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Wednesday
Jul 30, 2008
PDX Lunch w/ a VC-- meet with Epic Ventures & learn about VC funding.
CubeSpace [ *sniff* out of business 12 June 2009]

Come hang out with Epic Ventures to learn more about VC funding. Bring questions!

We'll have 45 min. of Q&A, then head out to lunch as a group.

(Make sure you watch at least one of the Gary Snoman VC videos before then: http://garysnoman.com)

Tuesday
Sep 9, 2008
FundingUniverse LivePitch
Stoel Rives LLP

What: LivePitch & Networking Event

Who: Entrepreneurs looking for feedback, entrepreneur community, angel investors, venture capitalists & service providers

When: Tuesday September 9, 2008

Venue: Offices of Stoel Rives (900 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 2600, Portland)

Time: 9 am - 10:30 am

Cost to Present (only 5 companies selected): $25 application fee, $75 presentation fee (if selected)

Application Deadline: Wednesday September 3, 2008

Cost to Attend as Spectator: FREE!

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Monday
Sep 29, 2008
PDX Coffee Clinic on Fundraising
CubeSpace [ *sniff* out of business 12 June 2009]

Coffee Clinics are a low-key way for startups to get answers and resolve obstacles. You can attend a free group Q&A, or schedule a 1-on-1 micro-consultation ($25/30 min.)

RSVP on Upcoming:

http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1136207/

More info:

http://coffeewithanexpert.com/coffeeclinic/coffee-clinics-at-cubespace/

Questions? Email info@coffeewithanexpert.com

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Saturday
Dec 6, 2008
"Financing the Good" Springboard Social Innovation Forum - FREE
Urban Grind East

With economic turmoil spreading from financial markets to local communities, it’s a tough season for raising funds to start or support good causes. Join us for this free event on December 10th to explore diverse ideas and new models for “financing the good.”

Panelists representing banking, angel investing, micro-philanthropy, and grant funding will discuss innovative approaches for funding social change that reflect shifts in the way their organizations do business. Specifically, they will highlight opportunities for "average" Portlanders to obtain funding for their social change projects and visions.

During the workshop segment, learn tips and tricks for obtaining one of Portland's community building or environmental grants, discover how community currency can fund social change, talk with a lawyer about how to apply for a 501(c)(3), learn how a social stock market generates seed funding for launching good ideas and how to implement "sustaining strategies."

Panelists: Mark Moffenbier, Shorebank Pacific Mark Holloway, Social Venture Partners Portland Amy Pearl, ChangeXchange Social Stock Market Joy Hunt, Vision into Action Grants

Workshops Angela Southwick, Neighbors West-Northwest Neighborhood Grants Emily Rice, Community Watershed Stewardship Program Environmental Grants Janelle Geddes, Metro Grants John Brown, Rooms for Peace Alan Rosenblith, Community Prosper, community currency Nancy Murray, Community Development Legal Clinic

The forum is sponsored by Portland-based nonprofit, Springboard Innovation. Springboard's mission is to launch community-led community change. The purpose of the forum is to empower "average" Portlanders with the resources and tools needed to take action to solve problems our society is facing.

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Thursday
Feb 5, 2009
Entrepreneurship Forum: Start-up funding ideas for tough times
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Finding the money to invest in your startup is tough even in normal times. With the global economic climate being what it is today this task is even harder. How do you find the right funding in this environment? Join our experienced group of Venture Capitalists Venky Ganesan, Managing Director of Globespan Capital, Carolynn Duncan, Micro-business expert and subject matter expert in VC /Angel funding & Bobby Kandaswamy, Director Strategic Investments at Intel Capital on Feb 5th to discuss the best ways of funding your company in a downturn.

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Wednesday
Mar 11, 2009
TiE Oregon SW & Internet SIG: Launching and Building Companies - How They Did It
Monsoon Software

TiE Oregon Software & Internet SIG is kicking off the first session devoted to Launching and Building Software & Internet Companies.

We will be hosting three special guests who will share their experiences on How They Did It, and offer perspectives on company growth.

Michael Berkley - CEO, Splashcast Media. SplashCast is a content syndication service for social networks and mobile devices. SplashCast enables brand advertisers and content owners to reach out and engage consumers through micro-channels of content that people want and share. SplashCast has raised funds from prominent angel investors in the last two years. Mark Friess - President and Co-founder, wired.MD, Inc. wired.MD helps patients and their families make informed healthcare decisions through access to patient education videos and comprehensive solutions that also benefit treatment providers. Following angel investor funding between 2000 to 2005, wired.MD took on debt financing in 2004 and 2007 from PDC and others before being acquired by Krames/StayWell, a division of MediMedia USA in 2008. Ranjit Pandit - Founder and VP, RNA Networks. RNA Networks makes makes memory a shared network resource to deliver high performance on commodity hardware utilizing existing data center resources, without application changes. Investors include Oregon Angel Fund, Divergent Ventures, Menlo Ventures and Reference Capital. Whether you are thinking, planning or in the midst of a startup, this is your opportunity to get insights from the diversity of industry, funding and growth experiences represented by these entrepreneurs.

