurs on Thursday, April 22nd from 3:00pm to 5:00pm PDT at Urban Airship in PIE at the W+K building. Come pitch us your ideas, tell us your stories, ask us for advice, discuss the state of the economy, or just come for a chat. There will be no projectors or executive summaries. Just 7 minutes of you, your idea, and your story.

The address is 1227 NW Davis Street, Portland, Oregon. Look for the big Urban Airship banner in the window, and you will know that you are in the right place.

Dec 2, 2010
Finance Networking Event: Financing Your Company in the Post Melt Down Era
Oregon Zoo, Skyline Banquet Room

We are slowly emerging from the worst financial crisis since the great depression. Providers of business capital, from Wall Street and commercial banks, to venture capital firms and strategic acquirers, are beginning to re-deploy funds that have remained relatively idle for the last 18 months. Are investors looking at their opportunities differently, or is it back to business as usual?

What will you learn? - Are investors investing? - Are lenders lending? - What has changed? - How do I approach a banker, a venture capitalist, a strategic partner? - What should I expect to find? - Who can help me?

Panelists: - Clive Cook, Principal, CCSA, Inc. - As CXO, Clive has raised over $100 million in capital over the past 10 years. Clive has raised funds for early stage ventures as well as growth capital from private equity sources.

  • Mike McConnell, Chief Financial Officer, Digimarc Corporation - Since 1979, Michael has served as a Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and/or treasurer at several private and public companies.

  • Steve Buhaly, Chief Financial Officer, TriQuint Semiconductor - Mr. Buhaly has more than 20 years experience in finance and operations. In 2007 Steve joined TriQuint Semiconductor as Chief Financial Officer.

Moderator: - Norm Duffett, President, Orca Capital Corporation

Event Details: When: Thursday, December 2, 2010 Time: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. (7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and networking, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Program and Q&A) Place: Oregon Zoo, Skyline Banquet Room, Portland, Oregon Cost: $35 TechAmerica member, $55 nonmember technology company, $95 other nonmember To Register: TechAmerica Oregon(503) 624-5715

Thank you Perkins Coie LLP and Moss Adams LLP for sponsoring this event!

Jan 11, 2012
OEN PubTalk™ - Seed Oregon Championship Round

Want to learn what it takes for entrepreneurs to raise capital? OEN’s Seed Oregon PubTalks are for you.

OEN’s Seed Oregon is a unique opportunity for companies from Oregon and Southwest Washington that are seeking capital within the range of $100,000 to $2,000,000. In this competition, CEOs of emerging companies learn the rules of the road for effective fundraising and receive coaching from content experts to help them shine; come show time. This entertaining and educational competition will showcase the winners from the OEN Seed Oregon September, October and November PubTalks.

Pitching Companies:

Comic Rocket


RES Equine

The overall winner of OEN’s Seed Oregon PubTalk will receive exposure at OEN’s Angel Oregon 2012 the premier angel investing event in the Northwest on April 18th.

Member Special: Pre-Register and Save

OEN members can save by pre-registering online. Online registration for this event closes Wednesday, January 11th at 2:00 pm. Please register at the door after that time, no discounts will be applied.

PubTalk Sponsors:

Ater Wynne

Become a 5-Minute Pitch Company

PubTalk is a lively forum where very early-stage entrepreneurs from any industry get a chance to test their company pitch in front of an audience of their peers. Presenters and attendees alike, learn from the challenging questions, which test the presenting entrepreneur’s business model. Companies who would like to apply to present at an upcoming PubTalk can apply here:

Jan 18, 2012
OEN Business Plan Development Seminar - January 2012
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

Need to learn how to develop a solid business plan? This seminar is for you. Join OEN at OTBC to attend the OEN Business Plan Development Seminar. It reviews all components of an effective, compelling business plan. You'll learn from seasoned OEN experts why certain information is important and how your audience will evaluate what you present. Besides learning what is critical to include in an effective business plan, you'll take away valuable handouts and a listing of key resources.

Registration is required, and space is limited to 15 entrepreneurs.

