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Saturday
Jun 27, 2009
OTBC: Startup Cofounder SpeedDating
OTBC [Old location, do not use!]

Back by popular demand! Do you have an idea for a startup and you're looking for founders who can get as excited about your idea as you are?

Or -- are you looking for an early stage startup to join - even if the compensation up front is sweat equity instead of salary?

Then SpeedDating for Startups is for you.

Post your Idea If you have an idea for a startup and are looking for cofounders post some information about what it is (even if you need to be vague) so people looking for a startup can find you. To post your idea on the OTBC wiki, go to otbc.org/blog. (If you don't want to reveal anything about the idea online, at least consider talking about what skill sets you'd like to add to the team so readers will know whether or not there might be a fit.)

Post your Skill Set Are you looking for a startup to join? You can post your skill set on the OTBC wiki (so startups can find you) at otbc.org/blog.

What: Speed dating for startups When: Saturday, June 27, 1pm to 3pm Where: OTBC Cost: Free ($3 suggested donation to help cover costs) We'll provide beverages and munchies

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Saturday
Feb 19, 2011
TiE Oregon Founders Seeking Co-Founders
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

This is a joint TiE Oregon - OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)event. If you have an idea for a company and you're looking for others to join your team, this is the event for you. You have the opportunity to make a 1-minute pitch presenting your idea and the skill-sets you are looking for in a team member. Attend this workshop if you are looking to add people to your team, or even if you simply want to network with other entrepreneurs and listen to pitches of new ideas.

If you plan to attend and have an idea for a pitch, please email us a tag line describing your idea so organizers can keep an account of the pitches that will be made.

Cost: Suggested $5 contribution to cover pizza and beverage

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Friday
Mar 11, 2011
Founder Courtship
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

Whether deliberately or accidentally, corporate culture starts developing the day you form your partnership, and blossoms as the company grows. Emphasis on a healthy corporate culture and assuring "fit" with each hire can lead to unprecedented success with happier, more productive employees...and customers.

Sara Davey-Schmidt will lead the discussion at the brown-bag lunch event. For the past 15 years, Sara has worked with many, many clients to help them identify talent who are not only qualified for the positions in their organization, but are--more importantly--a cultural fit with the company's core values and approach to business. In this brown bag session, Sara will provide some tools to articulate your own values and strengths in order to determine the Business Partner who is right for you. The benefits: Your partnership will thrive, a healthy corporate culture will develop deliberately, and your business will evolve into an entity authentic to you and your Business Partner.

When: Thursday, Feb. 24 from noon to 1pm Where: OTBC, 8305 SW Creekside Place, Suite C, Beaverton, OR (Directions) Cost: Free (bring lunch!)

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Wednesday
Nov 14, 2012
FounderDating November Applications due
Online

Applications due for FounderDating's Portland chapter. This is the second round of applications, so if you were rejected last time, feel free to re-apply.

FounderDating (FD) is an invite-only, online network for entrepreneurs to connect with cofounders. What makes them different?

High Quality - members are carefully screened for quality and readiness (no recruiters, etc.) Applications and members’ identities are confidential, but a few of the folks who are part of the network are former founders or early employees from: stackmob, snapfish, Zynga, Loggly and Gilt just to name a few.

Balanced - 50% engineering & 50% non-engineering

Reach-- FD’s online network allows you to connect with people in your city and beyond to share ideas and begin building something you’re passionate about.

No Idea Necessary - FD is about the people, so you don’t need to have an idea, just be ready to work on a serious side project

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Friday
May 3, 2013
Founders Friday
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

We're restarting an old OTBC tradition - Founders Friday. Starting Friday, May 3, join us every Friday for munchies, beverages, and the company of other startup founders.

Decompress from the week, get help/input on the week's challenges, and meet other founders and coaches.

When: Fridays, 3pm-5pm, starting May 3, 2013

Where: OTBC, 8305 SW Creekside Place, Beaverton, OR

Cost: suggested donation of $5 to help cover costs

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Tuesday
Jul 23, 2013
Startup Founder 101
Willamette University Portland Center

Al Vermeulen the former Chief Technology Officer of Amazon.com and Rogue Wave Software will be the guest speaker at Portland Startup Founder 101, July 23rd from 12:00 – 1:30, at the Willamette University Center in Portland’s pearl district. This event is sponsored by Founder Institute and open to all aspiring entrepreneurs. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited so please RSVP through Meetup.

Al Vermeulen was previously the Chief Technology officer of Amazon.com, where he is still active today, and was involved with the development of Amazon's cloud based systems including AWS and S3. Prior to Amazon he was CTO of Rogue Wave Software which had a successful public offering on NASDAQ in 1996. Al also co-wrote the book "The Elements of Java Style" and helped pioneer C++.

In addition, Robert Wiltbank, PhD. will be helping guide the discussion. Dr. Wiltbank is the author of Catalyst: How You Can Become an Extraordinary Growth Leader, and Effectual Entrepreneurship a textbook used in over 140 universities to teach hands on entrepreneurship. Dr. Wiltbank is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Willamette University MBA and a Partner with Montlake Capital, a Seattle based venture capital fund.

We look forward to seeing you at the Portland Startup Founder 101 event on July 23rd!

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Wednesday
Sep 11, 2013
Startup Pitch Bootcamp with Rob Wiltbank and Wade Brooks
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

Pitching your startup ideas effectively is a crucial skill that will help you acquire financing, customers, partners, and top talent. In just three hours, the Startup Pitch Bootcamp will help you improve your pitching skills and recruit potential co-founders. This intensive, collaborative workshop begins with talks by leading startup Founders designed to help you understand the key ingredients of a successful pitch. Then, you can apply that learning and pitch to both experts and peers to receive constructive feedback in a relaxed setting. Join us for a fun evening!

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Tuesday
Sep 17, 2013
Founder Institute Information Session
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

The Founder Institute is the world's largest early-stage accelerator. Join us for a informational event where you can meet the local Directors, ask questions, and learn how you can launch a startup with the Founder Institute's help.

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Thursday
Oct 3, 2013
Startup Ideation Bootcamp with Rob Wiltbank and Wade Brooks
Journey Gym

You have an idea for a startup, but don't know what to do next? In just three hours, the Startup Ideation Bootcamp will help you improve your idea, come up with new ideas, determine the next steps, and even recruit potential co-founders. This intensive, collaborative workshop begins with talks by leading startup Founders designed to teach you the components of good and bad startup ideas. For example, is your market big enough, is there organic growth potential, and a clear path to profitability? Then, attendees can share their ideas with both experts and peers to receive constructive feedback. Join us for a fun evening!

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Tuesday
Oct 8, 2013
Founder Institute Information Session
Journey Gym

The Founder Institute is the world's largest early-stage accelerator. Join us for a informational event where you can meet the local Directors, ask questions, and learn how you can launch a startup with the Founder Institute's help.

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Thursday
Oct 24, 2013
Startup fundraising workshop with Mike Buckley (Nike Digital and Intel Capital)
Columbia Square 8th Floor Conference Room

By Popular demand Founder Institute Portland is happy to present a workshop dedicated to early-stage fundraising.

Mike Buckley, Head of Finance and Strategy at Nike Digital, and previously Managing Director of Intel Capital, will join us to talk about how they’re working with Startups, and share his insights into early-stage fundraising and growth.

Afterward the local FI directors, Wade Brooks and Andrew Beldin, will facilitate a workshop on early stage fundraising 101 -- great tips, big pitfalls to avoid, pitching skills, building a killer pitch deck, etc. Wade and Andrew are both experienced startup fundraisers and investors.

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Thursday
Nov 7, 2013
Developing a Great Startup Idea with Mark Frohnmayer, CEO of Arcimoto
Columbia Square 8th Floor Conference Room

If you have an idea for a startup that could use some refinement, then join us for the Startup Ideation Bootcamp. In just three hours, this intensive workshop will help you improve your idea, come up with new ideas and even recruit potential co-founders. What are the components of a great idea? How do you know if you are working in an attractive market? How do you validate that your idea is great?

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Thursday
Dec 19, 2013
Young Entrepreneurs Society (YESpdx) "Mix N Mingle"
Valentine's (in the alley by Voodoo Donuts)

YESpdx is a new social club for young entrepreneurs, technical and non-technical alike. Attend one of our monthly “Third Thursday” events to network, drink free beer, eat free food and hear from entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. Shenanigans begin 5:30. Join us in December as we mix it up a little bit with an informal "Mix & Mingle" event at Valentine's. Event sponsors include OEN and NedSpace.

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Monday
Feb 24, 2014
PDX Women Founders Forum
Portland Development Commission

FEBRUARY 24th EVENT

Hi All - very excited to announce our February event. Vanessa Van Edwards will treat us with a private workshop on body language, especially targeted to women entrepreneurs. Can't wait! See you all there!

Body Language for Female Entrepreneurs

How can body language increase your presence, power and charisma? Vanessa Van Edwards has a special presentation for Female Founders Forum on how female entrepreneurs can use nonverbal to:

  • Get an edge in negotiations
  • Rock their elevator pitch
  • Master networking events
  • Pitch investors

Vanessa will use the latest research on nonverbal communication to teach women how to increase their success with people in the business world.

Speaker Bio:

Vanessa Van Edwards (Science Of People) Vanessa is a published author and behavioral investigator. Her specialties are human lie detection and body language. She is a Huffington Post columnist and regularly appears on CNN, Forbes, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal to talk about her research. Vanessa is a published Penguin author and regularly gives keynotes and appears in the media. She teaches a popular online class on Body Language for Entrepreneurs about the use of nonverbal communication to increase influence as a business owner. She helps entrepreneurs use body language to pitch investors, fundraise, get in the media, negotiate, increase sales and do effective customer validation.

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Wednesday
Apr 30, 2014
PIE application deadline
through Online

PIE, an early stage startup accelerator, is accepting applications for its fourth class. They are due by 11:59PM PT on April 30, 2014.

PIE has been helping early stage startups in Portland for five years. Alums include Urban Airship, Simple, Athletepath, Cloudability, Little Bird, Lytics, Stand In, Switchboard, and Orchestrate, among many others. We tend to work best with platforms and enabling technologies, but we encourage all types of tech startups to apply.

Applications may be submitted through the PIE site or via http://angel.co/piepdx/apply

Questions? [email protected]

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Wednesday
Jul 30, 2014
Startup Happy Hour: Launch Party
Base Camp Brewing Co.

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Monday
Aug 4, 2014
PDX Women Founders Forum
AJC outdoor gallery space

AUGUST 4th EVENT

Hi All -

Are you all ready for summer? Our August event is a summer cocktail party with several opportunities to connect, get to know each other more and catch up. In short, networking at its best.

Success in business depends on the quality and quantity of our relationships. We are most of the time so busy running our businesses, that we don't focus enough energy on the critical aspect of building rapport. With the Women Founders Forum, we intend to create a place to share ideas, learn and grow our businesses. It's a place for building trusted professional relationships to further our business and professional development

VENUE: AJ of AJC Photography (www.ajc-photography.com) has kindly offered her outdoor gallery space for our event. The address is 333 NW 9th St., but we'll have the doors open on the 10th avenue side. We'll be in the downstairs gallery space. It's in the same courtyard as Isabel Restaurant and Imelda's shoes, between NW Everett and Flanders. When you arrive you can buzz the concierge to be let in, or just come around to the 10th Avenue side where we'll have the gallery doors open. Event starts at 6pm with networking and goes on until later in the night... We'll conclude the evening with more networking until 9pm.

Don't forget to register at: https://pdxwomenfoundersforum.eventbrite.com

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Wednesday
Aug 13, 2014
Startup Happy Hour

Startup Happy Hour is a get-together for Portland's startup community, taking place every other Wednesday at a rotating brewpub.

