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Dec 9, 2009
TechAmerica - Protecting Your Markets from Unlawful Forgein Competitors
Oregon Zoo, Skyline Banquet Room

About the Event: In challenging economic times and as competition grows fiercer, many companies find that enforcement of their intellectual property rights is critical to their success. Knock-off products, often from companies outside the United States, eat into sales. But defending your intellectual property is not inexpensive. Three of Portland’s leading companies will tell you how they defend their domestic and foreign markets quickly, efficiently, and inexpensively, and how to make these strategies work on any scale.

What will you learn? - How to diversify your IP portfolio to put your company in the best position to defend your markets - How to use the laws of foreign jurisdictions to stop infringing products where they are manufactured - How to use the fastest, most cost-effective IP enforcement actions available

Panelists: - Tom Evans, Corporate Patent Attorney at Mentor Graphics will relate lessons from Mentor’s patent infringement lawsuit in China and describe how Mentor uses its IP portfolio to defend its markets around the world.

  • Julianne Davis, Assistant General Counsel/Intellectual Property at Nike, Inc. will tell you why you should add design patents, trademark registrations, and copyright registrations to your IP portfolios, and how Nike uses its diverse portfolio to police its markets in the US and around the world.

  • John Motley, Associate General Counsel & Director of Intellectual Property at Columbia Sportswear, will talk about Columbia’s successful use of Thai and other foreign patent and trademark law to combat infringement where products are manufactured.

  • Tigran Guledjian, a partner at Quinn Emanuel in Los Angeles, practices extensively in complex intellectual property litigation with an emphasis in high technology patent litigation. Tigran will discuss his efforts on behalf of Seiko Epson and other clients to use the International Trade Commission to obtain and use exclusion orders to stop infringing products at the border.

Moderator: - Brenna Legaard is a partner at Chernoff Vilhauer McClung & Stenzel, an intellectual property law firm in Portland, Oregon. A seasoned trial lawyer, Brenna brings significant real-world experience to her patent prosecution and opinion practice and routinely helps start ups and publicly traded clients alike prioritize their IP budgets and cost-effectively enforce their rights against infringers.

Cost: $50 TechAmerica members and LES Industry members, $110 nonmember technology companies

To Register: Call TechAmerica Oregon, (503) 624-4871.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact [email protected], (503) 624-5715.

Dec 13, 2011
Robotics in Portland -at- Portland PC Users Group
Gateway Elks Lodge

Robotics enthusiasts a Portland Robotics will present an overview of Robotics learning, building and competitions. Some hardware will be shown.

Students welcomed with an adult. Begins 7:15pm Public invited, just sign in at the door. No charge. This is the monthly meeting of the Portland PC Users Group. Venue by special arrangement with Gateway Elks Lodge.

Jan 2, 2013
PDX Tech+Pong
CrowdCompass office in the Ford Building

CrowdCompass is thrilled to be pulling together this PDX Tech + Pong Meet-up. We want to be a catalyst in the PDX tech community that facilitates great conversations within fun social environments.

Oct 11, 2014
Graphic Portland Festival
Old Church

A community driven competition that challenges participants through the use of Video, Lighting, and Interactive Media to stimulate the creation of spectacular illumination installations.

Dec 10, 2014
TIE Oregon PitchFest 2014
Portland Development Commission

Join us for a Startup Spectacular!!

  • Are you an entrepreneur who has taken the leap of faith and created a company with your brilliant idea?
  • Are you looking for seed or early stage funding?
  • Do want validation of your idea?
  • Do you have a product, customers and are you ready to grow? Then pitch to a panel of judges from the world of investment at TiE Oregon's annual PitchFest!

Present your company in front of an audience of investors, entrepreneurs, TiE Charter Members and other influencers, movers and shakers in Oregon entrepreneurship.

The application process for companies is open NOW! Anyone can buy a ticket to attend, but participation in the competition is available for TiE Members only: that is, each pitching company must have at least one TiE member at the time of the competition, in order to pitch at PitchFest. Note that TiE membership has many other benefits!

Awards will be made available to winners in each of three categories: Concept Stage Seed/Bootstrap Stage Mature/Growth Stage

May 19, 2017
Founders LIVE

Announcing the inaugural event in Portland!

Founders LIVE Portland is an unforgettable happy hour competition where up to five handpicked startups take the hot seat, with only 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition in front of an eager audience. After the pitches and audience Q&A, the crowd will vote on a winner who will not only receive recognition from the crowd but also the opportunity to talk more about their product or service. So bring your friends and coworkers, grab some food and drink, get to know your local entrepreneurs and vote for what you think will be the next big thing... built in Portland.

About Founders LIVE:

Founders LIVE ( is a community and media channel created to inspire, educate and entertain entrepreneurs around the world. The Founders LIVE experience includes unique and unforgettable 99-second pitch competitions sweeping into cities across the nation, which have the potential to create local startup celebrities and burst open additional pockets of creativity and entrepreneurial activity. Additionally, an online network delivers curated articles, videos, livestreamed expert talks and AMA’s, posts and private messaging to members that together develop world-class entrepreneurs.


Date: May. 19th, 2017

Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: CENTRL Office Pearl

Cost: $10

Provided: Great food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages

Attendance to Founders LIVE Portland is free for Founders LIVE Members


5pm: Drinks, food, and networking

6pm: Demos start

7pm: Networking

8pm: Afterparty

Jun 2, 2017
Startup Weekend Vancouver
through Colab Coworking

Learn, Network, Startup In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you — find an event today!

