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Upcoming events (3)

How I Got Into Techstars, What Worked, What Didn't


Learn from those that went before you and get dialed in

Jim Foote, First Ascent Biomedical (Techstars Boston 2021)
Leah Weiss - Skylyte (Techstars Workforce Development 2022)
Trang Ho - Masa Fresh (Techstars Social Impact 2021)

Sarah Studer, Director of Platform - Techstars Seattle

Founder Walk & Talk #4 - Walk & Talk & Talk & Talk

The Dragonfly Coffee House

In association w/ our great friends at Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN)

Peer to peer founder support is the real deal.

Be there.

Like some kind of weird founder based Noah's Ark, founders walking two by two excitedly chatting w/ a fellow founder.

1/ We'll meet at The Dragonfly Coffee House to get jagged on caffeine @ 9am
2/ You'll pair off w/ a founder you've never met before
3/ 9:30am we'll walk two by two for an hour, to the best of our ability, and you will help each other w/ a current existing problem you're facing

Last time we had about 25 founders show up, please tell a founder friend to sign up too, now, ASAP

  1. Start at The Dragonfly Coffee House 2387 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR
  2. Walking 30 minutes up Thurman into the entrance of Forest Park
  3. 30 minutes in turn 180 degrees and you swap your walking partner for a new two by two
  4. Now head back to where we started
  5. It's like The Myth of Sisyphus, only we're walking instead of pushing a rock

Founders thoughts from the past three Walk & Talks
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Lovely walkabout, thanks

This event was so fun and enriching to connect with other founders. Like Arnold, “I’ll be back” thank you!

Fantastic! Boffo! I laughed! I cried! I s#%t my pants!

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day
-Henry David Thoreau (this guy's startup is a hard to find cabin, be aware)

Art by the incredible Carolyn Main

Founders Welcome Wagon V2

Electrica Coffee

What's Founders Welcome Wagon V2?

Getting new local startup founders attending this event connected w/ entrepreneur support orgs

Most support orgs (blue name tags) participated in the first event:

Business for a Better Portland (BBPDX)
Built Oregon | Mitch Dougherty
EO Portland (EO) |
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber (HMC) |
Hispanic Pros | Jorge Guzman
Livelihood NW | Colleen Slinkard
Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) | Cobi Lewis
North Bank Innovations | Dave Barcos
Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME) | Herb Yamamoto
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) | Cara Turano
Oregon Native American Business and Entrepreneurial Network (ONABEN) |
Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC) |
Oregon Pride in Business - ORPIB | Okima Daniels
Oregon Startup Center (OSC) | Jim McCreight & Julie Brown
Oregon Techworks Association | Tara Starr
Oregon Venture Fund (OVF) | Deepthi Madhava
OTRADI and Oregon Bioscience Incubator | Rene Miller
Past Lives | Morlock
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT)
Pitch Black | Stephen Green
PNW Packaged Food & Beverage Google Group (PNW F&B) | Hannah Kullberg
Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) | Rick Turoczy
Portland Oregon Women's Entrepreneur Roundtable (POWER) | Emily Emanuel
Portland Seed Fund (PSF) | Angela Jackson
PSU Capstone Program | Hande O. Buyuksahin
PSU Center for Entrepreneurship | Abigail Van Gelder
RAIN Catalysts | Caroline Cummings
Rogue Venture Partners | Caroline Lewis
Starve Ups | Kevin DeWhitt
Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) | Skip Newberry & Elaine Hsieh
TiE Oregon | Kari Naone
Upstart Collective | Josh Carter & Ben Parish
VertueLab | Juan Barraza
Xcelerate Women | Abby Guyer

Gov support orgs: Oregon Inc, Oregon SBDC, Portland Business Alliance, Portland SBA, Prosper Portland, Score Portland

What's a founder (red name tags)?

We're not picky. Could be food/bev, could be tech. Could be B2B, B2C, DTC. Could be a solopreneur, could be head of a 250 person company. Let's get everyone connected

Past events (70)

Startups & ChatGPT