This is a purely social event — no nametags, no presentations, just hanging out with awesome people in a friendly, casual setting.

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Wednesday
Aug 27, 2014
Startup Happy Hour
Pints Brewing

Startup Happy Hour brings together the Portland startup community, taking place at local brewpubs and startup headquarters.

RSVP here!

Who Should Join
Anyone who is actively involved with startups is welcome to attend: founders, developers, designers, investors, community managers, marketers, media professionals, and more.

Why should I join?
There are lots reasons to drop by Startup Happy Hour: • Interact with friendly, like-minded peers • Build your network with others in Portland's startup ecosystem • Share your ideas and projects with people who get what you're doing

What should I expect?
Startup Happy Hour is a purely social event, designed to build community and camaraderie in the startup ecosystem.

Don't expect nametags, pitches, or long presentations — instead, look forward to hanging out with awesome, like-minded people.

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Friday
Oct 3, 2014
Startup Coffee Hour! The Pop-Up Startup Accelerator
Rocking Frog

Startup Coffee Hour! reinvents the Startup Accelerator as a two-hour flash mob at a coffee shop.

The accelerator is like a tavern in an RPG: you can wander around the room and explore freely; you can walk up to anyone and talk to them; you can reacquaint with past companions and team members; you can sit at a table and share a laugh with elders, artisans, and heroes; you can form adventuring parties that may last a lifetime — and that's just the first 15 minutes. Learn more.

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Friday
Oct 24, 2014
PIE Demo Day 2014 - Livestream
Online

It's become a tradition. Watch PIE Demo Day 2014 from the comfort of your own laptop or mobile device.

PIE Demo Day is sold out. As is the simulcast at the eBay Community Lounge. But you can still get your fill of startup goodness by tuning into the PIE Demo Day livestream.

All of the content. None of the hassle.

http://new.livestream.com/accounts/10263183/events/3497048/

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Thursday
Nov 20, 2014
Startup Happy Hour @ Barlow (Classy Cocktail Edition)
Barlow

Is Silicon Forest the new Madison Avenue? Find out at Startup Happy Hour, featuring a new twist — or if you prefer, an olive.

You're invited to our Classy Cocktail Edition, taking place at Barlow, Portland's signature cocktail lounge.

From 8 to 10 PM, enjoy an artisinal libation or two, shared in the exquisite company of the Portland Startup Scene.

Dress to impress.

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Friday
Feb 6, 2015
Coffee w/ Co-Founders X (Portland Startup Week Edition)
Punch Bowl Social

Portland Startup Week is happening from Feb. 2-6th. It's a week full of amazing panels, talks, and events. Coffee w/ Co-Founders X (can't believe this is the 10th one!) will bookend the week with a great informal morning get together of the area's most incredible Entrepreneurs.

Come by, have some coffee, bring lots of business cards, and be ready to meet Portland's next big idea!

 

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Coffee w/ Co-Founders X (Portland Startup Week Edition)
Glyph Cafe

Portland Startup Week is happening from Feb. 2-6th. It's a week full of amazing panels, talks, and events. Coffee w/ Co-Founders X (can't believe this is the 10th one!) will bookend the week with a great informal morning get together of the area's most incredible Entrepreneurs.

Come by, have some coffee, bring lots of business cards, and be ready to meet Portland's next big idea!

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Friday
Jan 8, 2016
Founder's Happy Hour
Low Bar

Invite your startup friends. Invite the other Founders you know and come and detox with some great cocktails and conversations. Its a booming startup town that hides behind the veil of anonymity. Put down the laptop, drop the iPhone and meet other passionate founders.

We meet every two weeks but we jump to different locations to spread the love. Make sure you register so you know when and where we will be.

http://www.meetup.com/Startup-VanCo/

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Friday
Jan 22, 2016
Founder's Happy Hour
Low Bar

Invite your startup friends. Invite the other Founders you know and come and detox with some great cocktails and conversations. Its a booming startup town that hides behind the veil of anonymity. Put down the laptop, drop the iPhone and meet other passionate founders.

We meet every two weeks but we jump to different locations to spread the love. Make sure you register so you know when and where we will be.

http://www.meetup.com/Startup-VanCo/

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Monday
Feb 1, 2016
Portland Startup Week
through Various

A week chock full of interesting startup events designed to get Portland's founders and entrepreneurs chatting and collaborating.

For more details, visit http://portlandstartupweek2016a.sched.org/

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Portland Startup Week: Free coworking at DeskHub Portland
through DeskHub Portland

Want to try coworking? DeskHub Portland will be opening its doors to offer free coworking space for the entire week of Portland Startup Week 2016!

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Portland Startup Week: Quick Coffee & Then Get Sh#t Done
NedSpace Broadway

Grab some coffee. Drink it black. Coffee is for closers. Find a fellow startup founder who is drinking coffee. Introduce yourself. Know they are a fellow startup founder because they're there at 8:30am in the morning and ready to tackle the week and get shit done.

Tuesday
Feb 2, 2016
Portland Startup Week: Rethink Diversity w/ Yu
NedSpace Broadway

Startups are hard. You don't have to do it alone. Let's challenge the assumptions of what it means to be a startup founder, a person of color and build a diverse startup ecosystem here in Portland. Redefining diversity to be more inclusive (even including white males, go figure). Come for coffee. Meet other founders. Then get to work. Hosted by Yu Te, founder of MacPCX (and Startup Weekend Organizer) [email protected] or 971-998-9511

VanTechy
Old Ivy Brewery & Taproom

VanTechy is the social starting point for the Vancouver Tech scene.

The beginning of a startup is about people and ideas. VanTechy, is our local meeting point for meeting each other in a relaxed, casual format. Our goals include:

-Welcoming new people to the growing Vancouver tech community. -Sharing and discovering local events, opportunities, connections. -Growing our skills and learning new things. -Sharing our experience by mentoring new members.

For beginners, VanTechy is where you should start. For veterans, VanTechy is a place to share and mentor others.

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Wednesday
Feb 3, 2016
Portland Startup Week: Women Startup Founders
NedSpace Broadway

As Portland's longest running women's weekly startup group approaches our one year anniversary, there is a lot to celebrate. Let's start with you.

Please visit us during Portland Startup Week on Wednesday February 3rd at 7:30am and meet fellow women's startup founders who are working heads down on growing their company and building their product/service in a meaningful way.

The Weekly Founders Roundtable is comprised of Portland women founder who are focused on growing their startup and very focused on revenue, sales and marketing. We are a peer-to-peer support group of amazing women, building incredible things, who want to change the world....and understand that big sales and hockey stick like revenue growth is the way to achieve this. We don't talk, we do. We don't pontificate, we focus on milestones. We don't hyper focus on ideas, we focus on revenue. We make things happen. Our combined group of 10 women founded startups will have collective sales in excess of one million dollars this year.

Please come join us this Wednesday between 7:30am-8:30am and grab a cup of coffee on us. We'd love to hear about the company you've founded and where you're at.

See you here

Lin Carson, founder XFounders, and CEO BAKERpedia

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Friday
Feb 5, 2016
Founder's Happy Hour
Pacific House

Invite your startup friends. Invite the other Founders you know and come and detox with some great cocktails and conversations. Its a booming startup town that hides behind the veil of anonymity. Put down the laptop, drop the iPhone and meet other passionate founders.

We meet every two weeks but we jump to different locations to spread the love. Make sure you register so you know when and where we will be.

http://www.meetup.com/Startup-VanCo/

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Tuesday
Dec 6, 2016
TiE Oregon Confessions of an Entrepreneur with Jill Nelson, Founder of Ruby Receptionist
JLL

Join us on Wednesday, December 6th when Founder and CEO of Ruby Receptionist, Jill Nelson participates in our monthly series, Confessions of an Entrepreneur.

Since founding the company in 2003, Jill has led Ruby to double-digit revenue growth every year, and last year sold the majority share of Ruby for $38.8 million to Updata Partners out of Washington D.C. Today, Ruby’s 340+ employees provide live receptionist service to 6,000 small businesses throughout North America. Jill’s unique vision of charming, professional receptionists enabled by leading-edge technology has built Ruby into a platform by which small businesses can deliver exceptional customer experiences over the phone and grow their companies.

Confessions of an Entrepreneur is a series that allows entrepreneurs to hear the highs and lows of what it takes to build a successful company – unfiltered and off the record!

This is always a fun and valuable event, so be sure to invite your friends and team members.

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Thursday
Jan 19, 2017
TiE Oregon Confessions of an Entrepreneur with Gerry Langeler (Co-founder of Mentor Graphics)
Centrl Office Pearl

For 24 years, Gerry has served as a Managing Director with OVP Venture Partners, the most experienced venture capital firm in the Pacific Northwest. OVP is in its 33rd year, having raised its seventh fund (OVP VII) at $250 million. OVP has over $750 million of capital under management and focuses on early-stage companies in information technology, clean tech, and digital biology. Since its founding in 1983, the partnership has backed over 125 startups – and seen over 50 liquidity events including 25 IPOs with more than 30 others being acquired by public companies.

From 1981 to 1992, Gerry was co-founder of Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) where he served as President and Board member. He helped lead Mentor to over $400M in sales and $1B in market capitalization, ranking it as one of the largest and most profitable of all U.S. companies founded in the 1980s. The company remains the fastest growing public software company to $200 million (in constant dollars) in US history. At now over $1B in sales, Mentor continues to rank as the second largest software company in the Pacific Northwest, behind only Microsoft.

His service as a board member covers the range from enterprise software, network security, wireless communications and clean tech to biotechnology. He is the author of The Success Matrix – Winning in Business and in Life (Logos Press, March 2014), Take the Money and Run! An Insider’s Guide to Venture Capital (Smashwords and Lulu Press, 2011) and The Vision Trap (Harvard Business Review, March 1992), which continues to be widely used in business schools and corporate training sessions.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of CradlePoint, DataSphere, EnerG2, and Novomer.

In 2012, Gerry was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to the Oregon Growth Board where he serves as co-chair. He previously served as School Board Chair of the Riverdale School District and also chaired the Riverdale School Foundation. He has served as Chair of the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) Board of Trustees, and Chair of the State of Oregon Facilities Authority – a bonding agency for not-for-profits. In 2011, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.

He holds a BA, Chemistry from Cornell University, and a MBA from Harvard.

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Thursday
Jan 26, 2017
TiECon Northwest & Pitch Northwest
The Sentinel Hotel

TiE Oregon, TiE Seattle, TiE Vancouver BC and TiE Rockies are coming together to host the first-ever TiECon Northwest in Portland Oregon on January 25-26th. This 1.5 day conference will bring together entrepreneurs and investors and will highlight three disruptive technology sectors – Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Healthcare, and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality/Mixed Reality.

The possibilities seem huge and there is tremendous hype, full of great buzzwords and slogans but for investors and entrepreneurs, key questions still exist regarding these technologies:

What is the value? How can such value be unlocked? Is now the right time? What are the specific approaches, applications and markets that these technologies can be utilized in? What do these sectors need in order to continue to grow? Join us at TiECon Northwest as we bring together experts in these sectors for interactive panel discussions, keynotes, and opportunities to network with entrepreneurs and investors throughout the northwest.

PITCH NORTHWEST The conference will end with a pitch competition, Pitch Northwest!

Pitch Competition Criteria Pitch Northwest is available to pre-series A companies from all industries. The company must be headquartered in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, or British Columbia. You must have a minimal viable product, must have customer validation and are looking for funding to scale.

