Past Meetup

Whiteboard Pitching: Pitch Black

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Price: $20.00 /per person
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What: Whiteboard Pitching for Portland based African-American Founders

When: Thursday July 23rd, 2015 - 5:00-7:45pm

Breakdown: 5:00pm-6:15pm social time, whiteboard pitching & Q&A 6:15pm-7:45pm, including audience voting, winners announced and given small denomination, non-sequential money.

Presenters: You will be giving a 3 minute pitch and drawing your ideas on a whiteboard telling the world about your company and you draw. You don't have to draw...but, it's kinda fun and kinda the idea. No Powerpoint allowed. There will then be a 5 minute Q&A with each founder answering questions from the audience.

Where: The Oregon Public House ( 700 Northeast Dekum Street, Portland, OR

Who: Co-Organizers & Emcees: Stephen Green @PDXStephenG ( and Maria Webster @MariaWebsterPDX ( (photo: Matt Monroe)

Pitching: 6 African-American founded Portland based startups from all industries, the audience will select three cash winners.

Audience: First 100 people can purchase tickets, all people are are allowed to buy tickets, just not pitch, capiche? Just PDX based African-American Founders will pitch.

Official Event Hashtag: #pitchblack

The purpose of the event is to give African American founders a platform to showcase their entrepreneurial talent.

Basis: There are over 3,500 African-American founded businesses in Portland, Oregon alone.

Tickets: $10 in advance, $20 at the door, limited to 100 people

100% of ticket sales will be awarded to the three best pitches chosen by the crowd. So dollars of tickets sold, divided by Pitchlandia

Scholarship tickets are available if $10 is a challenge at this time, contact Stephen Green - [masked]

Of course, the presenters are NOT buying their tickets, pitch events that charge for pitching are uncool.

Stephen Green is a Portland banker, entrepreneur, and beer loving Portlander. Currently with Albina Bank, Stephen is also a co-founder at The Oregon Public House, a nonprofit pub in a century-old building that sends it profits to designated charities.

Why Whiteboard Pitching? It solves two big problems we see in other pitch contest formats. Firstly, it’s different. After being blinded by one more soulless power point, we get tired. We want the founder to tell the story of HOW their company came to be in a genuine, engaging way. Secondly, and more importantly, it forces the founder to have a crystal clear, summarized nugget that explains why their company is great. What ís the story behind Whiteboard Pitching? In the second Steve Jobs era at Apple, the ad agency was getting a debrief from Apple management and Jobs was late to the meeting. The managers filled two hours with endless Powerpoint drivel and droned on and on. When Jobs showed up, he was informed that the session was all done and everyone was up to speed. Jobs proceeded to go to the whiteboard, and sequentially engaged the agency in a captivating 5 minute white board overview. He drew 14 things, crossed out all but two, and emphasized that those two items should be the concentration of all of Apples upcoming efforts. That clarity marked the beginning of Apple’s comeback after Job’s return. We figured if it was good enough for Apple, it is good enough for you.

PS. Note from Mark Grimes - John Callahan, my very good friend and dearly departed nationally syndicated cartoonist's autobiography based on his life, had the above cartoon as his books cover. The fully-abled and politically correct were outraged and perturbed by the cartoons insensitivity. Quads and normal people loved it. Please check your political correctness at the door. Let's focus on diversity as strength, and found and grow some great startups. Together.

Link to PBJ first Whiteboard Pitching event for Women Founders

DO You Want to Pitch?: If you're a Portland (or surrounding areas) African-American and has founded, or is close to founding your startup, apply to pitch by simply creating a 1-3 minute, one single shot, unlisted video ( ) on YouTube.

Please get your pitches uploaded by 5pm on Wednesday July 15th

Well be contacting participants over the weekend 7/17-7/19

Please be available for your personal 30 minute run thru on Tuesday July 21st

Once you've shot and uploaded your 1-3 minute unlisted video to YouTube please submit the link via this Google form: