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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Powered by 24Notion: TAO Tech Awards 2014

24Notion is proud to present all media at the Technology Association of Oregon’s (TAO) Technology Awards. Check out our opening video here. We’ve had over 500+ tech enthusiasts flocked to the premier event. To learn more about this case study then drop us an email: info@24notion.tv

This premier event will be held at the Portland Art Museum beginning at 5pm on Thursday, April 24(sold out event). The night will be filled with a celebration of our state’s technology industry, featuring the prestigious awards for the Technology Executive of the Year.

We’ll reveal some awesome thematic live event and videos produced by the 24Notion team throughout the ceremony. Beyond the awards, the night will also include fun displays of past technology, cool products, and networking in a decked-out lounge designed by our team. We’re even bringing you live tweets from the event, so you can check out what’s going down from home. From design, to producing the night of memorable tech event, 24Notion got it covered! if you are attending then watch out for element of surprises.

TAO is a leading organization in our business community, and serves as a network for Oregon and Southwest Washington technology companies, thought leaders, investors, and more. TAO hosts over 70 events each year and believes strongly in the power of innovation to make change in our world. Since 24Notion also loves the great potential in innovation, this event has been a perfect match

Date:  Thursday, April 24th
Where:  
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Time: 
5:00 – 9:00 PM | 5:00 AM Welcome Reception | 6:30 Dinner and Ceremony

Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook, follow @24Notion on Twitter, and on Instagram! Catch the action on social media using  #OTA14

For more information about the event and our work with TAO, contact us at info@24Notion.tv.

I3PDX: Include. Innovate. Invest

Great write up by Malia Spencer of Portland Business Journal: Embracing Diversity Portland’s next startup challenge taking shape ( Our Founder/CEO, Ivo Lukas was one of the mentors+ 24Notion is the proud partner sponsor for startup challenge kick off in May 2014)

The first Include. Innovate. Invest. PORTLAND (I3PDX) Event was attended by almost 200 diverse business and community leaders and technology professionals committed to growing the next generation of leaders in our innovation economy.  Our partners and attendees identified the desire for more structured networking time and a better understanding of available business and startup resources.

 

24Notion’s own Ivo Lukas is a Named 2014 Honoree of PBJ’s 40 Under 40

By now, you’ve probably heard of the 40 Under 40 awards( #PBJ40U40). The Portland Business Journal’s annual 40 Under 40 awards event was held on Thursday, February 13th at The Nines Hotel. The night was themed “Top 40” complete with fake album covers for each of the 40 honorees selected. What you didn’t know? The class of 2014 includes someone very near and dear to our hearts at 24Notion: our CEO, Ivo Lukas.

Ivo was celebrated along with the other 40 Under 40 honorees, at the awards ceremony and in fun interview videos spotlighting each honoree’s personality and interests. Ivo is among other very accomplished individuals receiving a 40 Under 40 award. This year’s class was chosen from over 370 qualified candidates. Honorees were selected based on their managerial and entrepreneurial success, as well as their involvement in and contribution to the community.

We are so excited for Ivo, and want to congratulate everyone in this year’s class of the Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.  Check out some of Ivo’s favorite restaurants and her love for 80’s music at PBJ.

For more of PBJ 40u40 winner list; photo of album cover ; music video

For more information about 24Notion, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

Follow Ivo Lukas @MsSonicFlare or go to ivolukas.com

 

Congrats, Ivo!!!

24Notion partners up with U.S. Department of State in empowering girls through technology

In the last months, we have been hard at work to create a synergy through our Corporate Social Reponsibilities and our new effort at 24Notion and Girls In Tech. This summer we are partnering up with the U.S. Department of State in one of the amazing new initiative.  News Release is here

“U.S. Department of State Empowering Girls in the Middle East and North Africa Through Technology”.