Prizes

The over-all winner will receive a check for $3,000 --- we are still fundraising so this purse is very likely to increase! The people's choice winner will receive a check for $1,000 - again, we are still fundraising so this purse is very likely to increase! THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY DECEMBER 30TH

Application details can be found at www.tieconnorthwest.org

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Saturday
Mar 11, 2017
Woman Led Unconference (woman led startups)
NedSpace Broadway

The Woman Led Unconference will sell out again, don't be left out because it's sold out.

Also, early bird tickets are just $25, but go to $40 effective March 1st.

WOMAN LED, INC. A 501 (c) (3) Organization is hosting Portland’s second women’s Unconference revolving around the theme of Women Entrepreneurship.

  • Saturday March 11th, 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Attendance is limited to the first 50 people, sorry
  • Early bird ticket pricing is $25
  • Ticket prices $40 effective Wednesday March 1st

What is Woman Led?

Our mission is to empower a community of women led companies to build profitable and sustainable businesses that will positively impact the economy. Our vision is to be a national organization that provides professional services to women who Dare, Dream and Do. We will become the most trusted community that supports women business owners in the United States. We will create a business world where women entrepreneurs have equitable opportunity, support and success.


For more info, find us at: http://womanled.org/

Why an Unconference?

Women in Portland are boldly pursuing their entrepreneurial dream. Yet they stall before they achieve scale. One in eight (12.5%) female owned businesses have successfully scaled. This is 2 times lower than male owned businesses. We have uncovered three key barriers to women achieving their entrepreneurial aspirations – Identifying Resources, Lack of Mentorship, and Less Funding / Sexist Culture. The women’s unconference will provide resources and networking to help overcome these barriers. The Facilitator Megan O'Leary the Director of Member Services from OEN is going to facilitate the whole unconference event. A great experienced facilitator makes the event, so prepare yourself for a wonderful time.

What will our Unconference look like:

9:00am-9.30am Coffee & networking 9.30-10am Keynote speaker 10:00-11:00am Overview and group agenda setting 11:00-11:45am Session 1 
 11:45am-12:30pm Session 2 
 12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm-2:15pm Session 4 
 2:15pm-3:30pm Session 5 
 3:30pm-4:00pm Closing & Keynote

Lunch is included. So, what exactly is an ‘Unconference?’ Think of this as an open conference that is driven by its participants. Unlike traditional conferences, an unconference allows for flexibility, open discussion, and debate, all fueled by its attendees. Innovative conversations with some of the brightest people, important purposes and tasks discussed without any formal agenda, and unplanned dialogue led by ultimately what peaks your interest most.

Come to build a collaborative network, establish partnerships, and be in a close community of people that value the same or similar topics of discussion. The sessions will be broken up into 30-minute discussions and spaces are reserved for gatherings that happen throughout the day.

Who should attend? Whether you’re a CEO, a startup founder, stay-at-home mom with a new idea, allies, or simply just have interest in the topic of women entrepreneurs, we welcome you to join us. This event is open to all genders to attend and participate.

All NedSpace events have a Code of Conduct which all participants, members, partners, visitors, vendors, guests must abide by.

Special keynote guests Sara Batterby CEO & President of Hifi Farms & Jill Nelson, Founder & CEO, Ruby Receptionists

Seriously, get your ticket today before it sells out

https://www.meetup.com/Startup-Your-Startup/events/237370564/

Wednesday
Apr 19, 2017
Free Money for Your Startup (Innovative Technologies)
NedSpace Broadway

Free money, got your attention, huh?

SBIR Round Table: Free Money for Your Innovative Technologies Do you have an innovative tech idea but no money for research and development (R&D)?

You might be surprised to learn that the Federal government spends $2.5 billion annually in the forms of grants and contracts for small businesses to work with agencies on projects from the Department of Defense all the way down to the Environmental Protection Administration.

This program, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), is intended to encourage domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth R&D.

Join us for a panel session, where local entrepreneurs will highlight tips, pitfalls and how the SBIR program helped their business. Space is limited, so please register to reserve your spot.

What you can expect?

Meet and learn from local entrepreneurs who have successfully secured non-dilutive Federal funding that afforded them the opportunity to engage in high growth research and development.

Meet with local resource partners who can help you apply for SBIR grants and capitalize on the opportunities that the SBIR program can afford your business.

Date: Wednesday, April 19 Time: 5:30- 7:00 pm Place: NedSpace 707 SW Washington St., #1100 Portland, OR 97205

Partial Panel List

SweetSense Inc. Evan Thomas, CEO SweetSense is doing a fabulous job helping global aid organizations bring infrastructure to the developing world.

eWindSolutions Katie Schaefer, cofounder & Director of Strategic Partnerships Understands and played an important role in the SBIR process.

Imagars LLC (tentative) Baldur Steingrimsson, President New American entrepreneur from Iceland – developing a tool that can help designers identify design oversights early in the process and better collaborate among design team members.

All NedSpace events have a Code of Conduct which all participants, members, partners, visitors, vendors, guests must abide by.

RSVP, tix are limited: https://www.meetup.com/Startup-Your-Startup/events/238679561/

Friday
May 19, 2017
Founders LIVE
CENTRL Office

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 (founderslive.com) 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.

Details:

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

Agenda:

5pm: Drinks, food, and networking

6pm: Demos start

7pm: Networking

8pm: Afterparty

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Thursday
May 25, 2017
Startup PDX - STARTUP PDX - REBOOT PARTY - Kicking off a New Season!
Centrl Office

Join us as we gather to reboot our Startup PDX community!

We're taking this community from a former place of just beerhall networking...to becoming a hub for Startup Professionals and Startup Entrepreneurs to level-up...together! 

Our vision is to support the Portland Startup ecosystem, by being a place for Inspiration, Knowledge, and Networking. We're already lining up some amazing talks and meetups for the next few months.

Come to this first casual kickoff event! Learn more about the vision of this community. Get some FREE beer...and network with other Startup Professionals. Much thanks to Centrl Office for being our new community sponsor, providing our venue and beer!! RSVP soon as there's limited space for this event. 

And, in the spirit of Startup Happy Hour, we'll always be continuing the after party for people wanting to connect even deeper at 10 Barrel starting around 7:45pm.

Make sure to find me and say hello. Short blurb about me: I'm currently a co-founder of both a venture backed startup and a bootstrapped startup. I'd love to hear what you're working on! 

Also, find me if you want to get involved in helping with this community!


Pat Cheung

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Friday
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!

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Thursday
Jun 29, 2017
Startup PDX - Secrets to Revenue Growth Using Outbound Sales
CENTRL Office

Join us as 2 seasoned sales experts share the latest trends and tips around outbound sales strategies. Attendees will walk away with a simple, practical framework for knowing how to build your first outbound campaign, when and how to scale your team, and to outsource your outbound altogether.


If revenue is important to your business...you'll want to check out these two talks.

As always, come network with fellow startup professionals. Free beer and bevs. Let's level-up together!

Agenda:

6:00pm - Drinks and Networking

7:00pm - Speakers

Alex Boyd - How to start scaling outbound sales, as a founder

Alex was Director of Sales at inDinero, a high-growth accounting SaaS startup based here in Portland. He is now the founder of RevenueZen, a Sales Development consultancy, where he develops and executes outbound sales campaigns alongside leaders at early stage technology companies. His favorite food is coffee.  

Chris Ortolano - How to qualify with confidence: Account Profiles, Buyer Personas, and Customer Outcomes. 

Chris is currently GM of Knowledge Group, a Division of Cience - a managed services company. Chris helps inside sales reps go from ramp to rockstar using knowledge management, continuous training, and execution analysis. Chris has also developed an online inside sales academy for DiscoverOrg, and served as a Conversation Systems Analyst for ExecVision.io. Chris also contributes to Outbound Engage, events focused on Growth, Sales, and Knowledge here in Portland. His favorite sales cycle is a bicycle.

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Thursday
Jul 27, 2017
Startup PDX - How to Get Startup Funding in Portland
CENTRL Office

Join us for a panel discussion with two of the prominent seed/angel funds in town: Portland Seed Fund and Oregon Angel Fund

In this discussion, we'll dive into the nuts and bolts of early-stage funding landscape in Portland, what exactly investors are looking for in a startup, and how to navigate through the local funding process. If you're interested in raising money for your startup...come hear this panel discussion to gain a better understanding of getting funded. 

Agenda:

6:30pm - Drinks and Networking

7:00pm - Panel on Early Stage Startup Funding

Jon Maroney - Partner | Oregon Angel Fund


Jim Huston - Co-Managing Director | Portland Seed Fund

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Sponsor Thanks!

CENTRL Office - Best Coworking Space in Town

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Monday
Apr 2, 2018
Immersive startups: A conversation with AR/VR founders
OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)

Immersive technology like augmented and virtual reality is creating a rapidly growing new industry. A report from Tech Trends’ Editor-in-chief, Alice Bonsaio cites this fast growing sector estimated to be $162B by 2020! Far beyond gaming and entertainment, there is potential for this technology to disrupt everything from healthcare and architecture to changing the way we maintain global supply chain. Join us for an engaging evening of conversation with early startup founders and those that support them, as we explore the experience of being on the ground floor of this new immersive reality.

The evening will start with a presentation from Russell Ladson, the Founder of Drop, a ViveX company. Russell will then be joined by two to three other local startup founders in the immersive tech space. We will have a candid conversation about their experiences as founders in the new field, the current state of this technology and where it is headed, along with Q&A from the audience. It will be an insightful and engaging panel.

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Tuesday
Apr 3, 2018
Portland Coffee w/ Co-Founders: PDX Startup Week Edition
CENTRL East Side Location

It's been a while since we've met, but we're using Portland Startup Week as an excuse to resurrect this incredible meetup.

About Coffee w/ Co-Founders: As a business owner you are faced with many challenges. You're forced to make decisions every day that could make or break your business. Coffee w/ Co-Founders is a way to network with other Entrepreneurs to allow free flowing information with the intent to collaborate and help each other. So often we're challenged and there's very little we can do to express our challenges with the people we work with or the people we care about. Think of Coffee w/ Co-Founders as your own personal support group for business owners. We're all here to help!

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Friday
Apr 6, 2018
Startup Weekend Vancouver 2018
through CoLab Coworking - The Collective

Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend-long experience. Your ticket includes: 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend Benefits and discounts from our global partners One-on-one time with amazing mentors A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world. All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now! https://vimeo.com/28872840

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “[email protected]”.

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Thursday
Sep 27, 2018
Pitch Club Beaverton
Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce

Pitch Club is an ongoing monthly series where entrepreneurs can practice their pitch and receive feedback from their peers and TiE Oregon Charter Members including TiE Angels.

Tom Kingsley, TiE Oregon Charter Member moderated the event and creates a dynamic and safe environment for you to receive feedback on your pitch - sales pitch, concept pitch, or investor pitch!

Participants are given the opportunity to role-play being an investor to other entrepreneurs giving them a better understanding of what the investors are looking for.

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Tuesday
Jan 22, 2019
Startup Founders in Tech [1on1 Conversations over Video]
Online.

Startup Founders of Tech Startups Only

We're startup founders building tech products to solve problems in the world. 

We come together from different backgrounds and industries and it's this diversity that makes group members valuable to one another. Some of us code. Others do marketing. Some of us think we'll be fundraising forever... No matter, we've got overlapping challenges and experiences to share with each other for what to do (and just as importantly what not to do).

So, if you're looking to get smarter and move faster with your business, join us. We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month at 4pm Eastern / 1pm Pacific. 

Reach out if you have questions. 

Whitney

PS - If you're interested but not yet in the group, it's easy to join. RSVP for this event and I'll follow-up. We want to ensure the group remains as promised... a group of Startup Founders in Tech

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Tuesday
Feb 5, 2019
Startup Coffee Hour Meetaway
Online. You'll get a link when you register

For people working in startups or around the startup scene, Startup Coffee Hour is a 1-hour agendaless and speakerless event where you’ll meet new people and have the opportunity to talk about what you care about.