Jul 6, 2017
1776 Challenge Cup Portland
Revolution Hall

Join PIE, in partnership with 1776 and Revolution, on July 6, 2017 for Challenge Cup Portland where 15-20 startups will pitch for the chance to win a paid trip to New York City for the Global Final round of Challenge Cup!

Challenge Cup is a worldwide tournament for the most promising, innovative startups to win prizes, make connections, and share their vision on a global stage. This year, 1776 is partnering with 75 cities to host Challenge Cup Local events, and PIE is excited to host the competition for Portland's top startups!

One winner will advance with a free trip to the Global Finals at Challenge Festival in New York City from November 13-17, 2017. There, the finalists will compete for the grand prizes as well as spend time with the investors, customers, media and other key connections that can help them succeed on a global scale.

Interested in attending Challenge Cup Portland? RSVP today to see startups from your area in action!

Aug 30, 2017
PitchBlack: Black entrepreneur pitch event

"411": Ten entrepreneurs will get five minutes to pitch the audience and then three minutes of questions about their idea. After the last pitcher has answered questions from the audience, attendees will then vote for the three (3) winners who will split the prize money equally. When: First pitch will be at 6:00pm with doors opening at 5:30pm and everyone out by 8:00pm Where: Our gracious hosts are the great folks at Instrument. Their amazing HQ is located at the One North development in the heart of inner N/NE Portland on North Williams Ave.

Who: This event is the brainchild of Stephen Green @PDXStepheng, economist, entrepreneur & strong advocate of CHEATING to support small businesses. By day he is the Community Manager for Townsquared where he is engaging area small businesses to support each other and share knowledge. Stephen, along with others in the community have been looking to spread broader narratives about black founders locally. This event wouldn't be possible without the support of some amazing partners; Instrument, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Silicon Florist, Digital Trends, Built Oregon, ClientJoy, Albina Community Bank, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Business For A Better Portland

Why: To connect the region's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem with the increasing number of African-American founders.

Cost: Tickets are $22 with ALL PROCEEDS from ticket sales going directly to the three winners. Bring some extra cash to make sure you leave with some event swag.

Mar 10, 2022
Westside Pitch Competition
Walters Cultural Art Center in Hillsboro, OR

WHAT: Westside Pitch is a startup competition for Washington County entrepreneurs seeking to showcase their early-stage businesses and pitch their venture concept to a panel of local investors. Plus, thanks to generous sponsors, we are thrilled to offer several cash prizes: • First place $5,000 • Second place $2,500 The team is also seeking offerings of in-kind services provided by local businesses, such as accountants and attorneys.

WHO’S ELIGIBLE: Early-stage business ventures that currently operate or plan to operate in Washington County, Oregon, as well as people living in Washington County, are eligible to compete. Selected businesses will have developed or be in the process of developing a unique, scalable product or service that solves a major industry problem. Apply here:

WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro

DON’T WANT TO COMPETE: Join us in celebrating these innovative entrepreneurs! General admissions tickets can be purchased here: Purchase here

KEY DATES: January 5, 2022 — Application process opens February 4, 2022 — Application deadline by 5pm PT February 21, 2022 — Finalist Announcement March 10, 2022 — Westside Pitch Competition

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: • Gold Sponsors: Washington County, City of Hillsboro, PGE • Silver Sponsors: City of Tigard, City of Sherwood, City of Beaverton, City of Tualatin • Supporting Sponsors: TiE Oregon, Buchalter, Vertigo Brewing (providing beer), D’Anu Wines (providing wine) • Appetizers provided by the Latina entrepreneurs who have graduated from the Adelante Mujeres Cocinemos Program

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.

Jan 17
Climate Curious judges PSU Cleantech Challenge

Due to weather, PSU has shut down their campus, and therefore we're moving the Cleantech Challenge pitch competition event from in-person to Zoom. We're still very excited to hear what the students have been cooking up, so please follow these steps to join:

RSVP to the Zoom invite by clicking through this link Assemble your favorite frosty weather snacks and drinks Sign on to the Zoom at 5:30 pm today Kick back, enjoy, and participate!

Apologies for the last-minute heads-up. The school's decision is out of our hands, but we're so grateful to Abigail and the rest of the PSU Center for Entrepreneurship team for coming up with a workaround that will keep the program moving and everyone else safe and cozy at home. See you soon!

Jan 31
Pitch Oregon 2024: Applications due

Pitch Oregon is entering another year, showcasing the talent and innovation of Pacific Northwest and California founders. Each year, Pitch Oregon brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors, creating a collaborative and dynamic environment for launching startups on their growth journeys.

Winners will receive investment through a special purpose vehicle (SPV). Last year, $620K was invested in five companies!

WHO SHOULD APPLY? We are interested in high-growth, traded-sector, technology, and/or tech-enabled companies looking for funding in three categories:

Pitch Oregon categories include:

  • Pre-seed – companies who are raising generally less than $500k
  • Seed – companies who are raising generally more than $500k
  • Impact – companies that generate financial returns while also creating a positive social, health, or environmental global impact. Can be either pre-seed, or seed.
Feb 7
PitchBlack 2024 (with livestream)
The Reser

PitchBlack 2024 is sold out. But you can still see all of the pitches. Live from the comfort of your favorite web browser. Just visit the PitchBlack site on Wednesday evening to catch the livestream:

The PitchBlack pitch competition gives Black entrepreneurs a platform to connect with the broader startup ecosystem — while also awarding them with cash prizes to help their concepts flourish. Last year’s competition awarded $80,000 in total prize money to innovative Black businesses, and this PitchBlack will be bigger and better than ever. Grab your tickets today!