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Wednesday
Jun 10, 2009
Social Innovation Forum
Urban Grind East

June's Forum focuses on sustainability. How do you implement innovation in a way that creates lasting change? How do you preserve and maintain the change you've worked for? This month's forum will guide you through both of these considerations, the two sides of real sustainability. Join us to share your ideas and discuss emerging local and national concepts and projects and how they are sustaining the good! The Springboard Social Innovation Forum offers a monthly event designed to support those interested in creating a better future. Our focus is to help practitioners or potential practitioners of social projects push beyond discussion and debate into action. Each Forum will inspire and teach with ideas, powerful role models, and stories. Speakers, content experts, panels, and workshops will help you improve your strategies for planning and launching effective social ventures. The Forum will create a context to connect, learn, and take action around ideas that lead to tangible change—all in a venue designed for building community. Cost is $5.00 at the door.

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Tuesday
Sep 22, 2009
SBIR/STTR - Defining Your Winning Phase I Proposal
PSU Business Accelerator

Take your understanding of the federal SBIR/STTR program to the next level. This half-day workshop will teach you the critical requirements for creating a competitive Phase I proposal for the federal innovation grants program that sets aside $2 billion annually to fund technology commercialization. This workshop will help you decide if you have an SBIR/STTR proposal that can win.

Defining Your Winning Phase I Proposal will take you to the next level in determining if this is the opportunity to help fund your innovation. It will go over program details that program managers don't usually tell you. And it will help you decide whether you can create a competitive proposal.

REGISTER NOW

Workshop Details: This half-day workshop will be interactive with opportunities for discussion and questions. Participants will learn:

  • Pre-qualification questions: Is SBIR/STTR right for your firm? Do you have a true innovation? Will your team be seen as credible?
  • The nuts and bolts of program rules, eligibility requirements, and general differences among agencies -- beyond what the program managers tell you
  • How can you avoid learning the hard way?
  • How to hone your story themes and approach that then become the crux of your Phase I proposal
  • The ins and outs of producing a competitive Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal
  • How to avoid losing
  • And critical dos and don'ts of electronic submission

The Instructor: Mark Henry is nationally known as an SBIR/STTR expert, and in the past three decades he has worked on some 1,800 proposals and has given more than 50 presentations at national SBIR conferences. Mark has also provided training in more than 30 states. While managing the government R&D marketing effort at Bend Research (Bend, OR) for 17 years, the firm won 175 of 350 SBIR/STTR proposals. Mark also has had an 83% win rate on 72 Phase II prototype/demonstration proposals.

When: Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Time: Registration/networking: 8:00 am. Workshop: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Where: Portland State Business Accelerator (directions below)

Cost: $75.00 - General Public

$60.00 - Members of sponsor organizations

Sponsors:

  • Portland State Business Accelerator (PSBA). (Note: All Oregon University System members eligible for discount.)
  • Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC)
  • Oregon Bioscience Association (OBA)

LOGISTICS

Location: Portland State Business Accelerator, Mt. Hood Conference Room - 209

Directions:< For GPS and online mapping directions to PSBA, use "SW Corbett Ave & SW Meade St, Portland, 97201" or click here for detailed driving instructions.

Parking: In PSBA lot at no charge.

Questions: call 503-725-2312 or email PSBA office.

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Wednesday
Sep 23, 2009
How to Access Federal Funding for Renewable Energy and Cleantech Projects
Perkins Coie (PDX)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law earlier this year with substantial funding for cleantech companies. The Recovery Act created new funding opportunities and increased funding for many existing programs.
Join us on Sept 23rd, for a discussion with William Malley, Perkins Coie's lead partner in Washington DC on how to access competitively awarded funding under the Recovery Act and other laws.

If you are a startup or an entrepreneur, and you want to understand how to access federal grants, loans, and loan guarantees, this event is for you.

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Thursday
Nov 19, 2009
Challenges in Securing Funding for your Healthcare IT Venture
PSU Business Accelerator

The current economic climate has limited access to capital and has left companies across the healthcare industry struggling to determine the best way to fund and fuel growth.

Our experienced panel, drawn from investors & executives with experience in Healthcare IT ventures both from a funding and entreprenuerial perspective, will address questions like: - What products, services, and technology sectors in healthcare are investors most excited about now? - What do investors want to see regarding company growth and exit strategy? - Which investors are best positioned to support my company in this current environment? - How should one approach valuation and other funding strategy discussions?