We're running this event over Meetaway -- the format is back-to-back 1on1 conversations over video call where you'll have the ability to choose who you meet. It's an efficient way to digest a thought with other entrepreneurs and get back to your day.

RSVP and we'll send you a link to join.

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Thursday
Feb 7, 2019
Portland Coffee w/ Co-Founders - Coffee w/ Co-Founders @ Uncorked Studios
Uncorked Studios

For February we are excited to be having our next meetup at Uncorked Studios. This beautiful space will serve as the backdrop as we learn from fellow founders about their businesses.

About Coffee w/ Co-Founders: As a business owner you are faced with many challenges. You're forced to make decisions every day that could make or break your business. Coffee w/ Co-Founders is a way to network with other Entrepreneurs to allow free flowing information with the intent to collaborate and help each other. So often we're challenged and there's very little we can do to express our challenges with the people we work with or the people we care about. Think of Coffee w/ Co-Founders as your own personal support group for business owners. We're all here to help!

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Tuesday
Feb 19, 2019
Tech Startup Pitch Practice [Online Meetaway]
Online. You'll get a link to join when you RSVP

This event is exclusively for technology startup founders. Founders, this is a risk-free way for you to get feedback on your investor pitch and stack the odds in your favor. If you want to raise funding for your venture, then this event is for you.

We're running this event over Meetaway -- the format is back-to-back 1on1 conversations over video call where you'll have the ability to pitch and get feedback from a number of other founders. It's efficient and a great way to get targeted feedback in a low-stakes setting.

RSVP and we'll send you a link to join.

The event is at Feb 19, 5-6pm Pacific.

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Tuesday
Feb 26, 2019
Startup Founders in Tech [1on1 Conversations over Video]
Online. You'll get a link to join when you RSVP

Startup Founders of Tech Startups Only

We're startup founders building tech to solve problems in the world. We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1pm Pacific to collaborate on our pressing challenges. The format is 1on1 conversations over video where you'll have the ability to choose who you meet. It's designed to be easy to join, get value, and get back to work.

The event is limited to tech startup founders in tech who are beyond idea stage. Reach out if you have questions.

Whitney

PS - If you're interested but not yet in the group, it's easy to join. RSVP for this event and I'll follow-up. We want to ensure the group remains as promised... a group of Startup Founders in Tech.

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Thursday
Feb 28, 2019
Pitch Club Beaverton
Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce

Pitch Club is an ongoing monthly series where entrepreneurs can practice their pitch and receive feedback from their peers and TiE Oregon Charter Members including TiE Angels.

Robin Jones, TiE Oregon Charter Member will be the event Emcee, join her as she creates a dynamic and safe environment for you to receive feedback on your pitch - sales pitch, concept pitch, or investor pitch!

Participants are given the opportunity to role-play being an investor to other entrepreneurs giving them a better understanding of what the investors are looking for.

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Tuesday
Mar 12, 2019
EdTech Entrepreneurs helping EdTech Entrepreneurs Meetaway
Online. You'll get a link to join when you RSVP

This event is exclusively for entrepreneurs who are working in EdTech. If you're an EdTech entrepreneur and want to collaborate with other EdTech entrepreneurs, then this event is for you so RSVP today!

We're bringing together EdTech entrepreneurs from across the country to share insights, contacts, and industry trends. I'm running the event online, over Meetaway, so you'll be able to choose who you meet and then you'll meet them over a series of 1:1 video calls. After each conversation, Meetaway will automatically rotate to the next one.

If you want to connect with other EdTech entrepreneurs, then RSVP today!

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HealthTech Entrepreneurs helping HealthTech Entrepreneurs
Online. You'll get a link to join when you RSVP

This event is exclusively for entrepreneurs who are working in HealthTech. If you're a HealthTech entrepreneur and want to collaborate with other HealthTech entrepreneurs, then this event is for you so RSVP today!

We're bringing together HealthTech entrepreneurs from across the country to share insights, contacts, and industry trends. I'm running the event online, over Meetaway, so you'll be able to choose who you meet and then you'll meet them over a series of 1:1 video calls. After each conversation, Meetaway will automatically rotate to the next one.

If you want to connect with other HealthTech entrepreneurs, then RSVP today!

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Wednesday
Mar 20, 2019
TiE Oregon Annuals
The Lofts at 8th Ave

Please join us on March 20th as we recognize Nat Parker, Co-founder of GlobeSherpa (purchased by moovel North America).

Starting in 2013, Nat received ongoing mentorship and early investment from the TiE Oregon Angels. Along with his team, Nat grew his company and returned that investment! And…just a few years later, sold the company to moovel North America. We are thrilled to celebrate Nat’s success and the support he now gives to the entrepreneur community.

In addition, we will take a look back and celebrate accomplishments made in 2018 which include:

– $1.75 Million invested in 14 Companies! — And that is just through November. We will likely have another investment before the end of the year! – 1 exit – RFPIO! – Five TiE XL Boot Camps — with approximately 65 participants – Team Melaknow from Oregon’s TYE Program took 1st place at the TYE Global Competition in Washington DC – TiE Oregon Angels was voted the best angel program out of all TiE Chapters – ….and our member engagement continues to grow with the additional programming we added this year including Industry Exploration, Evolve Your Startup, Investor Training, and more!

When: Wednesday, March 20th Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM / 5:30 PM Networking Reception / 6:15 PM Dinner and Program / 8:30 PM Musical Entertainment Where: The Lofts at 8th Ave, 2010 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR Cost: TiE Member Table of 10 = $1,000 | Non-Member Table of 10 = $1,250 | TiE Member Single Ticket = $100 | Non-Member Single Ticket = $125

Presenting Sponsor:

Elevate Capital

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Monday
Apr 1, 2019
Portland Startup Week Happy Hour
Tilt Eastside

Let's kick off the week with a beer, good conversations, and networking. Portland Startup Week attendees are welcome to a chill and relaxing meetup to interact with local ecosystem leaders and advocates.

Where: Tilt - Eastside 22 NE 2nd Ave. Suite 100 Portland, Or. 97232

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Tuesday
Apr 2, 2019
Portland Coffee w/ Co-Founders - Coffee w/ Co-Founders - Portland Startup Week Edition
Breken Kitchen

****LIMITED SPACE****

We're in the NW side of town this month as part of Portland Startup Week. Breken is a great place to relax, grab a cup of coffee, or get some of their yummy food.

About Coffee w/ Co-Founders: As a business owner you are faced with many challenges. You're forced to make decisions every day that could make or break your business. Coffee w/ Co-Founders is a way to network with other Entrepreneurs to allow free flowing information with the intent to collaborate and help each other. So often we're challenged and there's very little we can do to express our challenges with the people we work with or the people we care about. Think of Coffee w/ Co-Founders as your own personal support group for business owners. We're all here to help!

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Wednesday
Apr 3, 2019
Pitch Club Portland
Central Office

Pitch Club is an ongoing monthly series where entrepreneurs can practice their pitch and receive feedback from their peers and TiE Oregon Charter Members including TiE Angels.

A TiE Oregon Charter Member moderated event that creates a dynamic and safe environment for you to receive feedback on your pitch - sales pitch, concept pitch, or investor pitch!

Participants are given the opportunity to role-play being an investor to other entrepreneurs giving them a better understanding of what the investors are looking for.

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Tuesday
Apr 9, 2019
Access Portland by the Female Founders Alliance
Custom House/WeWork

Access PDX is open to all genders of founders and future founders.

The Female Founders Alliance Access Series is designed to help founders move their business forward by fostering meaningful connections with the people and organizations that are most difficult to access for underrepresented founders. Access PDX addresses the top three things women and non-binary founders need the most: access to investors, partners and media.

Through a combination of panels, 1:1 VIP coaching, founder AMAs, and facilitated networking, our guest speakers and coaches will meaningfully support founders in their area of business expertise. Founders will leave with new connections and newfound wisdom in an area of their business.

Confirmed VIPs include Seattle and Portland angel investors, representatives from Voyager Capital, Oregon Venture Fund, Seven Peaks Ventures, Portland Seed Fund, Trilogy Equity Partners, FoundersPad and more to be announced.

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Tuesday
Apr 23, 2019
Tech Startup Founders [1on1 Conversations over Video]
Online. You'll get a link to join when you RSVP

Founders of Tech Startups Only

We come together from different backgrounds and industries and it's this diversity that makes group members valuable. We collaborate and share tips on what’s worked and just as important… what hasn’t worked to grow our startups.

RSVP for this event and I'll follow-up. We’re a no-sales group and I work to keep the group as promised -- a group of Tech Startup Founders.

We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month at 4pm Eastern / 1pm Pacific.

Whitney

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Thursday
May 2, 2019
Pitch Club Beaverton
Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce

Pitch Club is an ongoing monthly series where entrepreneurs can practice their pitch and receive feedback from their peers and TiE Oregon Charter Members including TiE Angels.

Tom Kingsley, TiE Oregon Charter Member moderated the event and creates a dynamic and safe environment for you to receive feedback on your pitch - sales pitch, concept pitch, or investor pitch!

Participants are given the opportunity to role-play being an investor to other entrepreneurs giving them a better understanding of what the investors are looking for.

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Thursday
May 23, 2019
Pitch Club Portland
CENTRL Office

Pitch Club is an ongoing monthly series where entrepreneurs can practice their pitch and receive feedback from their peers and TiE Oregon Charter Members including TiE Angels.

Tom Kingsley, TiE Oregon Charter Member moderated the event and creates a dynamic and safe environment for you to receive feedback on your pitch - sales pitch, concept pitch, or investor pitch!

Participants are given the opportunity to role-play being an investor to other entrepreneurs giving them a better understanding of what the investors are looking for.

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Tuesday
May 28, 2019
Tech Startup Founders [1on1 Conversations over Video]
Online. You'll get a link to join when you RSVP

Founders of Tech Startups Only

We come together from different backgrounds and industries and it's this diversity that makes group members valuable. We collaborate and share tips on what’s worked and just as important… what hasn’t worked to grow our startups.

RSVP for this event and I'll follow-up. We’re a no-sales group and I work to keep the group as promised -- a group of Tech Startup Founders.

We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1-2pm Pacific.

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Thursday
Jul 18, 2019
Coffee w Co-Founders - Founder Story with Paige Hendrix Buckner, CEO @ ClientJoy
Custom House/WeWork

Paige Hendrix Buckner knows a lot about starting and growing a company. Not only has she been helping founders through her efforts at Founders Gym, but she has also been running ClientJoy which is a boutique birch box service with an Oregon focus. This month we'll sit down to talk about her incredible story and learn about some of the challenges she has faced along the way.

About Coffee w/ Co-Founders: As a business owner you are faced with many challenges. You're forced to make decisions every day that could make or break your business. Coffee w/ Co-Founders is a way to network with other Entrepreneurs to allow free flowing information with the intent to collaborate and help each other. So often we're challenged and there's very little we can do to express our challenges with the people we work with or the people we care about. Think of Coffee w/ Co-Founders as your own personal support group for business owners. We're all here to help!

https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Coffee-w-Co-Founders/events/262422869/

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Wednesday
Aug 7, 2019
Apply to PIE: Question and answer session (morning)
Uncorked Studios

(We realize that not every potential PIE or PIE Shop company can make it to events during the day. So we'll be holding a pre-work morning session to get your questions answered. And yes, there will be coffee.)

Thinking about applying to PIE or PIE Shop? Have questions about the program? Curious as to what an accelerator even does? Wondering if the format is right for you? Cool. Let's talk about that. All of that.

