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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I3PDX: Include. Innovate. Invest – Come and meet, Ivo Lukas, Our CEO/Founder of 24Notion

A series to promote diversity in technology and entrepreneurship.
Include. Innovate. Invest. PORTLAND.
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.So this next event offers:

Q & A with startup & business resources:Portland Seed Fund
Portland Incubator Experiment
Startup PDX Challenge
TiE Oregon
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
Small Business Development Center
PDC Business DevelopmentSmall group discussions on access to capital, finding your team, networks, building your brand, and startup life with:

Marcelino Alvarez, Uncorked Studios
Michael Gray, Globesherpa
D’Wayne Edwards, Pensole Academy
Paula Hayes, Hue Noir Cosmetics
Grace Andrews, Graph Alchemist
Justin Yuen, FMYI
Jon Maroney, Amplify United
Diane Fraiman, Voyager Capital
Bill Lynch, Former CTO Jive Software, PDC Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Ivo Lukas, 24Notion
Paola Moretto, Nouvola
Mara Zepeda, Switchboard

Learn more about the 2014 Startup PDX Challenge.

 

Our Founder/CEO, Ivo Lukas will be there to help you answer any Qs. Join us to celebrate entrepreneurship in Oregon! Follow her on twitter @MsSonicFlare

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

 Published on HuffPost

24Notion Goes Bicoastal

It was a busy week of panels, tweets, and excitement for 24Notion and CEO Ivo Lukas last week.  From the east coast to the west coast, 24Notion was making their presence known in the Sizzling Miami Tweet up in the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami and the Girls in Tech Career Expo in the foggy city of San Francisco.

View of Mandarin Oriental in Miami, FL

View of Mandarin Oriental in Miami, FL

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In Miami, 24Notion started the week off right as a sponsor of the hottest celebration of social gathering and social media.  And it was not only Miami residents that joined in the fun – the #SizzlingMiamiTweetUp went virtual with tweets, statuses, and posts from all over the nation.  Check out the conversation here.  Keep your eyes open for some of the influential leaders that flocked to the sunny city to support the night of tweet up:

@2MorrowKnight @Mo_Miami @AnnTran_ @isazapata @MomsofAmerica @OurTownMagazine @SteveAkinsSEO @TheOnlineMom

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And of course, make sure to check out @24Notion’s presence at the Tweet-Up along with @MsSonicFlare.  Overall, the night was a huge success with our little social media hearts beating fast.

As if that was not enough, 24notion’s trusted leader, Ivo Lukas, took a quick jump across our grand nation and ended up in San Francisco, as a feature for the Girls in Tech Panel Discussion on Landing the Perfect Job – and Keeping it.  The panel discussion included females who have longed proved that they know what they are doing in the career world.  Lukas and Girls in Tech were joined with leaders in Microsoft, Facebook and Anita Borg Institute.

Ivo Lukas + the ladies of Microsoft, Facebook, & Anita Borg Institute

Ivo Lukas + the ladies of Microsoft, Facebook, & Anita Borg Institute

The event hosted 350 eager attendees who gained ‘how tos’ on writing a resume, social networking, and maneuvering in the technology field sector.  The event also touched based on some common interview mishaps and inspired women of all ages that their qualities and skills can land them the perfect job with a few helpful tips.

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Lukas was honored to be a part of such a crucial and influential panel discussion – proud that Girls in Tech are taking the steps needed to begin to close the gender gap that reigns in STEM careers.

In the end, 24Notion’s bicoastal adventures were a huge success — receiving lots of love from both coasts.  Check back soon to see what is thrown our way next.  One thing is for sure — it does not look like we are slowing down!

We hope you all had a happy and sunny fourth with lots of food, family, and fun.

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Destination Opportunity: OEN Venture NW 2011

VNW_Applestore_IconEmailLrgAnother successful OEN Venture Northwest this week.  Businesses that have presented at OEN’s Venture Northwest have raised over $1,564,490,000 in venture capital since 1996 and $98,546,000 in angel investment (Not all Northwest businesses that presented had investments reported in Venture Source).