Presenter: Steve Morris Steve Morris is the Executive Director of OTBC and the Managing Director of He is a veteran of three start-ups, and has more than 25 years of management experience in the software, service, and semiconductor test industries at companies such as Hewlett Packard, Integrated Measurement Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, Credence Corporation and Teseda Corporation. He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Reed College and a Masters of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration (now The Tepper School of Business).

Apr 18, 2012
OEN's Angel Oregon 2012
Sentinel Hotel

For innovators, investors, and networkers alike, OEN’s Angel Oregon is more than the northwest’s premier angel investment prize conference; it’s where breakthrough ideas are nurtured, new markets are tapped, and invaluable business connections are made.

At OEN’s Angel Oregon 2012 investment conference, Oregon and southwest Washington’s brightest entrepreneurs will be competing for the launch-stage investment award. It is the perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs to present to accredited angel investors.

This must-attend event gives presenting companies excellent visibility and a chance to obtain substantial investment capital by bringing together Oregon and southwest Washington’s brightest entrepreneurial talent with accredited angel investors.

People interested in applying or investing should visit to learn more.

Conference attendence includes: lunch, keynote speaker, presentations followed by questions and answers by Launch Stage Company Finalists and Concept Stage Company Finalists, vote for audience favorites, announcement of winners, and celebratory networking reception.


•Early bird Member Registration: $185 (Early bird pricing ends March 22nd)

•Early bird Non-member: $310 (Includes a one-year individual membership to OEN)

•OEN Member Registration: $210 (After March 22nd)

•OEN Non-member Registration: $335 ( Includes a one-year individual membership to OEN)

•Academic Registration: $140

•Additional colleague from finalist company: $132

•OEN Board and Angel Oregon Committee Registration: $130

Oct 7, 2015
Money on a Mission
The Evergreen

A community gathering to connect business owners and social entrepreneurs with local lenders and technical assistance providers. Featuring Beneficial State Bank’s Kat Taylor and Governor Kate Brown.

*Admission is free, but space is limited. Register now:

Apr 14, 2016
Show Me the Money
WeWork Custom House

A lively panel providing attendees the current status of raising capital through a variety of ways.


Eric Rosenfeld - Co-Founder & Ringleader, Oregon Angel Fund

Eric launched the Oregon Angel Fund with Bob Ward in 2007 to combine the collective wisdom and horsepower of a select group of active, accomplished angel investors with the rigor and discipline of a venture fund. OAF has since grown to become the most active local venue for funding startups in terms of both participants and dollars invested – OAF and its 200+ investors have placed over $30M with 40 local startups that now employ over 2,000 people.

Previously, Eric co-founded Capybara Ventures, was a principal owner of Second Story Interactive Studios, and director of corporate business development for Mentor Graphics. Eric also worked as a technology and industry analyst for SRI International and was a research fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition to serving on several portfolio company boards, Eric is board chair of the Catlin Gabel School, and past chair of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, and Angel Oregon. Eric received his MBA from The Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and degrees in Industrial Engineering and American Studies from Stanford University.

Erik Benson - Managing Director, Voyager Capital

Erik focuses on market-changing technologies and disruptive business models, concentrating his efforts on working with seed- and early-stage companies based in the Pacific Northwest.

Erik currently represents Voyager on the board of directors of Act-On Software, Anova Data, Chirpify, Lighter Capital, Lytics, Rio SEO, SheerID,Shiftboard and SkyWard. Erik was previously responsible for Voyager's investments in aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft), Blue Box (acquired by IBM), Capital Stream (acquired by HCL Technologies), Covario (acquired by Dentsu Aegis), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon Web Services), Geoloqi (acquired by ESRI) and Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts).

Prior to Voyager, Erik was a seed investor for Seattle-based WRF Capital after holding leadership roles at Mimix Inc., a pioneer in the area of motion capture and animation software. Erik started his career in New York for a predecessor bank to JPMorgan Chase, advising and financing private equity clients.

Outside of work, Erik enjoys playing squash and flying drones. He has an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Pacific Lutheran University.

Jonathan Seeber - General Partner, Updata Partners

Jon Seeber is a General Partner with the firm. He has more then ten years of experience in technology and technology investments. Previously, Jon worked for IBM Global Services Business Development, where he managed acquisition, divestiture, investment, and partnership activities for IBM’s largest business unit. From 1998 to 2002, Jon served on active duty in the US Air Force. He holds two U.S. patents in network optimization and network security.