Please join PIE at the home of PIE alum — and PIE Shop partner — Uncorked Studios for a question and answer session to get more information on our programs and the benefits for early stage startups.

Questions about the differences between the two programs causing you to second guess whether you should even show up? Well, let's get that one answered first. Yes. The answer is yes. If you're a founder of an early stage startup, you should show up.

And in terms of the differences? PIE is an accelerator designed to support startups building digital products. PIE Shop is an incubator/accelerator designed to support startups manufacturing physical products.

We're looking forward to seeing you, bright and early

Already ready to apply? Here's a cheat sheet that will help you prepare your application: https://bit.ly/PIE2019cheatsheet

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Thursday
Aug 8, 2019
Apply to PIE: Question and answer session (evening)
Autodesk Inc

Thinking about applying to PIE or PIE Shop? Have questions about the program? Curious as to what an accelerator even does? Wondering if the format is right for you? Cool. Let's talk about that. All of that.

Please join PIE at Autodesk for a question and answer session to get more information on our programs and the benefits for early stage startups.

Questions about the differences between the two programs causing you to second guess whether you should even show up? Well, let's get that one answered first. Yes. The answer is yes. If you're a founder of an early stage startup, you should show up.

And in terms of the differences? PIE is an accelerator designed to support startups building digital products. PIE Shop is an incubator/accelerator designed to support startups manufacturing physical products.

We're looking forward to seeing you.

Already ready to apply? Here's a cheat sheet that will help you prepare your application: https://bit.ly/PIE2019cheatsheet

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Friday
Aug 9, 2019
Apply to PIE: Question and answer session (lunch)
WeWork Labs (Custom House)

(We realize that not everyone can make evening events. So our friends at WeWork Labs have graciously offered to host a lunch hour Q&A *with lunch*🙏)

Thinking about applying to PIE or PIE Shop? Have questions about the program? Curious as to what an accelerator even does? Wondering if the format is right for you? Cool. Let's talk about that. All of that.

Please join PIE at WeWork Labs for a question and answer session to get more information on our programs and the benefits for early stage startups.

Questions about the differences between the two programs causing you to second guess whether you should even show up? Well, let's get that one answered first. Yes. The answer is yes. If you're a founder of an early stage startup, you should show up.

And in terms of the differences? PIE is an accelerator designed to support startups building digital products. PIE Shop is an incubator/accelerator designed to support startups manufacturing physical products.

We're looking forward to seeing you.

Already ready to apply? Here's a cheat sheet that will help you prepare your application: https://bit.ly/PIE2019cheatsheet

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Monday
Aug 12, 2019
Apply to PIE: Question and answer session (virtual)
Online

(We realize that not every potential PIE or PIE Shop company can make it to Portland to ask their questions, face to face. But we still want you to have the opportunity to get those questions answered. So we'll be holding a virtual session to help get that done.)

Thinking about applying to PIE or PIE Shop? Have questions about the program? Curious as to what an accelerator even does? Wondering if the format is right for you? Cool. Let's talk about that. All of that.

Please join PIE online for a question and answer session to get more information on our programs and the benefits for early stage startups.

Questions about the differences between the two programs causing you to second guess whether you should even show up? Well, let's get that one answered first. Yes. The answer is yes. If you're a founder of an early stage startup, you should show up.

And in terms of the differences? PIE is an accelerator designed to support startups building digital products. PIE Shop is an incubator/accelerator designed to support startups manufacturing physical products.

We're looking forward to seeing you on the interwebs.

Already ready to apply? Here's a cheat sheet that will help you prepare your application: https://bit.ly/PIE2019cheatsheet

(Meeting details will be shared with folks who RSVP.)

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Thursday
Aug 15, 2019
PIE turns 10 🎂and the whole Portland startup and tech community is invited
The Glass Lab

Hard to believe, but it's been a decade of experimentation around how established organizations — like corporations, government, and educational institutions — can better collaborate with the Portland startup community for mutual benefit.

That's right. PIE is turning 10 years old in August 2019. So it seemed like a good time for a party. And our generous sponsors Autodesk (https://autodesk.com/) and SKB (https://skbcos.com/) volunteered to help us make it happen.

Join PIE, PIE Shop, our alums, our mentors, and the entire Portland startup community to celebrate this milestone. As part of the celebration, we'll be happy to feed you and provide you with a beverage or two. And there will likely be some PIE giveaways, as well.

NOTE: This is a family friendly event, so feel free to bring the kids.

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Sunday
Aug 18, 2019
PIE + PIE Shop applications close
through Online

at PIE, we love founders and founding teams. The passion, creativity, and grit that drive people to pursue their vision is a constant source of intrigue — and inspiration. And it’s a pursuit we want to encourage. And facilitate.

We believe that you should be building your company. And we want you to do that.

That said, after 10 years of doing this work, we recognize that one of the most challenging things about building a business is finding access to the people and resources that can help support you at the earliest stages. Before you’re popular. Before you’re a household name. Before you can afford an office. Before investors are lining up to fund you.

That’s why we’re here. To support you. Please apply: https://piepdx.com/apply

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Friday
Aug 23, 2019
Coffee w/ Co-Founders @ WeWork Labs w/ Mayor Ted Wheeler
Custom House/WeWork

NOTE THE NEW TIME FOR THIS MONTH'S MEETUP!

This month we will be sitting down with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. A third generation Oregonian, he has been working hard to ensure the Portland ecosystem is robust, inclusive, and thoughtful. Having spent time as the state's Treasurer he has seen first hand the impact that startups can have on the local ecosystem and has been a tireless advocate for the community.

Schedule: 9am: Doors open/Networking 9:30am: Sit down with Mayor Ted Wheeler 10:30am: End

::::Space is limited:::::

About Coffee w/ Co-Founders: As a business owner you are faced with many challenges. You're forced to make decisions every day that could make or break your business. Coffee w/ Co-Founders is a way to network with other Entrepreneurs to allow free flowing information with the intent to collaborate and help each other. So often we're challenged and there's very little we can do to express our challenges with the people we work with or the people we care about. Think of Coffee w/ Co-Founders as your own personal support group for business owners. We're all here to help!

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Wednesday
Aug 28, 2019
PDWIT // WeWork Labs Open Work Day
Custom House/WeWork

WeWork Labs is opening their doors for the PDXWIT community for a day of open co-working. If you are a founder or looking to start your own business you are welcome to spend the day learning more about the resources available to help you grow your business.

WeWork Labs is The We Company’s global platform for early-stage startups and forward-thinking enterprise companies. We empower inventive humans and organizations to impact the present and influence the future.

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Tuesday
Sep 10, 2019
Coffee w/ Co-Founders - Early Stage Fundraising Panel
Custom House/WeWork

Fundraising for your early stage startup is difficult. It's made even more difficult with the recent trend of smaller pre-revenue funding in the region. This month we will sit down with some area panelist to discuss funding trends, funding alternatives, and what can be done to get early stage companies better access to capital that can help take their companies to the next level.

This will be a "leave your feelings at the door" conversation. We will touch on what is really to blame for the lack of early stage funding access. Whether that means looking at local and regional funding resources that seemed to have dried up, to whether founders have companies that are investible.

Panelists: Josh Carter - Manager, WeWork Labs (Moderator) Nicole Schmidt - CEO/Co-Founder @ krowdsourced Geoff Harris - Partner @ Flying Fish VC Ross Barbieri - Angel Investor/EiR @ Portland State's Business Accelerator

About Coffee w/ Co-Founders: As a business owner you are faced with many challenges. You're forced to make decisions every day that could make or break your business. Coffee w/ Co-Founders is a way to network with other Entrepreneurs to allow free flowing information with the intent to collaborate and help each other. So often we're challenged and there's very little we can do to express our challenges with the people we work with or the people we care about. Think of Coffee w/ Co-Founders as your own personal support group for business owners. We're all here to help!

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Wednesday
Sep 18, 2019
Sip and Slack
Botanist

Time for friends, food and drinks as we remain cautiously optimistic that we'll get an extended summer and the rain will hold off...

Look for the tall brunette wearing glasses that blink. I might also be wearing my Minnie Mouse ears, depending on how I am feeling that day...

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Friday
Oct 4, 2019
2020 Portland Startup Week Kickoff Celebration
Custom House/WeWork

Join your community in a new type of conference that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship, led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces you love. Startup Week is a reflection of your hard work and your community's unique entrepreneurial identity.

For this event we will celebrate the upcoming Portland Startup Week happening April 6-10, 2020 by kicking off and opening up submissions to the general public. We will have speakers, showcase some of the local startups, and you'll get a chance to network with other founders in the community.

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Thursday
Nov 14, 2019
Coffee w/ Co-Founders - Tales of Failure
Custom House/WeWork

Failure is a part of the founder journey. It could be something as small as missing a sales number or as big as a massive business breakup. However you fail it ends up taking a toll on you as a human.

Join us this month as we lead an open discussion and share our stories of failure.

Schedule: 10am: Doors open/Networking 10:30am: Discussion 11:30am: End

::::Space is limited:::::

About Coffee w/ Co-Founders: As a business owner you are faced with many challenges. You're forced to make decisions every day that could make or break your business. Coffee w/ Co-Founders is a way to network with other Entrepreneurs to allow free flowing information with the intent to collaborate and help each other. So often we're challenged and there's very little we can do to express our challenges with the people we work with or the people we care about. Think of Coffee w/ Co-Founders as your own personal support group for business owners. We're all here to help!

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Friday
Nov 22, 2019
Founders Resiliency Group
WeWork Labs (Custom House)

We are holding our second meeting of the Founders Resiliency group on Friday November 22nd at WeWork Labs 12-1:30pm. There are many forums that speak to the blocking and tackling of creating and leading business. The intent of this group is to offer an environment where the emotional aspects of the entrepreneur's journey can be shared and supported. In this supportive and confidential space, founders can speak their truth, get support and develop resiliency in the face of uncertainty and challenge.

All are welcome at any stage. Bring your own lunch.

For November, the group is reading The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, so if you plan on attending, please pick up or borrow a copy so you can discuss.

Wednesday
Dec 11, 2019
WeWork Labs Open House
Custom House/WeWork

WeWork Labs is a global platform to help early stage founders grow and scale their startups. The non-equity based program provides founders with access to mentors, investors, and resources.

WeWork Labs Portland is opening its doors for the day to allow you to meet the founders and spend the day getting work done from the incredible Custom House.

There is no RSVP link. Just show up and work.

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Friday
Dec 13, 2019
PDX Founders Resiliency Group 12/13/20 12-1:30PM
WeWork - Custom House

Hi All!

We are holding our monthly meeting of the PDX Founders Resiliency group on Friday December 13th at WeWork Labs 12-1:30pm.

There are many forums that speak to the blocking and tackling of creating and leading business. The intent of this group is to offer an environment where the emotional aspects of the entrepreneur’s journey can be shared and supported. In this supportive and confidential space, founders can speak their truth, get support and develop resiliency in the face of uncertainty and challenge.

All are welcome at any stage. Free, but bring your own lunch.

WeWork Labs Custom House 220 NW 8th Ave, PDX.

Monday
Dec 16, 2019
Crowdinvesting in Zebras
Online

Join Zebras from around the world for an online Webinar exploring ways that the crowd can help finance Zebra companies and activities. While we'll touch on traditional crowdfunding, we're eager to share and explore newer "crowdinvesting" models that focus on financing through equity or debt.