Panelists include: Bill Newman, Managing Director, NW tech ventures
Jim Plymale, CEO, Clinicient

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Tuesday
May 11, 2010
Due Diligence 2010: Strategies that protect and enhance a company seeking funding
PSU Business Accelerator

Executive team members from a recently funded medical device company will share insight into today’s investment landscape. Intended to provide C-level technology professionals an inside look at creating a winning diligence package, the discussion will be uniquely focused on maintaining an edge while engaging investors and working the process to the advantage of the company. Specific attention will be given to planning, positioning and focus at the various stages of investment including the initial approach, management of the “due dilly” process and orchestration of a successful close.

Speaker bios:

Michael J. Baker Mr. Baker has 27 years of executive management experience, including merger and acquisitions with Philips Medical, Lockheed Martin and GE. He has launched multiple entrepreneurial ventures in the medical device, medical IT and clean tech industries. Among these, most notable are the original picture archiving and communications system (PACS), an award-winning through wave acoustic holography system for non-radiation breast imaging and an ultra high-efficiency electric motor for use in alternative energy applications. Over the course of his professional career in innovation, his efforts have resulted in the successful commercialization of over 40 products.

Currently the CEO/President of Home Dialysis Plus (HD+), a venture-backed medical device company that is developing an innovative home dialysis system, and the Managing Partner of the Baker Group LLP, Mr. Baker has secured over $65 million on behalf of various companies over the past three years.

Joe Rasmussen Mr. Rasmussen specializes in financial leadership, CFO services, restructuring, raising capital, mergers & acquisitions and emerging growth. Currently the CFO of Home Dialysis Plus, he played an integral role in raising and closing the company’s recent capital investment. During his 25 years in executive management, Mr. Rasmussen has completed mergers and acquisitions, implementing a $32.5 million asset-based acquisition financing for CalTex Industries, a $120 million manufacturer of aluminum extrusions, and merging BioTek Solutions, Inc., a growth stage manufacturer of medical instruments and biochemical reagent solutions, into Ventana Medical Systems participating in the subsequent $200 million valued IPO. He raised $2 million initial seed capital and obtained $3.5 million term-sheet commitments from venture capital firms as COO and CFO for GreyPilgrim, Inc., taking a garage-based start-up to a $2 million early stage manufacturer of industrial robotic technologies.

Brenda Edin With 15 years experience in business development, Ms. Edin has proven performance in the development and implementation of integrated marketing, communication and business growth strategies. She has expertise in corporate collateral development, presentation and messaging relative to fundraising with specific experience in the medical device, clean tech and service industries. A seasoned grant writer, she has brought in over $3 million in both the non-profit and commercial sectors over the course of her career. Through her role as the Director of Business Development for Home Dialysis Plus and The Baker Group LLP, she has been a critical participant in advancing multiple emerging technology companies, raising over $65 million on their behalf.

Register: http://www.oen.org Date: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 Time: 8am – 10am

Where: Portland State Business Accelerator, Mt. Hood Conference Room - 209 SW Corbett Avenue & SW Meade, Portland http://www.psba.pdx.edu/drivingdirections

Parking: In PSBA lot; at no charge.

Cost: Free, registration required Questions: call 503-725-2312 or email PSBA office at psbainfo@pdx.edu.

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Wednesday
Aug 11, 2010
OEN PubTalk™: So You Think You Can Pitch?
Backspace

Come see four companies put it all on the line in a speed pitching competition. In this competition both the judges and the audience will tell the competitors if they’ve got what it takes to be a fundable company. A winner will be selected by the judges who will advance to the first round of OEN's Seed Oregon. The audience favorite will be mentioned on the OEN blog.

After the judges select the winner by voting with OEN Dollars, the judges will give feedback on each presentation, explain how they chose the winner, and answer questions from the audience and the contestants.

The judges: Nick Stanley

Diane Fraiman

Kathleen A. Sego

Interested in Competing? There is no fee to apply to compete, however, you must be an OEN member to be eligible. If you are not an OEN Member, join here or call Rori Homme, OEN's Director of Membership, at 503-222-2270 x 13 to join.

To apply to "So You Think You Can Pitch?" visit the OEN website and submit your materials by Monday, August 2nd, 2010.

There you will need to submit the following information: (1) A copy of your executive summary (no need for secret sauce or specific numbers, simply publish what you are willing to present in public) (2) A brief explanation (no more than 1 page, 12 pt font, single spaced) of why you think your company is a promising investment

Items For Purchase Click here to use your OEN Member Login Information to register for the OEN Member items. (Please note that if the item is grayed out it means you have not yet logged in)

Available Items Price Qty
OEN Member Registration: $15.00 *
Non-Member Registration: $25.00 *

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moderator: - Norm Duffett, President, Orca Capital Corporation

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

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

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Monday
Mar 21, 2011
Willamette Angel Conference Business Plan Submission Deadline
CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Corvallis

The Willamette Angel Conference is an investor conference, connecting early stage and seed businesses with angel and venture investors. Entrepreneurs and start-ups can submit their business plans for review and coaching, ultimately vying for a minimum $140,000 investment. Connecting Start up Businesses with Qualified Investors

The Willamette Valley boasts a high number of businesses that highlight the rugged individuality, forward thinking, technology and entrepreneurship that are part of Oregon's proud heritage.

