Venture Northwest: Entrepreneurial Innovation

oenvnw2010The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network presents Venture Northwest 2010.  It is an annual Portland-based conference that draws institutional investors and investment bankers from across the US and Western Canada, who are interested in early and growth stage Northwest businesses. On November 4, 2010, OEN’s Venture Northwest will bring the driving forces behind Northwest innovation together. Investors, government leaders and universities will discuss debate and define how to accelerate Northwest entrepreneurial innovation. We’ll connect investors with the area’s 10 hottest emerging Northwest businesses.

Northwest businesses that have presented at OEN’s Venture Northwest have raised over $1.3 billion in venture capital since 1996 and over $68 million in angel investment.*
*Not all Northwest businesses that presented had investments reported in Venture Source.

This year we are expecting strong participation from VCs in California and the East Coast.

Join us: Thursday, November 4th, 2010
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
at The Governor Hotel. Register here

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FASHION’S NIGHT OUT- A Global Celebration of fashion, style and shop

A global celebration of fashion – well look no further! Portland, Oregon is joining the Fashion’s Night Out event on Sept 10, 2010. The worldwide fashion event was created in 2009 by Vogue Magazine, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), NYC & Company and the City of New York, where designers, celebrities, models, and fashion editors stage exciting, one-of-a-kind events in stores.

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The City of Portland, Portland Business Alliance, Lisa Frisch and her team, Downtown Marketing Initiative are organizing this unforgettable one night event. So get ready to shop till you drop between 4-9pm. After Party will be hosted in the lobby of the Nines Hotel between 8-11pm. The newly Director Park will present  the evening’s stylish hub, with fall fashion shows, free pedicab rides to participating retailers, and mystery goody bags featuring Amex gift cards, raffles, gift certificates and more. See you there!

Check out list of all retailers participating in the Portland Fashion’s Night Out

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OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Award 2010

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The OEN Tom Holce Awards Entrepreneurship Awards are coming up on Wednesday, September 22. This is OEN’s most high-profile event of the year. It’s an evening of celebrating excellence in entrepreneurship, and attracts about 800 attendees. The event is open to rockstar entrepreneurs, undiscovered up-and-comers, investors and networkers alike.

For 2 consecutive years, 24Notion is the proud Patron sponsors of the award show. Be sure to get your tix right away before its sold out!

Check out our digital effort here

Last year networking and award photos-

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“Great beer selections, no sales tax; come to Portland, move your family and start your business here” ~ Mayor Sam Adams

Mayor Sam Adams gave a closing speech at OSCON this year – “Great beer selections, no sales tax; come to Portland, move your family and start your business here”. I’ve had the liberty to sit down with Mayor Sam Adams to chat about tech scene, start ups and a great lifestyle by living in Portland, Ore

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Sam Adams – Mayor, City of Portland, Oregon.

Mayor Sam Adams of Portland, Oregon was elected Mayor of Portland in May 2008. Prior to being elected Mayor, Adams served as a Commissioner on the City Council for four years earning a reputation as a “policy-driven” advocate for sustainability, public transit, transportation planning, the arts, and gay rights. As a City Commissioner, Adams was Commissioner in Charge of Portland’s Office of Transportation and the Bureau of Environmental Services, and council liaison to, among others, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Association of Portland Neighborhood Business Districts, and Worksystems, Incorporated. In his role as Mayor, Adams is the lead Council member on Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability, Education, Arts and Culture, and Transportation.

During his first year as Mayor, Adams has launched a number of initiatives designed to showcase and provide support to Portland’s open source software community. Notably, Mayor Adams and City Council approved the nation’s first open source and open data resolution, which places open source software on equal footing with commercial software for purposes of City contracts. Also, Portland recently launched Civic Apps for Greater Portland, which is the nation’s first regional open data and open source app contest. Mayor Adams brings renewed focus to developing and implementing plans that will not only keep Portland livable, vibrant, and economically healthy, but will also increase Portland’s status as a national leader. He is proud of Portland’s open source software community, and he wants to do his part to ensure Portland maintains its reputation as an international hub for open source innovation.