Topics include:

  • Pros and cons of crowdinvesting options
  • TechSoup sharing experiences from the nonprofit world
  • For profit Participant Assistive Products sharing insights on its Wefunder campaign
  • How and why Zebras Unite is partnering with platforms like Wefunder for the benefit of the Zebra community

Speakers:

  • Portland entrepreneur Astrid Scholz, Zebras Unite
  • Dara Westling, TechSoup
  • Keoke King, Participant

Please RSVP to join us on December 16, 2019, at 10:00AM Pacific Standard Time (-08:00 GMT)

Join us: https://zoom.us/j/213620080

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Tuesday
Jan 14
Coffee w/ Co-Founders with Jaime Schmidt (Founder of Schmidt's Naturals)
Custom House/WeWork

Jaime Schmidt started her body care product business in 2010 primarily as a hobby. But it didn’t take long for this ‘maker’ to grow her business from hobby to enterprise. After catching on at local farmers’ markets and co-ops, her natural deodorants earned coveted shelf space at national retailers, and before long, Schmidt was being courted by global companies looking to capitalize on the trends in natural body care that she helped define. Today, Schmidt’s Naturals is a subsidiary of Unilever.

Schedule: 10am: Doors open/Networking 10:30am: Fireside chat w/ Jaime Schmidt 11:30am: End

::::Space is limited:::::

About Coffee w/ Co-Founders: As a business owner you are faced with many challenges. You're forced to make decisions every day that could make or break your business. Coffee w/ Co-Founders is a way to network with other Entrepreneurs to allow free flowing information with the intent to collaborate and help each other. So often we're challenged and there's very little we can do to express our challenges with the people we work with or the people we care about. Think of Coffee w/ Co-Founders as your own personal support group for business owners. We're all here to help!

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Thursday
Jan 23
Product Messaging 101: How to Communicate the Awesomeness of your Tech
Custom House/WeWork

Join messaging strategist, Emma O’Brien, for a session that breaks down the most important elements of effective product messaging.

ABOUT THIS EVENT Do you want to tell a simpler story about your app, platform or other tech product? Are you a technical person who struggles to make your product capabilities easy for people to understand? Do you wish your website told a more compelling story?

Learn how to communicate the awesomeness of your product with new clarity.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN In this talk, you’ll learn the basics of effective product messaging, including: What you need -- and don’t need -- to include in your story. How to make your product’s value clear and compelling. The ultimate shortcut to messaging that resonates with customers. You’ll leave with a clear framework to start building your own product messaging.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? his talk is for founders and marketers of tech (or tech-enabled) products who want to improve their messaging strategy for marketing and sales activities. Especially if your current story feels over-complicated, too technical, or a little “meh.”

WHO'S TEACHING? This workshop will be led by Emma O’Brien, founder of Punchy, a messaging consultancy that helps tech companies sell their value and own their truth. Emma helps founders and product marketers extract the most compelling aspects of their products and articulate them in a clear, concise way that resonates with their audiences. Learn more at www.punchy.co

HOW MUCH? Just $10, but free to WeWork members (ask you location reps for the code)

RSVP on Eventbrite http://bit.ly/351GyZv

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Portland WeWork Labs - One Year Anniversary Party/Showcase
Custom House/WeWork

In January of 2019, WeWork launched a program in Portland called WeWork Labs meant to help early stage companies grow through a global platform meant to connect founders with resources, mentors, investors within a community focused space. Since then, the program has helped over 60 founders learn more about how to grow and scale their business.

Join us as we celebrate this milestone and showcase what makes Portland founders so special!

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Wednesday
Feb 5
WeWork Labs Public Office Hours
Custom House/WeWork

WeWork Labs is The We Company's global platform for early-stage start-ups and forward-thinking enterprise companies. We empower inventive humans and organizations to shape the present and influence the future.

Portland WeWork Labs Manager, Josh Carter, will be holding open office hours to help local startup founders understand more about what they can be doing to operate more effective and efficiently.

To sign up for one of five 30 minute sessions, please check here: https://doodle.com/meetme/qc/h2CGjJXjCm

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Wednesday
Feb 12
Picking the Right Incubator, Accelerator, or Co-Working Space
Lucky Lab

Quick, what’s the difference between an incubator and an accelerator? How can each one help you? And how are they different from a co-working space? Our panel of experts will break it all down for you. They’ll discuss how to pick the right program based on your start-up stage, how to “win” the application, and more.

You’ll learn

  • Key differences between an incubator, an accelerator, and a co-working space
  • What support you should expect from each
  • How to capitalize on what they offer to build your business
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Thursday
Mar 19
[ONLINE ONLY] PIE Demo Day 2020
Online

UPDATE: No in-person event this year. Online only. More details: https://medium.com/portland-incubator-experiment/pie-demo-day-2020-moves-to-online-only-32cf0a8da8b9

At PIE (https://piepdx.com/), we're hard at work, prepping a couple of new batches of startups — through both PIE and PIE Shop — who are eager to tell their stories. So we want to make sure that you're there to hear those stories.

We will be holding the next PIE Demo Day on Thursday, March 19, 2020 as an online event only. This change is due to concerns over COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus and ensuring the health and safety of the Portland startup community.

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Tuesday
Apr 7
PIE hosts an "ask me anything" on the Portland startup community
Online

Join cofounder and general manager of PIE, Rick Turoczy, for an "ask me anything" session on the Portland startup community. He's looking forward to answering your questions about startups, startup accelerators, and Portland, in general.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/piepdx-turoczy-ama-20200407

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Thursday
Apr 9
Marketing and Sales Q&A with Kasey Jones of A Better Jones, Our Galaxy
Online

Kasey is a startup growth strategist, community builder, event organizer, and people connecter. She is founder of A Better Jones a demand generation marketing agency that helps startups accelerate growth, sales teams fill pipeline, and leaders expand their influence as industry thought leaders. And co-founder and co-host of The Other Side of Sales, a podcast, Bravado community, and resource on a mission to make B2B sales culture more inclusive by celebrating the stories of underrepresented sales professionals.

Her latest endeavor is Our Galaxy, a community, resource, and coaching platform designed to diversify thought leadership, by helping founders, leaders, and business pros on the rise build authentic personal brands and expand their industry influence.

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Monday
Apr 13
Portland startup community Q&A with Stephen Green
Online

Stephen Green is a an economist, speaker, startup advisor and “recovering” venture capitalist. By day he is the director of operations for Pensole, the world’s only footwear design and development school based in Portland, Oregon. He has spent his career helping founders start, grow and prosper. His tireless advocacy for Black & Latinx founders has landed him on stages across the country speaking about the power of entrepreneurship.

One of his projects “PitchBlack” is a national pitch event that connects ecosystems with talented black founders in cities across the country. Since 2015, competitors in the Portland event have gone on to raise over $32MM for their ideas.

He is a husband to a brilliant wife and father to 3 wonderful children. Spreadsheets are his super power and sneakers are his kryptonite.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/piepdx-stephen-green-ama-20200413

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Tuesday
Apr 14
Community Management Q&A with Cami Kaos of Automattic
Online

Cami lives, works, and parents in the rainy city of Portland, Oregon. She’s had a love of WordPress and WordCamps since the last century, when she happened to stumble upon the first WordCamp Portland.

Since 2013, she has worked at Automattic, as a community organizer for the WordPress open source project. In that role, she gets to work with WordCamps and their organizers from around the world, every day. She continues to write on an irregular basis at camikaos.com where she explores concepts from the plight of modern parents to mental health to marveling at the seemingly mundane.

Cami is active on a number of social platforms but can be most readily found as @camikaos on Twitter.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/piepdx-cami-kaos-community-management-20200414/

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Wednesday
Apr 15
Photography, Visual Media, and Your Brand with Aaron Hockley of Tech Photo Guy
Online

The photography world has been upended a few times in the last couple of decades and with all professional photography on hiatus for the time being, we'll find out if this leads to another major change. What hasn't changed is that every business, from startup to corporation, needs to have images of their people, products, venues, and other resources. These photos end up on websites, social media, in print, at those things called conferences that we used to do, and elsewhere. Folks are going to notice the difference between an organization that has solid consistent imagery versus an outfit where you can tell that their visual brand was an afterthought.

What does photography and visual branding look like for a startup or other organization in 2020 and beyond? When should you hire a pro and when should you do it yourself? If you can afford the same gear as a pro, what else are they bringing to the table that you don't have? Should you invest in photography proactively, or react as you have a need for pictures? Let's talk about visual media and photography.

Join us for a mentor Q&A with Aaron Hockley of Hockley Photography and TechPhotoGuy.com. Aaron is a professional photographer with a background in the tech world; he's photographed quite a few Portland tech startups and organizations over the past 12 years. The Professional Photographers of America has recognized him as a Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman, which means that he knows a thing or two (maybe even three!) about making and using effective images.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/piepdx-aaron-hockley-visuals-photography-20200415

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Thursday
Apr 16
Community Projects in Times of Crisis with Marcelino Alvarez of Fresh Consulting
Online

We all rely on the bonds of our community in order for our businesses to thrive. We seek intros to VCs, backchannels to clients, advice from our peers and mentors. In normal times, these bonds heavily rely on in-person interactions — coffees, lunches, beers, and 1:1's.

Reading body language is a critical component to reinforcement of those bonds. In our most vulnerable moments, we want to ensure that the other party is present, listening, and empathizing. And beyond the 1:1 interactions, in social places like our coffee shops and coworking spaces, we create room for serendipity — that chance encounter that leads to something new and unexpected, whether it's a new business idea or a solution to an existing problem facing a member of our community.

During this pandemic, we've been stripped of the ability to interact as normal. Sure, we have all these video chat tools — but it's not a replacement of our in-person interactions, just a digital proxy. And while those proxies may suffice for our 1:1 meetings, they certainly aren't helping with serendipity.

So how do we form community in a time of crisis? How do we create space for chance? And how can we come together to listen, to engage, to be present, when many of us are already at our wits end staring at a video on a computer screen all day long?

Join us for a mentor Q&A with Marcelino Alvarez, Chief Product Officer at Fresh Consulting. He was formerly CEO of Uncorked Studios, which co-founded Safecast during the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and ensuing nuclear disaster. He'll share perspectives from then and now as he undertakes other efforts to maintain his community and pursue digital serendipity.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/piepdx-marcelino-alvarez-community-projects-20200416

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Monday
Apr 20
Effectively using video Q&A with Sylvia Salazar of Tono Latino
Online

Please join us for a Q&A session with PIE alum and mentor in residence Sylvia Salazar of Tono Latino, a media company that helps distill politics down to digestible chunks — with a special focus on informing Latinx and Spanish speaking communities.

Sylvia is a Colombian immigrant and a computer engineer turned political activist. Her passion is helping other people understand what is going on in the world of politics and encourage them to become more politically involved and vote. She is determined to change Latinx representation in politics and in media.

As her following has grown, Sylvia has experimented with a number of video formats and has a variety of creative ways to make short form video work. (You can experience her creativity firsthand on Instagram.) She's excited to share that expertise with you.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/sylvia-salazar-tono-latino-video/

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Tuesday
Apr 21
ASABHKE* with Saul Colt of The Idea Integration Co.
Online

*Ask Saul Anything Because He Knows Everything

Join PIE and long time PIE mentor Saul Colt for an AMA (but we recommend that you tap into his Word of Mouth marketing genius).

Saul is the Founder and Creative Director at The Idea Integration Co. In his career he has been named as one of the iMEDIA 25: Internet Marketing Leaders & Innovators as well as been called one of Canada’s best community builders/experiential marketers. NYT Best selling author and Internet Pioneer Chris Brogan once referred to Saul as “exactly who you want representing your company” and that message has been echoed by media properties ranging from Inc to Forbes Magazine.

Saul has had many career highlights including being selected as the first international employee of Zipcar and the person responsible for launching Zipcar into the Canadian marketplace. Was the first marketing person and a key part of the growth of FreshBooks.com (The #1 Cloud Accounting service for Small Business Owners) as well as leadership roles at Rogers Communications and the first Chief Evangelist of Xero.com.