Attendees will include members of organized angel groups, individual angels, prospective angels, and early-stage investment firms as well as entrepreneurial ventures and start ups interested in obtaining angel funding.

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Wednesday
Apr 20, 2011
Clark County PubTalk
AHA!

Clark County PubTalk
April 20th is Pitch Night @ Vancouver’s PubTalk

Join us at Vancouver’s PubTalk for a fast-paced networking evening where you’ll see 3 start-up companies pitches, & connect w/over 100 local start-ups, small-business owners, business professionals, investors, & service providers from both sides of the river.

Event Details:

    AHA!    
    415 W 6th Street Ste 605,    
    Vancouver, WA 98660    
    5-8 pm   
    Cost:OEN Members: $20   
                Non-Members: $25   

    Register: http://bit.ly/hNtYD9

Presenting Companies:
• GroEasy:Designer/Manufacturer of GroEasy Grow Bags
• Bowserwear:Designer/Manufacturer of Healers™ medical devices for the veterinary industry • Stark Foundations: Manufacturer of “no-concrete” proprietary fab systems used in erecting tower structures.

Event Sponsors:
• Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
• Eric Fuller & Associates, Inc.
• Kristine M. Peterson | Talbot, Korvola & Warwick, LLP

For more info:

    contact Maria Swanson, PubTalk Coordinator: (678) 314-6228   
    mdcswanson@gmail.com

Clark County PubTalk: • OEN • SWWDC  •  CREDC •

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Thursday
May 12, 2011
Willamette Angel Conference
CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Corvallis

The Willamette Angel Conference is an investor conference, connecting early stage and seed businesses with angel and venture investors. Entrepreneurs and start-ups can submit their business plans for review and coaching, ultimately vying for a minimum $140,000 investment. Connecting Start up Businesses with Qualified Investors

The Willamette Valley boasts a high number of businesses that highlight the rugged individuality, forward thinking, technology and entrepreneurship that are part of Oregon's proud heritage.

Attendees will include members of organized angel groups, individual angels, prospective angels, and early-stage investment firms as well as entrepreneurial ventures and start ups interested in obtaining angel funding.

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Wednesday
Jun 22, 2011
Pubtalk:Double-Pitch & Hot Mic Night:Vancouver/Clark County:6/22 5-8pm
AHA!

PubTalk:Vancouver/Clark County:6/22 5-8pm

Double-Pitch + Hot-Mic Night: June 22 : Join us for a high-energy networking evening and connect with over 130 local small business owners, investors, entrepreneurs, and business professionals from both sides of the river.

Presenting 2 start-up company pitches w/review by expert panelists and introducing five 90-sec. spots at the new 'Company Hot-Mic’.

Date/Time: Wed June 22, 2011: 5pm–8pm Venue: AHA! 415 W 6th Street Ste 605, Vancouver, WA 98660 Cost: OEN Members: $20 • Non-Members: $25 Register: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=vrbsh

Presenting Companies:

• GLOBAL INSPECTION SOLUTIONS:  GIS’s 3D scanning process scans & compares to quickly ID Mfg. defects

www.globalinspectionsolutions.com

• HELIDYNE: Innovative geothermal devices replace turbines and can process brine directly from geothermal wells

http://www.helidynepower.com

Expert Panelists:

   •  Spencer J. Brown 
   •  Kermit Yensen 
   •  Michael A. Kaplan

Many thanks to our Event Sponsors:

   •  First Independent Bank   http://bit.ly/iIeAxz
   •  Talbot, Korvola & Warwick, LLP   http://bit.ly/kT7gmG
   •  Rylander & Associates PC     http://bit.ly/jeBbbK
   •  Eric Fuller & Associates, Inc    http://bit.ly/mptPgt
   •  O’Shansky’s Pub and Restaurant       http://on.fb.me/ittrBt
   •  Alling Henning Associates Inc.   http://bit.ly/l21uev
   •  Chris Bidleman Photography   http://bit.ly/mOxIbR
   •  Wideangle Studios    http://bit.ly/iFs2vF

Questions/info: contact Maria Swanson, PubTalk Coordinator

     mdcswanson@gmail.com
     (678) 314-6228
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Wednesday
Nov 9, 2011
OEN PubTalk – Seed Oregon Round 3
Backspace

OEN PubTalk – Nov 9th, 5:15-7:30pm

OEN PubTalk – Seed Oregon Round 3

Want to learn what it takes to raise capital? Then OEN’s Seed
Oregon PubTalks are for you. Apply to participate or register for
Round 3 of OEN Seed Oregon.