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Exciting how the city of Portland is hosting OSCON again this year! How’s OSCON in Portland this year?

Portland, Oregon is the perfect host city for the open source convention. As a city, we have a wide breadth of un-matched talent; proprietary and open source software development, digital media firms, programming, coding and creative skill-sets. As a city, we are faster, cheaper and more creative. We have to be to compete with the other cities.  We have the quality and value – all in one city.

How has the tech scene evolved over the last several years?. What’s next? Where do we grow?

The Portland technology community has been able to take collaborative and open source philosophies to the next level. We’ve done some creative stuff; from digital development through productization.

Take Civicapps for example; CivicApps is an open data / open source project sponsored by several Portland-area government agencies to promote innovation in the public and private sectors. Currently over 120 civic data sets are available, including geographic, 911, transit, streets, and parks data. The aim is social change. The path is regional collaboration. The focus is local. A cool transportation app that displays arrival times for public transport in Portland, Oregon –PDX Bus—was developed using these public datasets, and it is available on a number of platforms including iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

Technology products and services developed in Portland are most appealing to end-users because from the underlying software to the user experience we really figure them out to the fullest–we have high expectations. In the future, we need to focus on delivering value, quality and creativity in the most competitive ways. Portland has the potential be the most creative technology community in the world. We have so much opportunity here!

What’s your thought about expanding the women/girls presence in technology in Portland?

I think a mentoring approach is the way to go. We’ve had success with Rock and Roll Camp for Girls, which is a summer program that helps girls build confidence as musicians and learn about the music industry. That model could be used to help girls learn about other industries –like tech.

What current device/technology could you not live without? iPhone. It’s the one source that I rely on to get all of my news, connect with constituents. I tweet a lot, and I rely on a couple of applications for tweeting, including tweet deck. Beyond that I’m a news junky.  I use fluent news, incorporate, dig, and other apps.

Favorite apps? Pdxreporter.

What do you want people outside of Portland to learn about one of the most dynamic cities in the US?

Besides our worldclass beer and no sales tax?  We are a very open city that rewards creative thinking and values innovation.

We seek to be the best place to have both a fulfilling career and a balanced personal life. You really can have it all.

Also, this is a welcoming place and one of opportunity for people who want to make a difference. I am an example—I grew up poor, worked hard in public service, and now I have the honor of serving as Mayor.

To learn more about the city go to http://www.portlandonline.com/mayor/index.cfm

And be sure to follow @mayorsamadams

Be sure to join Girls in Tech Portland Chapter at OSCON 2010 this year at Portland Oregon.

For More info for our local Portland chapter, go to our facebook page. If you are interested in being a guest speaker and/or panelist for our workshops and lectures, pls feel free to drop me an email: ivo@girlsintech.net

tweet @mssonicflare @oscon @24notion @gitweet #oscon #portland #opensource

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Girls In Tech PDX Mixer/Speed networking

Join us: Girls In Tech PDX Mixer/Speed networking @ Henry’s 12th Street Tavern- Pearl district

If you had three minutes to get to know another business professional, what would you say?  Join Girls In Tech as they put a new spin on traditional business networking with “Speed Networking”.

Speed networking is a unique and fun way to network without dealing with the awkward conversation starters and exit strategies at typical networking events.  It allows you to meet more people throughout the evening and helps you to get straight to the heart of the conversation.  If three minutes isn’t enough for you, be sure to send a follow-up note after the event and keep the conversation going!

WHEN: Wednesday, March 23, 2010 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE: Henry’s 12th Street Tavern- Pearl district

10 NW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

RSVP: http://bit.ly/d2H0Jv
Sound like fun?  Join Girls In Tech Portland on Tuesday, March 23rd for speed networking /Mixer with some of your fellow PDX’ers at the Henry Tavern. Please RSVP for this FREE event. Be sure to bring lots of business cards!

(This event is open to the public and men are welcome- so bring your friends and colleagues)

Free Door Prizes sponsored by 24Notion . American Express Gift Card and more

For more info about Girls in Tech Portland, go to http://bit.ly/bAZb4H or drop me an email ivo@girlsintech.net

See you there!

GIT PDX team