And as if that wasn’t enough, Saul is also a Professional Speaker and Consultant specializing in Word of Mouth Marketing, Stunt Marketing, Social Media, Customer Experience, Community Building and Business Courage.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/saul-colt-ama-word-of-mouth-marketing/register

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Wednesday
Apr 22
Living alone and extroverted: A struggle for sanity — but still easier than being a founder
Online

Everyone needs hobbies. And if you follow PIE mentor Nick Lambert on Instagram, you'll see that the pandemic has been a good time for him to reboot a few of them: music, cooking, ridiculous short films… we all deal with this stuff differently.

We're happy to have Nick take moment away from his more creative efforts to join us for an "Ask Me Anything" session. Being a former startup founder, startup accelerator manager, and professional musician — and currently Customer Success Manager at local VR/AR/XR startup The Wild — you've got a wide range of topics at our disposal.

So please register to attend and start adding — and upvoting — the questions we'll be asking.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/founder-nick-lambert-ama/

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Thursday
Apr 23
Really Working from Home: How to get the most out of your now remote employment
Online

With the onset of quarantine and social distancing, many of us have been settling into a somewhat surreal semblance of remote work. It doesn't feel quite right. But we're doing our best to fake it. And because of that we're not really working from home.

PIE wants to help. That's why we've assembled a panel of PIE mentors: one who helps lead a successful remote only company, one who has worked as a remote employee for a decade while working alongside an online school student, and one who has assembled the most fervent community of remote workers on the planet — all while leading a remote company, himself.

Join these incredibly insightful PIE mentors for an open and honest discussion about how to be truly successful as a remote employee. And how to manage remote teams. And deal with all the life that happens when that life all happens in a single place.

Any question you've had about working from home, these folks are going to be able to answer.

Invited panelists

  • Barrett Brooks, ConvertKit
  • Cami Kaos, Automattic
  • Darren Buckner, Workfrom

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/working-from-home-remote-work-panel

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Friday
Apr 24
A founder's journey through upticks and downturns: Q&A with Elia Freedman
Online

Please join us with a former founder who has seen the ups and downs of the economy for insights on what to suspect — and some guidance that may help you navigate this new normal.

Elia Freedman was founder and CEO of Infinity Softworks, which he started in 1997 as a senior in college, leveraging both his business training and programming ability. The company has helped more than 20 million professionals and students in real estate, financial services, math and science who use calculation every day to solve problems and generate proposals, both in the field and at their desk.

The company's primary app, PowerOne, has been in existence as apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, and Windows computers for more 20 years, Infinity Softworks re-launched PowerOne as a web and mobile service in 2018.

As a founder, Elia weathered both the dotcom bust and the mortgage crisis. Which is sure to inform a unique vantage on our current state of existence within a pandemic ravaged economy.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/founder-ama-elia-freedman-powerone

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Tuesday
Apr 28
Lunch & Learn: Shelly Bell, Black Girl Ventures
Online

PIE is honored to be hosting Shelly Bell for a virtual Lunch & Learn. This is a rare opportunity to grab some time with one of the most impactful people in startups. So please come with questions.

Named as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 Powerful Women in Business, Shelly Bell is a computer scientist, system disruptor and business strategist who moves ideas to profit while empowering people to live to build and foster better relationships. She connects entrepreneurs, investors, and corporations in order to diversify their talent pipeline, increase equity and grow their brands.

Shelly is among the nation's most sought-after transformational speakers in the DC Metro area with features in Forbes, Fast Company, The Washington Business Journal, NewsOne, Entrepreneur Mag, People of Color in Tech and on Politico Live.

Her organization, Black Girl Ventures (BGV) is a culturally converging ecosystem igniting economic security, civic engagement, and hyperlocal infrastructure at the intersection of STEM education and entrepreneurship for Black and Brown woman-identifying founders, funders, and veterans. Since 2016, BGV has funded 41 women, increased access to social capital for 168 program participants and launched their efforts in 10 cities. As a one of 8 Google Gurus across the nation and an Ecosystem Builder, she engages audiences from grassroots to government.

Through Shelly’s Return on Relationship (R.O.R) Method she is teaching intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs, and wantrepreneurs how to hold the ladder for others and/or how to find the person they need to hold the ladder toward moving to the next level of success. She has trained over 5,000 entrepreneurs, held over 300 events for empowering leaders, managed multi-million dollar contracts, and helped to scale over 200 businesses.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/shelly-bell-black-girl-ventures-ama

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Wednesday
Apr 29
Asking the right questions with Leah Noble Davidson of Because Human
Online

Join PIE as we talk with Leah Noble Davidson, Chief Experience Officer at Because Human.

Leah has consulted within Portland’s startup tech industry for 10 years, working with larger teams from Jive and Puppet to startups like Torch and BeyondPulse.

Having newly ventured into the role of a founder, she’ll be asking questions from the perspective of a female design professional who can speak the language — but is only now really learning how to juggle the risks and rewards firsthand.

Finding answers is one thing. Knowing the questions to ask is entirely another. Leah — a professional asker of questions — will help us hone in on the right questions, provide the necessary reality checks, and share ideas about leveraging the startup community to find the help you need as your startup grows from a concept into being a real business.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/leah-noble-davidson-because-human-ama

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Thursday
Apr 30
Building a sustainable and resilient company for the 21st century with Kate Ertmann
Online

We're excited to have the chance to sit down with Kate Ertmann for a question and answer session.

Her life's work has been focusing on building from scratch — or rebuilding and reorganizing — the operational infrastructure for sustainable businesses. That includes everything from the elements of a business plan, the importance of Mission and Purpose and Values, the how-to of defining Roles and Responsibilities, and when to hire and how to best structure that management org chart — as well as the finance that runs in parallel with all of that.

Her distinct rallying cry through all of that work is the necessity of embedding equity and inclusion in all processes, procedures, and culture of an organization, and as a guiding principle in all leaders with whom she works — especially when it is "hard" or if there are uncomfortable conversations to be had.

Kate constantly seeks to leverage her privilege and position: applying constant pressure to the systemic structure of 20th century practices so there can be systemic changes that will define 21st century practices.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/kate-ertmann-ama

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Talking to media with Malia Spencer of Portland Business Journal
Online

We're honored to grab some time with the best startup journalist in Portland, if not the Northwest.

Please join us for a Q&A session with Malia Spencer, a Portland-based journalist who covers startups, venture capital, and technology for the Portland Business Journal.

Her career has ranged a variety of media, starting with traditional print journalism at daily newspapers. She began at a large metro then at a smaller daily paper on the California central coast. As the media landscape shifted, she finds herself with one foot still in traditional print and one firmly online.

At the Portland Business Journal we produce award-winning reporting in a weekly print edition as well as daily work online. I also edit out technology and entrepreneurs focused newsletter, TechFlash Portland.

Please RSVP and submit & upvote questions ahead of time: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/malia-spencer-portland-business-journal

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Friday
May 1
Onboarding employees, remote or otherwise, with Kristen Gallagher of Edify
Online

Ensuring that new employees are properly onboarded can always be a challenge. And in our new all remote, all of the time world, it can be even more difficult. That's why we're excited to get the chance to catch up with PIE alum Kristen Gallagher.

Kristen is the founder and CEO of Edify. She brings over a decade of learning and development and business partnership experience to Edify and has architected and delivered onboarding programs for companies such as AWS Elemental, Puppet, OpenSky Alibaba, Cirium (FlightGlobal), Cloudability, and more. She is a frequent speaker and instructor for O’Reilly, DevOpsDays, and other conferences.

If you have questions about employee onboarding, she has answers. Please join us to get those questions answered.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/kristen-gallagher-edify-employee-onboarding-ama

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Tuesday
May 5
Portland startup community Q&A with Rick Turoczy of PIE, Silicon Florist
Online

Join cofounder and general manager of PIE, Rick Turoczy, for an "ask me anything" session on the Portland startup community. He's looking forward to answering your questions about startups, startup accelerators, and Portland, in general.

A little background on our guest…

Rick Turoczy has worked in, on, and around the Portland, Oregon, startup ecosystem for more than 25 years. Throughout that time, he's worked for venture funded startups, founded failed companies, consulted, mentored, and worked to connect dots within and outside the community.

More than a dozen years ago, he started Silicon Florist, a blog designed to capture what he saw happening in the Portland startup community. That work led to the opportunity to start PIE, the Portland Incubator Experiment, an organization he continues to manage.

At its very most basic, PIE is an ongoing experiment designed to explore ways that established organizations — like corporations, governments, and educational institutions — can effectively collaborate with startup communities in mutually beneficial ways, thereby strengthening the entire ecosystem.

PIE currently exists as an early stage startup accelerator with three separate areas of focus: Software as a Service (in partnership with Puppet), manufactured products (in partnership with Autodesk), and traditional consumer products like food, beverage, and apparel (in partnership with Built Oregon).

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/portland-startup-community-ama-rick-turoczy-20200505

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Wednesday
May 6
Consumer products startup ecosystem with Mitch Daugherty
Online

Join us for a conversation with Mitch Daugherty, cofounder and director of Built Oregon, an organization focused on championing the consumer product industry in Oregon.

The greatest joy Mitch has found is meeting with everyone in the statewide ecosystem. Listening to entrepreneurial challenges. Looking for opportunities to connect them to a resource that could help them get one step further down the road. Engaging in conversations about breaking down the silos and echo chambers.

He listened to stories and realized each one formed a piece of this tapestry that makes up Oregon.

As he looked back on his journey, he noticed the common theme in all his adventures and career choices has been the effort to bridge gaps through interaction and dialogue.

He cofounded Built Oregon as a way to build on a simple belief: that stories can raise awareness of companies and regions and help drive economic development.

Throughout that process, he's constantly reminded of what he has learned over his journey: Conversations matter. And the most important conversations take place with those outside of your sphere of influence, and with people who possess opposing views.

The value of a given dialogue hinges on conversations that are inclusive, honest and transparent.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/consumer-products-startup-ecosystem-mitch-daugherty-ama

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Thursday
May 7
Discussing founder mental wealth with Anthony Ware
Online

As part of our celebration of Mental Health Month we'll be spending time with Anthony Ware who champions mental wealth.

Mental wealth is the collection of intentional thoughts, behaviors, and experiences—mental wealth deposits—someone uses to make a positive impact on their mental health. These deposits have a cumulative positive impact, especially during times when you’re challenged with mental illnesses and external events.

Mental wealth deposits include working with a therapist, spending time by large bodies of water to connect with nature, going on a vacation, or making time for friends and family.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/founder-mental-wealth-anthony-ware-AMA

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Tuesday
May 12
PIE founder stories: Mat Ellis, Cloudability
Online

Join PIE alum and longtime PIE mentor Mat Ellis, founder of Cloudability, for a conversation about his experience as a founder growing a startup from an idea to a successful exit, all of the lessons learned along the way, effectively engaging with and supporting the Portland startup community, and maybe just maybe, what's next.

According to The Oregonian, "Cloudability was among the most prominent of a generation of startups that emerged in Portland in the aftermath of the Great Recession. It helped clients such as BP, Sony and Siemens manage what they spent hosting their data in third-party data centers.

"Before its sale, Cloudability said it managed more than $9 billion in spending at Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud."

RSVP / Submit questions: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/founder-story-mat-ellis-cloudability

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Wednesday
May 13
Next generation of innovators with Juan Barraza of PSU
Online

Please join PIE for a conversation with Juan Barraza from the Portland State University Center for Entrepreneurship, Invent Oregon (InventOR), and Pitch Latino.