Presenting Companies

   • Chainge Capital 
      http://www.chaingecapital.com
   • My Replay Live 
      http://www.myreplaylive.com
   • Cloudfeet, Inc.  
      http://www.cloudfeet.com 

      Register: http://www.oen.org/events.aspx?id=225

Become a 5-Minute Pitch Company

PubTalk is a lively forum where very early-stage entrepreneurs 
from any industry get a chance to test their company pitch in front 
of an audience of their peers. 
Presenters and attendees alike, learn from the challenging 
questions, which test the presenting entrepreneur’s business 
model.
Companies interested in presenting at PubTalk can apply here: 
http://www.oen.org/5_minute_pitch.aspx

Venue: Backspace

      115 NW 5th Ave 
      Portland, OR 97209 
      www.backspace.bz 
      (503) 248-2900
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Friday
Sep 28, 2012
How to Fund your Startup
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

Investors rarely fund a startup that is at the "idea" stage. So how does an entrepreneur fund an early stage startup? At this 2 hour workshop at OTBC you'll learn how to leverage sources of funding ranging from microloans, grants and seed funds to angel and venture capital investors. Will also cover funding strategy: when to raise how much from where - and why.

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Thursday
Oct 11, 2012
How to Fund your Early Stage Startup
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

How do you fund a startup at the "idea / discovery" phase? That's typically too early for investors, so how can you find startup capital?

Video 2 of the OTBC Online Startup Camp covers a wide range of funding sources you'll want to consider. Topics include founder resources, Friends and Family, CrowdFunding, Government Grants, Micro-loans, Seed Funds, and more.

Check out the video at

http://www.onlinestartupcamp.com/?q=node/12

and join us for the meetup to discuss early stage funding options.

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Thursday
Oct 25, 2012
Venture Capital 101
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

This week's topic for OTBC's Online Startup Camp is Venture Capital 101. View the 24 minute video any time that's convenient, then join us for the discussion on Oct. 25.

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Tuesday
Nov 13, 2012
SBIR/STTR National Conference
through DoubleTree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland - Lloyd Center

The Micro-enterprise Inventors Program of Oregon (MIPO) and the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDC) will host the SBIR/STTR 2012 National Conference: Crack the Code an event that welcomes entrepreneurs, businesses, government agencies, innovators, universities, and community partners to Portland, Oregon.

SBIR/STTR are competitive federal government grant programs that fund small businesses to develop innovative, high-risk technologies with the goal of increasing private sector commercialization into the marketplace. This conference will provide critical information to small businesses competing for SBIR/STTR grants and contracts, which amount to approximately $2.5 billion in funding annually.

Entrepreneurs can meet one-on-one with federal program managers; learn from SBIR/STTR past recipients, and tap into successful commercialization strategies through experts in the field.

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Wednesday
Feb 6, 2013
SmartPitch: Creating an Effective Investor Pitch
Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce

To close funding from investors, you first must accomplish some key milestones. When it's time to pitch investors, you must convey the investment opportunity and what you've accomplished in a compelling way that motivates the investor to want to learn more.

In this OTBC/OEN workshop you'll learn what headway investors expect that you've already made, and what topics they want to learn about in a pitch. And you'll learn about effective pitch techniques, and effective pitch tactics. In the interactive portion of the workshop, you'll develop and delivery the front-end of an investor pitch - one of the hardest pieces: a description of the problem or unmet need, and a description of your solution both of which are concise, compelling and motivating.

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Thursday
Feb 20, 2014
TiE Panel: Founders' Funding Stories
TiE Pearl Incubator

We often see headlines like these:

  • "Verizon Investments Leads Funding Round in MobileRQ"
  • "OpenSesame Lands $8M"
  • "OnTheGo Raises 700K Seed Funding from Foundry Group's AngelList Syndicate"
  • "AppThwack gets backing from In-Q-Tel"

If you are an entrepreneur pitching at pitch competitions and to groups of investors, an outcome like that can often seem like a pipe dream. You might think it's just a question of luck, or that you just have to have a lot of passion for your idea; but it takes the right combination of factors to make such deals happen.

The basic premise is obvious: investors want a return on their investment. But how do you get introduced to the right investor for your company? What is going to convince them that they will get a return on the investment? How do you negotiate the deal?

One great way to get answers to some of these questions is by hearing the stories of founders who have received funding in the last 6 months.

Join us for a panel discussion on closing a round of funding with the founders of the very same companies that featured in the headlines above! Don't miss this opportunity to learn from these entrepreneurs' experience and meet and ask them your questions!

Our panelists are

  • Tyler McKinley (CEO/Founder of MobileRQ,
  • Josh Blank (SVP/Founder of OpenSesame),
  • Ryan Fink (CEO/Founder of OnTheGo Platforms),
  • Trent Peterson (Co-Founder of AppThwack)

The discussion will be moderated by Monica Enand (Founder/CEO of Zapproved, TiE Charter Member).