Come see our leader, Ivo lukas, Founder/CEO of 24Notion & Chief Innovation officer/Global Mentorship programs of Girls in Tech will be speaking on July 16th in Washington DC at the Microsoft HQ with other top women leaders in the technology/entrepreneurship arena about the value of Mentorship and how you could become the next generation leader(s). This event is a VIP/private exclusive event only.

If media/journalist/bloggers are interested in being invited, please email pr@24notion.tv or ivo@24notion.tv

follow @techgirls @24Notion @girlsintech

More info below-

From June 25 – July 18, these tech-savvy teenagers from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen will engage with their American counterparts in the classroom and the community, working on their technical development and leadership skills. They will participate in an iD TechCamp, an interactive technology and computer camp, at Towson University; meet with leading U.S. technology companies in Washington, DC, and New York, NY; and take part in community service activities. The TechGirls will be also be mentored by representatives from top technology companies, making important personal contacts and expanding their networks to compete equally in an often male-dominated field. The TechGirls Program is administered by Legacy International.

TechGirls was first announced in 2011, on the heels of the successful first year of TechWomen, a mentoring program that pairs emerging female leaders with top American women in the technology sector.

Working to ensure a diverse experience, the Department has teamed up with several private sector partners, including: 24Notion, ALIVE!, Inc., AT&T, Bully Pulpit Interactive, Code4Charity, the DC Digital Divas Dinner, DoSomething.org, Facebook, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Girls in Tech, Girls Who Code, Google, OhMyGov Inc., Precision Network, Relief International, TechChange, Women Innovate Mobile, Yahoo!, and Verizon Communications. The State Department is also pleased to collaborate with the White House, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA), and the Federal Communications Commission for the TechGirls program.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today that 27 TechGirlsfrom eight Middle Eastern countries and the Palestinian Territories will arrive in Washington DC on June 25 for a three-week exchange. TechGirls provides girls from the Middle East and North Africa with the knowledge and resources to pursue higher education and careers in technology. This program builds on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world.

 

Women Entrepreneurs: Pitch Your Idea

Tell your story and be bold is my motto.

As entrepreneurs, innovators, and simply ideators, you must keep pushing the envelope. Perseverance and creativity are the name of the game. A recent Wall Street Journal study and article, “Women Executives Make Venture-backed Companies More Successful,” finds that “Venture-backed companies that include females as senior executives are more likely to succeed than companies where only males are in charge.”

Whether you are bootstrapping or pitching to get VC/angel investors, you must keep in mind two things about your business pitch: keep your story simple and sweet. I’ve been asked lately about what the top “must haves” for women are when pitching their businesses and/or ideas. There have to be some formulas for success, right? As women in a male-dominated industry, we should be sharing these trade secrets with each other!

Do women pitch differently than men? What makes our style different from men? The answer would be there are no gender differences in pitching your idea to an investor. Bottom line: whether you are men or women, you must do your due diligence in understanding your product and services. Only then can you know how your VCs/audience will see or react to your pitch, and you can effectively make persuasive arguments to cater to them.

One thing to understand is that you will undoubtedly get the door shut in your face. In fact, I’ve chatted with one entrepreneur who said, “I’ve pitched to over 25 VCs and they all said no.” I would say to do your homework! Learn about who the VCs you’re pitching to are. One size doesn’t fit all! You must know who they are and if they’ll even give your business model a glance so that you can strategize. Lastly, never give up!

With that in mind, here are my top 5 must-haves.

How to Pitch Your Ideas

WHAT/WHY/WHO/HOW/WHEN

1. What is your idea? Explain and elaborate about your concept
2. Why will this idea work? Explain your inspiration and the data to back it up
3. Who are your competitors? Or is there a similar concept?
4. How would this idea make your consumer’s life easier over your competitors? The next question would be how you get your Return of Investment(ROI)–you have to explain the benefits!
5. When will this launch? Explain your launch milestones and strategy behind them

I would love to hear your stories of your successful pitches! Tell me about your top advice to all of the entrepreneurs out there who are ready to tell their story in the comment section.

Check out the full study here by Dow Jones VentureSource

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