At the PSU Center for Entrepreneurship, Juan works to propel students innovators to solve big problems that benefit our community. Through an exciting learning environment and program of events, students find the creative energy to expand their impact, explore new ideas, and bring their future into focus.

Invent Oregon is an exciting competition for college and university students with ideas for inventions to address today’s most pressing problems.

Inspired by PitchBlack, Pitch Latino is designed to give Latinx startup entrepreneurs a platform to connect with the regions growing startup ecosystem.

RSVP / Submit questions: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/juan-barraza-psu-center-entrepreneurship-inventor-pitch-latino

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Thursday
May 14
Establishing healthy habits with Karthy Chandra of Goalden Hour
Online

Join PIE for a conversation with Karthy Chandra, founder of Goalden Hour, for guidance on how to establish and maintain healthy habits and goals, even in the most challenging of times.

Goalden Hour is the first productivity app that connects the realms of task management, scheduling, and self-improvement to encourage you to make goals & habits an integral part of your planning process. We provide meaningful insight into the different areas of life and nudge you to reflect often, build better habits, and discover new ways to grow and improve. Our mission is to help people manage and master their lives.

Interested in learning more? Watch Karthy's presentation from PIE Demo Day 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RiIxNcC4HY

RSVP / Submit questions: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/karthy-chandra-goalden-hour-healthy-habits

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Friday
May 15
PIE founder stories: Julia Niiro, MilkRun
Online

Join us for a conversation with PIE alum and Techstars alum Julia Niiro, founder of MilkRun.

See Julia's story about MilkRun at PIE Demo Day 2019 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbaIO9XltRg), her views on small local farms from TEDxPortland 2019, and the explosive growth MilkRun has seen due to the pandemic shared during Techstars Anywhere Demo Day 2020.

MilkRun works with farmers and producers in Oregon & Southern Washington to break down the access barriers to local food. The national average for how far food travels to get from the farm to your house is 1,500 miles. That’s wild! We’ve cut down our average to 35 miles and have designed a system that leapfrogs the industrialized food system. Less travel = less pollution. More access to food = fresher, healthier foods!

It’s not just about ditching the grocery store lines, it’s about keeping money in the community and supporting local producers. For farmers, we’re able to provide 6-7x what they’d make from a normal grocery store. It should be as easy (if not easier) to buy from local farmers as it is to order a cab or book a stay in someone’s house, right?

90% of the small farms in America right now are at risk of extinction. If mega-industrialized farming becomes our only option for food, we’ll have no more farmer’s markets, no more CSAs, no more farmers who are stewards to the land. Without radical new systems like MilkRun, the only options for food will be from huge corporations pushing profit over people, and we just don’t want to live in that kind of a world. We can do this, together!

RSVP / Submit questions: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/pie-founder-story-julia-niiro-milkrun

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Tuesday
May 19
PIE founder stories: McKenna Dempsey, Kamber
Online

Join PIE for a conversation with McKenna Dempsey, cofounder and CEO of current PIE company Kamber.

At least 20 million teenagers are living with a mental health disorder in the United States and 70% of them aren’t getting the treatment they need. Kamber’s mission is to change that by providing easily accessible tools and resources that empower teens to prioritize their mental health and make space for self acceptance.

By creating a mobile app that provides exercises for difficult moments, coping techniques and education, teens will be equipped with the tools they need to begin managing their mental health and find ways to ground themselves.

For more, see McKenna's presentation from PIE Demo Day 2020 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_vrmHAI4MQ).

RSVP / Submit questions: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/founder-story-mckenna-dempsey-kamber

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Tuesday
May 26
Ecosystem builders: Anika Horn, Social Venturers
Online

Join PIE for a very special conversation with consummate ecosystem builder Anika Horn of Social Venturers.

Anika Horn is on a mission to support changemakers build purpose-driven careers, organizations and ecosystems without losing themselves

Rooted at the intersection of systems thinking, social impact and storytelling, she helps changemakers lead impact-driven careers and meaningful lives by equipping them with thought-provoking insights, field-tested resources and a strong peer community at Social Venturers. Through her advisory services, Anika works closely with selected purpose-driven entrepreneurs in the areas of strategy, communications, personal and professional growth. She leverages her global network to raise the profile of ecosystem building for social change as a contributing editor for Impact Boom (where she covers Europe and the U.S.) and Ecosystem Builder Hub (where she heads up the national campaign Unsung Ecosystem of Ecosystem Building) as well as co-lead of storytelling at the ESHIP Storytelling Initiative.

Previously, Anika co-founded Unreasonable Lab VA (Virginia’s first mini-accelerator for social entrepreneurs), CO.STARTERS VA (a startup program for idea-stage founders) and Rebelle Con (a boutique conference for entrepreneurial women). At the same time, she worked with high-growth startups at nationally ranked accelerator program Lighthouse Labs and spearheaded the B Corp movement in Virginia as the state’s official B Keeper.

Prior to her work in North America, Anika earned a Bachelor of European Studies and Masters of Sustainability Sciences in Germany, France and Australia where she spent a decade working in journalism, non-profits, government and the private sector.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/ecosystem-builder-anika-horn/register

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Tuesday
Jun 16
How to create frameworks and strategies for equity within startups
Online

Join PIE for a conversation with PIE alum Quincy Brown about how to create frameworks and strategies for equity within startups.

"As startups we have a chance to lead with equity as we develop our business plans, marketing, customer outreach, and the like," said Quincy. "From my perspective, equity includes including women, BIPOC, youth, elderly, and everyone undeserved by policies and programming."

Quincy is a young, native transportation planner from Portland. He began is transportation planning career volunteering at TriMet working directly with the HR department where he served as a volunteer translator and helped recruit Latinx employees.

Following his degree from Claremont McKenna College, Quincy engaged in post bac work at Berkeley in Sustainability and the Built Environment and City and Regional Planning. He won best research in Human Rights from the Mgrublian Center for Rights and was Claremont McKenna's first Mellon Mays undergraduate fellow, a fellowship for minority students interested in becoming PhD professors.

His research has consistently focused on creating sustainable and equitable planning and programming that support and involve people of color, people with disabilities, and low income residents. In all pursuits, Quincy is passionate about bringing equitable and sustainable practices to everyone regardless age, race, gender, sexuality, or belief.

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/equity-framework-strategy-startup-quincy-brown/register

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Thursday
Jun 25
How to pivot
Online

Feel free to submit (and upvote) questions ahead of time on Crowdcast


Running a startup is hard enough as it is, but with a worldwide pandemic, it became a lot more difficult. And it forced any number of founders and teams to consider pivoting their product and market to survive.

If you're working through similar thoughts with your startup, hearing from folks who have already turned that corner might be helpful. So we're inviting you to join us for a conversation about pivots with Alisia Ford, founder and CEO of PIE and XXcelerate alum Glory Skincare, and Jonathan Minori, founder and Chief Product Officer for PIE and Techstars alum Caravel.

We'll talk through their experiences, their recommendations for founders who are considering a pivot, and how to communicate your intentions and reasoning to your team.

And as always, we'll also spend most of the conversation answering your questions. So if you've got questions or concerns, please share them so that we can get you the information you need.

By participating in this event, you agree to abide by the PIE Code of Conduct (http://www.piepdx.com/code-of-conduct)

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Tuesday
Jul 21
Apply to PIE: Question and answer session
Online

Feel free to submit (and upvote) questions ahead of time on Crowdcast


Thinking about applying to PIE? Have questions about the program? Curious as to what an accelerator even does? Wondering if the format is right for you? Cool. Let's talk about that. All of that.

Please join PIE online for a question and answer session to get more information on our programs and the benefits for early stage startups.

Questions about the differences among the programs we offer causing you to second guess whether you should even show up? Well, let's get that one answered first. Yes. The answer is yes. If you're a founder of an early stage startup, you should show up.

And in terms of the differences? PIE is an accelerator designed to support startups building digital products. PIE Shop is an incubator/accelerator designed to support startups manufacturing physical products. PIE Consumer is focused on traditional consumer products like food, beverage, apparel, footwear, beauty, pet products… you get the gist.

By participating in this event, you agree to abide by the PIE Code of Conduct (http://www.piepdx.com/code-of-conduct)

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Monday
Jul 27
The Startup Community Way
Online

Join us as PIE mentor Stephen Green talks with Ian Hathaway, coauthor of The Startup Community Way: Evolving an entrepreneurial ecosystem, the follow up to Startup Communities: Building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in your city by Brad Feld.

If you have questions about startup communities — or what Portland could be doing to become a better startup community — you won't want to miss this conversation.

"The Startup Community Way is an explanatory guide for startup communities. Rooted in the theory of complex systems, this book establishes the systemic properties of entrepreneurial ecosystems and explains why their complex nature leads people to make predictable mistakes. As complex systems, value creation occurs in startup communities primarily through the interaction of the parts—the people, organizations, resources, and conditions involved—not the parts themselves. This continual process of bottom-up interactions unfolds naturally, producing value in novel and unexpected ways. Through these complex, emergent processes, the whole becomes greater and substantially different than what the parts alone could produce.

"Although we are living in a booming age for startups, we need to think about the future. When the boom times slow, what will happen to our startup communities, and how will we ensure that entrepreneurial success is still within reach for everyone? This book provides a framework for answering these questions, looking at startup communities as complex systems that—given the right resources and support—can help entrepreneurs succeed and benefit society as a whole.

"If you have been involved in any way in building a startup community or entrepreneurial ecosystem in your city, The Startup Community Way is key to helping you understand the next phase of your journey."

The book releases on July 28, 2020. Preorder your copy: https://amzn.to/2WKt4Qe

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Tuesday
Jul 28
What startups need to know about accessibility
Online

Please join PIE for a conversation with Steve Axthelm, Principal Software Engineer at Puppet, to discuss product accessibility and how that applies to startups and engineering teams.

During this session, we'll cover topics like

  • Why you should care about accessibility
  • The legal history of accessibility
  • Accessibility standards like Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
  • Composing a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)
  • Questions you should ask your developers about accessibility
  • Where to find more information

… plus answering any questions you might have.

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Tuesday
Aug 4
What startups need to know about accessibility
Online

Please join PIE for a conversation with Steve Axthelm, Principal Software Engineer at Puppet, to discuss product accessibility and how that applies to startups and engineering teams.

During this session, we'll cover topics like

  • Why you should care about accessibility
  • The legal history of accessibility
  • Accessibility standards like Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
  • Composing a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)
  • Questions you should ask your developers about accessibility
  • Where to find more information

… plus answering any questions you might have

RSVP https://www.crowdcast.io/e/accessibility-for-startups/

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Sunday
Aug 9
PIE applications close
Online

Thank you for your interest in PIE, an early stage startup accelerator focused on SaaS offerings; PIE Consumer, an accelerator focused on growth stage consumer products; and PIE Shop, an advanced manufacturing and prototyping incubator to support the next generation of product companies. These programs are each designed to connect participants with peers, mentors, investors, and other critical connections, all in an effort to build better founders and to encourage companies to go further and faster than they would be able to go on their own.

Selected startups will join us virtually to work with their peers, PIE alums, and the world-class PIE mentor network. We'll provide you with advice, connections, discounts, support, and other benefits.

Interested? Cool.

Most responses are optional. But more complete applications help us with our decision. All information submitted to PIE via this form will be considered completely confidential and will not be disclosed to anyone outside the PIE selection committee.

If you would prefer to upload a presentation or one pager instead, please visit https://piepdx.com/apply-deck

APPLICATIONS CLOSE Aug 9, 2020, 11:59PM PT

Need to think about your answers? We highly recommend that you begin formulating your responses using our cheat sheet https://piepdx.com/prep

Questions? Contact Marquita Jaramillo, Program Manager, PIE, at [email protected].

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