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Thursday
Apr 10, 2014
Create an Effective Investor Pitch
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

We suggest that entrepreneurs not worry about pitching until your company is investor ready. But when the time is right, create a truly effective pitch that combines the right preparation, content, delivery and follow-up. In this seminar, we describe how to do that.

Included Tools: OTBC Pitch Checklist

This is part of the OTBC Get Started series.

When: Thursday, Apr. 10, 4pm-5:30pm
Where: OTBC
Cost: $15

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Thursday
Oct 9, 2014
OTBC: Fund your Startup
OTBC

When you are at the Idea stage, it's not likely that investors will be willing to invest. Fortunately, there are other sources of funding that are available for early stage funding. We'll describe quite a few of the funding sources that you can leverage to build your startup, from loans, to grants, to crowdfunding, and then yes, even investors - and more.

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Tuesday
Oct 28, 2014
Grants for Startups
Golden Valley Brewing

There are grants available for startups - including the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the federal government. At this West Side PubTalkTM, you'll learn from entrepreneurs who have taken advantage of various grant programs. In particular, you'll hear from eWind Solutions, which just recently submitted an SBIR grant application to the US Department of Agriculture, and Sonivate which has obtained several millions of dollars in grant funding from the Department of Defense.

During networking time before and after the panel, you'll be able to talk with representatives from the Small Business Administration, Business Oregon , and Oregon BEST about programs they have to help entrepreneurs get grants.

Come learn what you need to know to take advantage of grant opportunities.

This West Side PubTalk is brought to you by the City of Hillsboro, the City of Beaverton, and the Oregon Technology Business Center

When: Oct. 28, 5pm to 8pm Where: Golden Valley Brewery (map) Cost: $15 (includes food and drink ticket!)

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Wednesday
Nov 4, 2015
How SheerID Raised $9 million from Angels
Golden Valley Brewery

At this Westside PubTalk(TM) you'll learn about how SheerID navigated the challenges of startup fund-raising. Early in their history, the SheerID founding team attended a 3 month boot-camp at OTBC. Since then, the team has consistently grown the business, and funded that growth by raising approximately $9 million from angel investors and, recently, more than $5 million in venture capital funding. SheerID CEO Jake Weatherly will share some of the strategies and lessons-learned as the SheerID team raised funding and built the company.

The Westside PubTalk is sponsored by the City of Hillsboro, City of Beaverton, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and Beaverton’s Oregon Technology Business Center.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 4 with food and networking at 5 PM, the program at 6 PM Where: Golden Valley Brewpub, 1520 NW Bethany Blvd in Beaverton Cost: $15 fee includes food and one drink ticket

Please register at the OTBC website: http://otbc.org/how_sheerid_raised_9_million_from_angels

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Monday
Feb 1, 2016
Portland Startup Week: Success and Challenges of Diverse Startup Founders Raising Money
PSU Business Accelerator

Success and Challenges of Diverse Startup Founders Raising Money

Date: February 1st. Location: PSU Business Accelerator Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Join us for a candid conversation with 5 Portland CEO's and their take on how to raise money from Angel Investors and VC when you don’t fit the profile of traditional startup founder. They will be sharing their success and challenges while raising capital and their opinion of what needs to change to provide early access to capital to startups with diverse founding teams. the event will be hosted by the PSU Business Accelerator and coffee is sponsored by the Association of Latino Professionals for America

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Wednesday
Feb 3, 2016
Portland Startup Week: Investing in Justice
Idealist

There's been a recent shift in how activists are trying to bring about social change, and SJF is at the forefront of this shift.

Come find out how you can get involved!

This article has a great breakdown on this new trend of entrepreneurial activism:

For some activists, being entrepreneurial has meant the following things: treating their activist work like a business, turning to popular social media platforms to put out their own press releases and looking for people to invest in their initiative with money and not just good faith.

More about the hosting organizations:

Social Justice Fund Northwest is a foundation working at the frontlines of social change. They leverage the resources of their members to foster significant, long-term social justice solutions throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana & Wyoming.

PDXNALTA is a networking group for underrepresented people of color in tech.

Idealist is all about connecting idealists - people who want to do good - with opportunities for action and collaboration. With more than 100,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to our English, Spanish & French sites, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world.

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Thursday
Mar 3, 2016
West Side PubTalk(TM): Fund your Startup
Golden Valley Brewery

At this West Side PubTalk(TM) we’ll discuss how do you fund a startup when the resources of the founders and friends and family run out? There are angel investors and venture capital firms, but they aren’t the only sources of funding for startups, and they are often not the right fit. Fortunately, there are other options. Some of those options are:

Seed funds in Oregon invest anywhere from $10,000 to $250,000 in startups.

Banks will make loans to small businesses – but the business does have to meet some key requirements.