24Notion is the proud Patron sponsored for OEN’s Venture NW 2011. Check out the digital event site developed by 24Notion. This year’s theme: “Destination Opportunity” means Navigate northwest to find treasure at OEN’s Venture Northwest. Ten great investment opportunities are waiting for you. Attendees flocked to Venture NW include brilliant business leaders about trends in social media and mobile computing, as well as some leading venture firms are plotting their course to the Northwest to find real treasures.

MotoCyzysz was selected as the People’s Choice Winner of OEN’s Venture NW 2011. The other presenting companies are Meridian, The Clymb, Pacific Light Technologies, Cloudability, Avado, 4-Tell, OpenSesame, Night & Day Studios, and Northwest Analytics.

MotoCzysz introduces the D1g1tal Dr1ve D1, the world’s first fully integrated electric drive system to power the cars of tomorrow. The patent pending D1G1TAL DR1VE achieves an unmatched level of integration never before available, making it the simplest and most complete electric drive solution for any company manufacturing electric vehicles. Quoted by popular science magazine in October 2010: “the most advanced electric motorcycle in the world”.

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Angel Oregon 2011: The rise of Pacifc NW Entrepreneurs, Investors and where innovation starts here

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On March 16, 2o11 more than 300 people( investors, entrepreneurs and other influential peeps) gathered at the governor hotels. 24Notion were there to take part of the celebration on the day of Angel Oregon 2011. We are the proud patron sponsored for OEN AO 2011 again this year. The room is filled with many entrepreneur enthusiasts but short on women attendance. The ratio 85% of male dominance and 15% women says it all where we need more Women entrepreneurs to take part of this day. Glad that Soothie suckers( women launched start up concept) won as the concept stage winner.

here are list of winners of the AO 2011:

OpenSesame (Launch Stage Winner) and Soothie Suckers (Concept Stage Winner) emerged as the victors at OEN’s Angel Oregon 2011. OpenSesame will receive the $185,000 Launch Stage Company Award and Soothie Suckers Wins $25,000 Concept Stage Company Award.

4-Tell and Preciva were awarded OEN’s Angel Oregon Peoples’ Choice Awards among the Launch Stage and Concept Stage categories respectively in voting by more than 300 people who attended the competition.

Launch Stage company winner OpenSesame is an online marketplace that makes purchasing an e-learning course as easy as downloading a song from iTunes. Winner of the Concept Stage award Soothie Suckers, LLC makes all-natural, herbal, freezable remedies to mainstream consumers.

Check out more details on the site here ( p.s. we’ve helped created, developed and hosted this event site)

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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

follow @MsSonicflare for up to date tweet up #venturenw

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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Women at OSCON Luncheon Meetup

As promised, here are some pictures of the amazing Women of OSCON. The luncheon was a great union of O’Reilly and Girls in Tech, in gathering the women of OSCON and promoting a sense of community among all females in technology. Girls in Tech felt so welcomed by the OSCON women that came to the luncheon and look forward to keeping in touch! Thanks for all of your great insight and please remember to check out Ivo’s interview at OSCON:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W85zMSek_Uk
Ivo and Christine

Ivo and Christine

Women of OSCON

Women of OSCON

Great Luncheon!

Great Luncheon!

Awesome Turnout! Can't wait till next year!

Awesome Turnout! Can't wait till next year!

Thanks to Everyone from Girls in Tech!

Thanks to Everyone from Girls in Tech!

Girls in Tech Portland Presents Women Leadership in the 21st Century

Topic: Leadership challenges in the 21st century

  • The need for transformational leadership
  • Global governance and business implications
  • Gender differences in leadership and the unique role of women in leadership

(Note: It will be a very interactive event, so be ready to get inspired and energized)

Guest Speaker: Annette M. Nemetz, MBA, PhD (in progress)

Assistant Professor of Management, School of Business, George Fox University

WHEN: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM( starts at 6:15pm-don’t be late)

WHERE: Candy http://www.candyportland.com/

904 Northwest Couch Street Portland, OR 97209

RSVP: WE ARE SOLD OUT! Space is limited to 25. If you are not GIT PDX member and  interested in attending pls drop me an email at ivo@girlsintech.net

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?invites&eid=118946584796890

Cost: Free for GIT PDX members; $10 for non-member (pay cash at the door)
Event and door prizes are sponsored by 24Notion

For more info about Girls in Tech Portland, go to http://bit.ly/bAZb4H