Posts tagged “Portland Startup Ecosystem”

Moregon – bringing Oregon's entrepreneurs together


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We've said it before, but Oregon is a truly unique place for startups. In Portland, accelerators and startups tend to favor collaboration over competition – and it's lead to an explosively successful startup scene. It's reasons like this, and many more, that we love Oregon. And so we couldn't be more pumped to help support organizations like Techlandia and the new Moregon Project, that want to help foster this entrepreneur environment right here in Oregon. If you're not familiar with it yet, the Moregon Project aims to bring local entrepreneurs together to collectively make Oregon the best state to start and sell startups. 

Steve Case knows a thing or two about buying and selling startups in up-and-coming tech ecosystems. He found his own success in helping to build a startup ecosystem in Northern Virginia, and he recently wrote a guest post for The Wall Street Journal's Accelerators Blog about how this is the "dawn of a new era for U.S. entrepreneurship." Up until recently, startup entrepreneurs were basically required to be in Silicon Valley – but Case describes how times have changed. Startups can now be successful outside of the Valley, and are bringing innovation, job opportunities and economic growth to many other cities.

Portland is certainly in that boat. Tech entrepreneurs like Rick Turoczy and Skip Newberry have been carrying the tech startup torch here for years. They are truly the backbone behind Portland's startup ecosystem momentum. And now, Moregon is bringing entrepreneurs, investors and advisors together to build an even stronger foundation; one that hopes to replicate the success of places like Northern Virginia, Austin, and Boulder in fostering new companies.

Major props to Beth Lutz, the executive Director at Starve Ups, and Mitch Daugherty, Chair of OEN Board of Directors, and all the other incredible folks who are involved in Moregon. And stay tuned for more about this new project in the coming months. We're positive that it will make a significant impact here, and we're honored to be involved.


The role of accelerators in Portland


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recent article from Oregon Business Magazine (OBM) highlights the fact that it's not just startups booming here in Portland. It's also startup accelerators. OBM spotlights four new accelerators launching this spring: Nike+ Accelerator, Oregon State University's Venture Accelerator, Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute Bioscience Incubator, and finally, the Headwaters Farm Incubator.

But the article also questions the accelerator boom, pointing out that not all startups will succeed. While that may be true, startups – and accelerators – are now an integral part of Portland's business ecosystem. These accelerators are producing a steady feed of high-quality, enthusiastic startups that might not have otherwise considered launching in Portland. We look forward to meeting these graduates and talking to them about their next steps. 


PDX startups go prime time


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We're happy to report that there's a new blog in town dedicated to promoting the Portland startup ecosystem: Stumptown Startups

Stumptown Startups is run by local TV Station KATU News, and aims to "examine the growing startup scene in Portland and beyond." While the local tech and business press do a great job of covering the Portland startup scene, local broadcast networks haven't historically spent much time on the tech sector. If the news channels think this is worthy of their time, Portland startups must be getting closer to our goal of having a significant economic impact in Portland.

Stumptown Startups' first post spotlights Portland-based startup Simple, and we can't wait to see what's next. Props to KATU and reporter Erica Nochlin for giving Portland's startups some well-deserved attention. 


Portland: The startup accelerator capitol of the world?


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In today's Portland Business Journal, reporter Erik Siemers poses the following question: 

Is Portland the startup accelerator capitol of the world?

We certainly think so. And we're willing to bet that the other startup companies Siemers refers to – PIE, StarveUps, Portland Startup Weekend, Portland Seed Fund, Portland State Business Accelerator, Portland Ten, Oregon Entreprenuers Network, and the Oregon Technology Business Center – would also agree. What do you think?



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