Jon is a graduate of Duke University and holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Robert Wiltbank, PhD - CEO, Galois Inc.

Rob is CEO at Galois, an R&D Services company located in Portland Oregon, focused on trusted systems; making information technology systems work as intend, only as intended. In addition, Rob runs an angel investing and startup class as Professor of Entrepreneurship at Willamette University that was selected as one of the top 10 entrepreneurship courses in the country by Inc Magazine.

Prior to joining Galois, Dr. Wiltbank pursued academic research on angel investing returns and entrepreneurial expertise. He received the 2013 Hans Severeins Award, a national award from the United States angel investment community, for his work and service to the field of angel investing. He is co-author of two books, Effectual Entrepreneurship and The Catalyst, as well as many academic articles. The Catalyst was selected by BusinessWeek as a top 10 leadership book in the year of its release, and focuses on entrepreneurship in organizations. Effectual Entrepreneurship is currently used to teach the entrepreneurial method in nearly 150 universities around the world. Rob serves as trustee of the Angel Resource Institute, and the editorial board of Journal of Business Venturing. He completed his PhD in Strategic Management at the University of Washington, and undergraduate work in finance and accounting at Oregon State University.

Rob has been investing in growth stage companies for the last 10 years throughout the Northwest of the United States. He’s served on the boards of two acquired companies, Veriwave and Max-Viz, and currently serves on the board of Galois Inc, TOZNY, Sailfan Research, and Formaltech.


Eric Winquist - CEO & Co-Founder, Jama Software

CEO Eric Winquist sets the strategic vision for Jama, a company he founded in 2007 after witnessing first-hand the common frustrations companies face in delivering complex, systems-driven products to market. With more than 20 years experience in product development and entrepreneurship, he is passionate about reinventing product delivery in the enterprise. Eric’s interest and background in the psychology of work and motivation has informed many of the innovations in Jama’s collaboration software. Eric is frequently invited to present on the topics of entrepreneurship, innovation and business-process change. - See more at:

Apr 15, 2021
Early Stage Fundraising AMA
Zoom Webinar

StartOUT's VC/Fundraising Programming Board Presents an "Ask Me Anything" discussion on early stage fundraising paneled by some of today's leading stars in the investment arena!

For a founder trying to raise funding, sometimes it seems like the whole process is just a knotted mess of confusion. Wouldn't it be nice to have a room full of qualified investors to simply answer your questions and help untangle the process? Come to StartOUT's Early Stage Fundraising AMA for just that opportunity.

We've assembled a group of today's leading investors who understand the value of diversity and inclusion and are willing to answer your most pressing questions. Questions will be answered during the event, no need to submit in advance, so bring them with you.


Kelli Jones, Managing Partner - Sixty8 Capital Lorenzo Thione, Managing Director - Gaingels Charlie O'Donnell, Founder/General Partner - Brooklyn Bridge Ventures Rei Tran, Investment Associate - Acceleprise


Jessica Bussert, Founder/CEO - Wave Therapeutics

StartOut, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the largest national organization to support LGBTQ entrepreneurs with 17,000 members nationwide. Its mission is to increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ entrepreneurs and amplify their stories to drive the economic empowerment of the community. StartOut helps aspiring LGBTQ entrepreneurs start new companies; supports current entrepreneurs as they grow and expand their existing businesses; and engages successful entrepreneurs as role models and mentors, on its online portal and through targeted events nationwide.

Jun 23, 2022
2022 StartOut Demo Day
Accelevents (Online)

Join StartOut entrepreneurs as they present their solutions at StartOut Demo Day, generously sponsored by ZenDesk, AWS, Silicon Valley Bank, and Embroker.

This year's virtual Demo Day will highlight LGBTQ-led, scalable tech startups to investors. A judging panel will be made up of angels, VCs, entrepreneurs and corporate partners, with a public audience to cheer you on and network with after.

Top prizes include $5k for first place, $3k for second place, and $2k for third place winner.

Join us for an evening of discussion among some of the brightest entrepreneurs and investors in our community.