The federal SBIR program can provide $1 million in grant funding or more

At this West Side PubTalk, you’ll learn more about all three of these sources from a panel that has experience in each of these three types of funding.

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Wednesday
Mar 16, 2016
Pitch Oregon
Ziba Design, 1044 NW 9th Ave., Portland, OR 97209

Pitch Oregon provides founders the opportunity to win prizes consisting of free consulting and services to help you take your company to the next level while learning valuable insight from a judging panel that consists of successful entrepreneurs, VCs and Angels. A Grand Prize in the amount of $2,500-$10,000 will be given to the over-all winner!

What’s different about this Pitch Competition? In addition to listening to some of Oregon’s finest entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts and companies, you will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with Angels, VCs and Mentors from all around Oregon! In an effort to truly make this an event for all Oregon entrepreneurs, we have enlisted the assistance from organizations from around the state.

2016 Finalists: A winner in each category will the announced and will receive a prize package consisting of free consulting and services to help you take your startup to the next level A Grand Prize in the amount of $5,000 – $10,000 will be given to the over-all winner! A complete list of prize packages can be found here.

Concept Stage – - SQWAD Fantasy (Portland, Ore.) - ArtSmart (Portland, Ore.) - TOUGHER (Corvallis, Ore.)

Seed/Bootstrap Stage – - Poda Foods (Portland, Ore.)* - Red Plate Foods (Bend, Ore.) - TripGrid (Portland, Ore.)

Mature Stage – - DADO Labs (Portland, Ore.) - Waitrainer (Eugene, Ore.) - Royalty Spirits (Portland, Ore.)*

Judging Panel: - Marcelino Alvarez, Founder and CEO of Uncorked Studios - Greg Ennis, Managing Partner, Peninsula Ventures - Diane Fraiman, Partner, Voyager Capital - Julie Harrelson, CEO, Harrelson Group Inc., Fund Manager Cascade Angels - Nitin Rai, Cofounder & CEO of First Insight, Managing Director of Elevate Capital and President of TiE Oregon

Plan to Watch? Not interested in pitching an idea, but still want to attend? We have you covered. Tickets are only $15 for members, $35 for non-members and $10 for students. Ticket can be purchased online here.

Emcees: - Paige Hendrix Buckner, CEO and Founder of Client Joy, and Young Entrepreneurs Educator at TiE Oregon - Ajay Malhotra, Vice President, Technology & Media Practice Group at CBRE

Thank you Sponsors: Oregon BEST Elevate Capital KS&Co. Deskhub Client Joy Tonkon Torp Atmosera Jones & Roth Act-On Software Edelman

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Tuesday
May 17, 2016
TiE Portland Pitch Club - Pitch Practice with your Peers
DeskHub

During the 5th installment of “The Perfect Pitch,” Tom Kingsley will discuss the 7th item to cover in the perfect investor pitch – The Competition!

Competition – current, potential, and your defense

As always you, the participant will have the chance to stand and give your pitch too! Pitch Club is an ongoing series of events where entrepreneurs can practice their pitch in a supportive environment. This could be a sales pitch, concept pitch, investor pitch, etc. whatever kind of pitch you need feedback on! Come to Pitch Club regardless of the stage you are in.

There is no need to have attended the other installments to attend this one – we look forward to seeing you there!

—————————–Tom Kingsley————————–Tom has conceived, built, and managed new product lines and businesses for over 30 years as a technology executive of several startups and Fortune 500 companies including Synopsys, Sharp, Xilinx, Avnet, and Citibank. As co-founder and CEO of CrowdCompass, Tom most recently guided the company from founding through successful start-up, financing, acquisition, and integration.

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Tuesday
May 24, 2016
Small Business Funding (Lunch+Learn) Seminar for SBIR Grants by Oregon Best
DeskHub

Calling on tech entrepreneurs for a small business funding seminar! Are you looking for funding for your proprietary technology? Please sign up!

Oregon Best funds and supports cleantech startups and we are hosting a series of small business funding seminars for SBIR/ STTR grants.
This is a Lunch + Learn event - sign up here - best $10 you'll ever spend! 12 - 1:30pm Tuesday May 24th.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-learn-small-business-funding-seminar-tickets-25210896470

We will start with a 10 min overview Oregon Best and what we do ( and explain what cleantech is) followed by a 30 min in-depth SBIR/ STTR presentation by expert Leon Wolf.
We will give you an overview of the process, understand eligibility requirements and give free support in applying for grants for appropriate companies.

Many people get confused by the word cleantech. We want to clarify and shed light on the wide range of technologies that fall under this category.

The hope is that more people will: 
a.) see themselves and their tech as possibly falling under the "cleantech" umbrella 
b.) contact us about their technology c.) seek eligibility and support in applying for an SBIR/ STTR grants.

