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West Side PubTalk (tm) a Rousing Success

More than 50 people registered for the first West Side PubTalk on May 20 at the Golden Valley Brewery to learn about Crowdfunding.  Ryan Frayne and Zeke Comusio with Windcatcher Technology and Mike Whitehead and Ron Khormaei  wtih FINEX Cast Iron Cookware shared their lessons learned from their recent Crowdfunding experience.   Windcatcher Technology raised $149,405 in 30 days, 298% of their fundraising goal, and FINEX raised $211,027 in 30 days, 844% of their fundraising goal.

7 Steps to Finding a Co-founder

Finding a co-founder takes networking, but that networking will be more effective if you take the time to be prepared.  And even without a co-founder, you can make headway in moving your business forward, and that, by itself, is very empowering.  Here are 7 steps that will help you move your business ahead while increasing the odds that you'll find the right co-founder:
 

OTBC Receives Highest Rating in PSU Study

The Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) received the highest possible ranking in the Oregon Founder’s Study, a collaborative study performed by the Oregon Entrepreneurial Network (OEN) and Portland State University (PSU) Associate Professor Charla Mathwick. 

“Based on that question, OTBC was ranked as one of the top providers of services to the local start-up community,” said Mathwick. "Founders have told me that the best advice for guiding their business often comes from fellow founders.” OTBC was rated among many mentors, but was the only incubator that received top honors, 3 out of a possible 3. 

5 Things you MUST Understand Before Raising Money

Confused about new SEC rules? You’re not the only one. While the entire Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) has yet to come into effect, parts of it have, significantly changing the landscape for entrepreneurs trying to raise money for their companies.

Here are 5 things you MUST understand before raising money:

Before you Pitch, Understand the JOBS Act

The parts of the Act that went into effect in September of 2013 have a big impact on how you verify whether an prospective investor actually does qualify as an accredited investor. That's just one of the considerations you'll need to understand before making any public pitch.

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Audio of Steve Blank at the Bend Venture Conference

As usual, EDCO (Economic Development for Central Oregon) put on a great show at the 2013 Bend Venture Conference.  The winner of the $250,000 investment was Nouvola. Ochoco Arms won the Concept stage prize of $10,000. One of the highlights of the show was Dino Vendetti's one hour "Fireside Chat" with serial entrepreneur Steve Blank.

Hardware Pitch Contest Results

WinnersThe inaugural Hardware Startup Pitch Contest culminated in an October 3 pitch event.  Joint sponsors were OTBC and Axiom Electronics, who both donated cash for prizes.

Vivek Manoharan (Odd I/O) was the $1,000 winner, with Shashi Jain (Dongle Kong) winning the $300 runner-up prize.

Four startups were finalists, and they presented their pitches for the $1000 cash prize. They were:

Hardware Pitch Event - Oct. 3



Register now for the Hardware Pitch Event!  We received some exciting applications and are reviewing them now.   We're expecting a great collection of very interesting presentations. Join us on October 3 for something different: pitches that involve hardware!

Sponsored by OTBC and Axiom Electronics

 

When: Oct. 3, 3pm to 5pm

Location: To be announced

To register, click here.

Tau Science Announces SBIR Grant for $1 million

OTBC graduate Tau Science Corporation announced that it has been awarded a $1 million Department of Energy grant for the continued development of its proprietary FlashQE® technology.  Work done through the award will help increase the lifetime and reliability of solar panels while decreasing the cost to consumers. 

“The technology provides real-time device characterization in a manufacturing environment that is simply unobtainable by conventional means,” explains Gregory Horner, Chief Technology Officer, “This allows our customers to react quickly to process excursions and maximize the yield of their lines.”

How Many Incubators/Accelerators are there in Oregon?

Incubators/AcceleratorsHow many startup incubators and/or accelerators are there in Oregon? Of course, it does depend on how exactly what you mean by incubator and accelerator.  The terms are not exactly well defined.  Being fairly flexible with the definitions, I count a total of 25 accelerators and incubators in the state.  



Are there any that I missed? Check out the full list at this link, and let me know what's missing by posting a comment.

Note: this post was updated with additions that were pointed out in the comments.

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