Entrepreneurship in Portland
OEN is the largest entrepreneur assistance organization in the state of Oregon. OEN fosters the flow of entrepreneurial ideas, services, and capital to entrepreneurs and helps connect emerging Northwest businesses to growth-stimulating expertise and valuable resources. They provide support activities and programs, mentoring, and other resources to the entrepreneurial community. These may be of great interest and value to PSU students including OEN’s Angel Oregon, the largest annual angel investment conference in the area. Over the years, PSU students have competed in Angel Oregon to gain valuable networking exposure plus feedback on their business ideas, models, and pitches.
The TAO is dedicated to bringing together some of the brightest minds in the technology industry. The largest professional technology association in the Northwest, the TAO is comprised of over 350 companies in Oregon and SW Washington that are involved or affiliated with the software and technology industries.
The OTBC Provides coaching, networking events, entrepreneurship programs, and shared office space to help tech, biotech, cleantech and opentech start-up ventures succeed. They help companies avoid common setting-up problems, validate their market, protect intellectual property, develop a business plan, get investor-ready, close an investment round, Find the right team, and grow their start-up into a successful company. Watch for their online bootcamps – great opportunities for PSU students and faculty!
The PiE is a partnership among leading brands, technology innovators, and advertising and communications company, Wieden+Kennedy. PIE is a collaborative center and start-up incubator where brands, tech, and culture meet to explore and redefine brand experiences.
We’ll give you cash and office space to spend three months with us in beautiful Portland, Oregon. You and other promising co-founders will learn from our startups-in-residence, successful alumni, Wieden+Kennedy, and our mentor network. Not to mention we'll connect you with thought leaders from some of the world’s most successful brands. What's more, you’ll meet some of the most thoughtful investors in the startup scene and gain valuable exposure to Portland’s thriving mobile and open source development communities.
Portland Seed Fund (PSF)
The PSF selects entrepreneurs with great ideas and the passion and grit to see them through. Twice a year they invest in ‘classes’ of 6-8 entrepreneurs at a time, surround them with mentors, subject matter experts and a peer group of entrepreneurs, start them off with $25,000 investments, and see what they can do in 90 days. They reserve follow-on capital for top performers and introduce them to other funders, partners and acquirers. Watch for information on when the next round of applications is being accepted.
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE Oregon)
TiE is a global, not-for-profit network of entrepreneurs and professionals dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship. TiE provides a supportive platform for mentoring, networking, and education for both entrepreneurs and other professionals interested in economic value creation. Since 1992 TiE has grown into a network of 56 chapters in countries ranging from Sweden and Dubai to India and Malaysia and over 13,000 members worldwide. One of the objectives of the Oregon chapter is to bring the benefits of its national and international connections to local entrepreneurs by inviting distinguished speakers, hosting delegations and connecting our members to other chapters in the TiE network. Another aim is to help members explore markets in other geographic regions and bring foreign investment into Oregon. TiE Oregon has co-working space available in Hillsboro and hosts a number of events and programs that may be of interest to PSU students.
PDC business services concentrate on helping business create and retain jobs to grow and prosper. Existing, start-ups, or new-to-Portland businesses can get help navigating local programs; accessing financial and technical resources; and evaluating Portland as a viable and effective location where your company can thrive.
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch companies. Learn more about Start-up Weekend here.
Business Oregon networks with many organizations to help entrepreneurs find resources and access services to start a business in Oregon. Check out their website for links to many different resources and programs.
SBDC is an incredibly valuable and useful site with loads of information on programs available to assist entrepreneurs.
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