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Portland Business Journal: PSU Pitch Fest finalists take on social, environmental issues
Author: James Cronin
Posted: January 19, 2016

Read the original story in the Portland Business Journal's Sustainable Business Oregon blog. 

Portland State University's Impact Entrepreneurs program has unveiled which socially minded investors will give rapid-fire pitches to investors.

The third annual Pitch Fest, which takes place Feb. 5, features entrepreneurs who are in the early stages of launching social enterprise concepts. The idea is that those making the pitches will work on social and environmental issues.

The event, at Portland State University's Lincoln Theater, is expected to attract around 400 people. A live audience vote determines an audience winner that takes home $1,000.

Here are the finalists.

  • Verbal Escape: The spoken word poetry and hip hop curriculum serves incarcerated juveniles and aims to build the community through writing.
  • Manage My Co-Op: The software-as-a-service platform saves time, effort and money for those managing buying clubs. The tool allows users to purchase products that fit their values and standards that might otherwise be out of their price range or location.
  • ParticipAid: The group works with survivors of natural disasters to build and implement plans for community recovery and long-term development. It provides training, mentorship and direct investments, as well as data-driven research and evaluation to continually improve and share results.
  • Camions of Care: The notion supports menstrual hygiene management through the global distribution of feminine hygiene product care packages to women in need, and by developing youth leadership with a nationwide network of campus chapters.
  • Young Mountain Tea: The group wants to introduce teas from the Kumaon region in the Indian Himalayas into the U.S.