StartUp PDX challenge: 24Notion supports entrepreneurship community

24Notion is one of the proud sponsor for Startup PDX! The Portland Development Commission (PDC) opened applications Tuesday May 20 for the 2014 Startup PDX Challenge, an annual competition designed to connect startups to the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Portland, Oregon and assist the businesses for one year through their early stage growth. PDC is seeking diverse founding teams of for-profit startups with an ambition to scale to a national or international market. Six winners will receive a prize package valued at $50,000 which includes a $15,000 cash grant (no equity taken), free rent for one year, and free services and memberships.  Applications close June 23 and the six winners will start the program October 1, 2014.

Challenge winners will receive a package valued at $50,000 per company:

  • $15,000 working capital grant (no equity taken)
  • Free rent for one year
  • Free legal services
  • Free marketing and PR services
  • Free hiring and HR services
  • Free memberships and access to eight different organizations and programs that focus on entrepreneurs

Challenge merit finalists will receive a package valued at $4,000 per company:

  • Scholarship to entrepreneurship class at Small Business Development Center
  • Discounted rate at Forge Portland coworking space
  • Free memberships and access to seven different organizations and programs that focus on entrepreneurs

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24Notion’s CEO/Founder Gets Up-Close and Personal with ASU Students

Ivo Lukas, 24Notion’s CEO/Founder, was sought out by ASU/STEM/WISE leaders for an exclusive interview opportunity with ambitious, technology-minded high school girls.  With a mission of supporting and understanding how women entrepreneurs/STEM leaders can make it to the top and then providing mentorship for young girls who want to follow those leaders’ footsteps, Lukas was a natural candidate to be interviewed. Our trusted leader at 24Notion jumped at the opportunity to reach out to young girls and reminisce on her journey from being a math-savvy high school student to top female STEM entrepreneur.

Dr. Robyn McKay, professor and mentor of a group of motivated, STEM/WISE-minded high school girls, acted as moderator extraordinaire during a casual question and answer interview style with Lukas.  The questions were created and presented by fifteen high school girls, who were participating in a daylong career fair, STEM workshop, and day-in-the-life conference, and each one were fun, personal and focused on advice and personal experiences.  The virtual and online interview was conducted over Skype video conference call – a fitting medium for a STEM-based discussion – and was then featured in Dr. Robyn McKay’s article, “3 Strategies for Increasing Self-Worth, Net Worth: Women in STEM” and made into a podcast, where you can listen here.

   

 

We picked the best take-aways from the interview and drafted a list of Ivo Lukas’ top advice in leaving your stamp in the STEM/WISE world. Below, you will find fundamental lessons and personal experiences from Lukas herself.  For more helpful words of wisdom, listen to the whole podcast.

1. Personal strengths – creative, innovative, and math-minded.  Even in High School she worked hard to make the things that she enjoyed her strengths and then utilize them in the technology world.

2.  What makes a good mentor – a good mentor breaks you out of your comfort zone.  There will always be people around to comfort you (i.e. parents, teachers, siblings) but a good mentor is one that encourages you to keep improving and pushes you to new experiences.

3. Vision for the future – keep pushing the envelope.  Lukas plans on keep building 24Notion, the business she built from the ground up, and taking on new challenges with the company.  She also plans on mentoring more with women and girls in STEM careers and donating her time and skills to philanthropic endeavors.  Proving she is a women of her word, Lukas has already kick started the Girls in Tech Mentoring Program (GITm) and has been a huge player in the continuing development of Girls in Tech, a non-profit social enterprise committed to engaging, educating, and empowering like-minded women to enter technology fields with confidence and a capacity for success.  Check out more about Girls in Tech and the mentorship program and stay ahead of the loop with Lukas’ Huffpost article on the next generation’s leaders in STEM.

4.  Biggest challenge/achievement  – 24Notion.  She started the company by its bootstraps and has been able to gain the funding needed to become a full global integrative creative marketing and lifestyle agency with a list of impressive clients.  She remembers when people told her that she was crazy for not only starting a business, but also giving so much back to philanthropic efforts.  24Notion has been ranked as #23 by Portland Business Journal on their list of most philanthropic companies, which shows that staying to your core values and listening to your own instincts is always important.

5.  What did you want to be in high school —  Everything.  Lukas disclosed that she dreamed of being a mathematician, scientist, flight attendant, CIA agent, and the list goes on.  Even with so many passions and work ambitions, everything that Lukas wanted to do came down to technology, creativity and art.

To hear more from Ivo Lukas, check her out at @MsSonicFlare

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Wrap Up: From Disruption to Default: Another successful OSCON 2011 + GIT Global Mentorship Program Inaugural Session

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On Thursday, July 28th 2011, Global Girls in Tech Mentorship Program kicked off their inaugural VIP sessions at Oscon. Fortune 500, academic, tech and entrepreneurs and leaders from all over the world gathered together to participate and support our kick-off meet-up. Thanks so much to everyone who showed up. We couldn’t have done it without your continued help and participation. Interested in participating? Drop me an email: ivo@girlsintech.net

For More info about GIT Mentorship. Watch live video interview with Ivo Lukas and OSCON 2011 and follow me @MsSonicFlare

GIT Mentorship Program sponsored by 24Notion

OSCON 2011 events, tracks, sessions and keynotes raised the bar again. Here are a few highlights of the keynote session and tracks:

- Rob Pike: The expressiveness of Go programming language

– Ariel Waldman: On hacking space exploration

- IBM: On building native mobile apps with phone gap. Becky Gibson and Simon MacDonald showed best practices on mobile apps

Microsoft Keynote by Gianugo Rabelino, Sr Director of Open Source Communities is quite great as he talks about the future of community: informed trends: education, repeatable science and experience

- Netflix, Kim Trott and Matt McCarthy on Javascript and HTML 5

-  Last but not least, Gabe Zichermann discussed the importance of Gamification

Check out full speaker list

Check out full program speaker and slides

Check out keynote and video interviews

Don’t forget to join Local GIT PDX Chapter

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