Oregon Best invests at very early "risky" stages - before the technology has been proven.
We then support startups in several ways by: 
a.) Investing between $50k - $250 per startup 
b.) Making Introductions / networking with key partners
c.) Funding interns to work in their company d.) Connecting co's to an experienced CEO or Entrepreneur-In-Residence to help them navigate growth, priorities, business plans, pitches e.) Help with manufacturing / scale up through our partnerships f.) showcasing the company at conferences, trade shows and BESTFEST g.) Support with Government grants SBIR/ STTR

Please register to attend! Lots of great information to learn about and resources to help tech startups.

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Thursday
Jan 19
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
Mar 9
Pitch Club PDX
CENTRL Office

Pitch Club is an ongoing monthly series where entrepreneurs can practice their pitch and business plan with real feedback from peers, investors, and mentors. Tom Kingsley creates a dynamic and realistic environment with a deep understanding of what the investors are looking for.

For more information about TiE Oregon please visit our website! http://oregon.tie.org/

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Wednesday
Apr 19
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/

Saturday
Apr 22
Oregon Science Startup Forum
Collaborative Life Sciences Building

The Oregon Science Startup Forum is a one-day course in science entrepreneurship.

It's designed for students and professionals of all levels to meet science entrepreneurs, hear from their experiences and meet and connect with intellectual property lawyers and experts in turning science into businesses.

Hosted by the Portland Section of the American Chemical Society.

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Sunday
May 21
TYE (The young entrepreneur) State Competition
Intel Hawthorn Farms 3 (HF3) Campus

TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) is a Global program aimed at fostering our future generation of entrepreneurs. TYE focuses on teaching entrepreneurship to high school students and helping them discover the rewards and challenges of becoming an entrepreneur. During the program the students form teams, go through workshops focused on different aspects of business and entrepreneurship, and then create products and companies.

This year, teams will be coming from schools all around the Portland Metro area including Jesuit, Reynolds, Benson, Catlin Gabel, Rosemary Anderson, and others.

Teams compete at the state level first and the winner of each chapter goes on to the Global Competition to compete for cash prizes. This year, the Global Competition is taking place in Irvine California at the end of June.

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Thursday
May 25
Pitch Club PDX
CENTRL Office

Pitch Club is an ongoing monthly series where entrepreneurs can practice their pitch and business plan. Tom Kingsley creates a dynamic and realistic environment. 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.

We will be kicking off the night with a special guest speaker from Ruby Receptionists!!

Get Knock-your-socks-off Service with the Ruby Service Pyramid

A great customer experience is not only the biggest driver of customer loyalty but also a primary method for building valuable word-of-mouth buzz that brings in new business. During our time together, I’ll share Ruby’s recipe for delivering legendary service, which includes building a foundation for trust, loyalty and relationships, and how you too can use this formula to attract and retain customers.

Guest Speaker

Christina Burns is the VP of Service at Ruby Receptionists. She’s been in the customer service industry for over a decade, and has learned some incredibly valuable lessons over the years. She has a passion for sharing information and encouraging businesses to focus on customer experience as a key business metric, and she wholeheartedly believes that fantastic customer service can make the world a better place.

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Thursday
Jun 8
Pitch Club PDX
CENTRL Office

Pitch Club is an ongoing monthly series where entrepreneurs can practice their pitch and business plan. Tom Kingsley creates a dynamic and realistic environment. 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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Wednesday
Nov 8
Intro to Startup Funding
The Bridge Incubator

Finding funding sources for your startup can be difficult.

Come spend an evening with us and a panel of local experts who can help you explore how to fund your venture. We will talk about the pros and cons of raising that first funding to get rolling.

• Friends and family • Angels / angel groups and funds • Crowd Funding • Private Equity

Our expert panel will discuss when each can be appropriate and when. What angel investors are looking for? and What are the pros and cons of each investment type at each company stage?

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Tuesday
Nov 14
Courting Angels: Raising Money For Your Startup
WeWork Pioneer Place

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About the workshop: Raising money from angel investors is often a critical step in the founder journey, yet there is little in the way of tactical support, or clearly defined methodology, to support this area of work. Founders can feel unprepared or intimidated by a project that, more than any other, requires competence and confidence.

Courting Angels: A Tactical Guide To Raising Money For Your Startup is a concise workshop designed to demystify this process and provide a step by step approach for entrepreneurs tasked with raising capital to grow. It is based on a unique, proven and teachable methodology that has delivered unparalleled results for founders who have used it.

Snacks and Drinks provided!

About the speaker: Sara Batterby is most recently the Founder of Hifi Farms, a cannabis cultivation company in Oregon. Prior to cannabis she was a long time entrepreneur and a partner in an angel fund in Silicon Valley. She has delivered this workshop to thousands of founders at conferences all around the country and has used this methodology to raise millions for her own business and for the businesses of those she works with on an advisory and consulting basis.

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