Tom Holce 2013 Awards: Outstanding Entrepreneurship in Oregon

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) held its annual Tom Holce awards event Tuesday night. 24Notion represented as a patron sponsor(4th consecutive years), so we got to enjoy the night and celebrate with the OEN community. Want the scoop on the awards, who won them, and what finalists say sets Oregon apart from other entrepreneurship communities? Read on to find out!

The night opened with a full hour of networking and dinner in the Hilton ballroom. As the program began, OEN Executive Director and President, Linda Weston, presented the Volunteers of the Year Award to Brent Bullock of Perkins Coie and Shelley Gunton of Chez Marie. The spirit of volunteering and helping others was a thread that ran through the whole night. Next, the emcees—Nitin Khanna of MergerTech and Scott Kveton of Urban Airship—delighted the crowd with some laughs and presented the main awards, complete with beautiful video montages of all of the finalists.



Development Stage Company Award

Wildfang is a fashion and lifestyle brand that embraces tomboy style and culture. CEO and CMO Emma Mcilroy accepted the award on behalf of the company, saying that she didn’t prepare a speech since winning was unexpected.

Working Capital Stage Company

Janrain is a leading provider of user management solutions, using technology to help clients leverage the Internet. Larry Drebes founded Janrain in 2005 and now, eight years later, the company is recognized in the Working Capital Stage category.

Growth Stage Company Award

Coaxis is a software company that specializes in construction-specific enterprise resource planning for its large client base in the construction industry.  Jay Haladay, the CEO of Coaxis, cited the company’s successful implementation as a success factor since “vision without execution is hallucination.”

2013 OEN Lifetime Achievement Award

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honored Paul Gulick, who embodies everything that OEN looks for in candidates: an experienced entrepreneur, an investor, mentor, and philanthropist. Gulick has a strong background in technology and innovation, and is currently on multiple boards of directors and advisory positions with Children’s Cancer Association, Oregon State University Venture Accelerator, Northwest Analytics inc. and CompView Inc.

Individual Achievement Award

Mat Ellis, the CEO and Founder of Cloudability, accepted the Individual Achievement Award. Cloudability is a cloud management company that helps clients run lean cloud systems, reducing costs and waste. Ellis hails from the UK but now resides in Portland. He said during his acceptance that it “really says something” about the Oregon entrepreneurial community when two foreigners were accepting awards (the other was Emma Mcilroy of Wildfang).

What Ellis pointed out about the Oregon entrepreneurial community is really unique. The community is very supportive and encouraging—the perfect, fertile entrepreneurship environment. This is why the work that OEN has done—connecting entrepreneurs with networks of support and collaboration—is so vital, and what makes it special.

We never know what the future holds, but one thing is for sure: It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur in Oregon!


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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.

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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

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24Notion Sponsors 2010 OEN Tom Holce Awards

On Wednesday, Downtown Portland’s Hilton Hotel hosted this year’s OEN (Oregon Entrepreneur’s Network) Holce Award ceremony. The OEN Entrepreneurship Awards not only honors the skill and courage it takes for entrepreneurs to create a business out of an idea, but it celebrates what entrepreneurs have been able to achieve for the region’s economy. The prestigious honor of being a finalist comes with a highly competitive nomination process, which makes being named a finalist a significant achievement of its own. These entrepreneurs are inspiring and execute the success and vitality within our community. This year’s awards were especially moving, due to the recent passing of Tom Holce, Northwest business entrepreneur and angel investor who has built or helped to build dozens of successful Southwest Washington and Oregon businesses during the last 50+ years of his life. This ceremony paid special tribute to Tom Holce and his contribution to not only past and future businesses, but also to the art of entrepreneurship. One couldn’t help but feel the solidarity among all as honor was paid to Tom Holce and this year’s finalists.

24Notion was thrilled to be a patron sponsor of this year’s pivotal OEN Holce Awards and celebrates this year’s winners:

• Trust ID: Development Company Award
• Clear Access: Working Capital Company Award
• Smarsh: Growth Company Award
• Sohrab Vossoughi, Ziba Design: Individual Achievement Award
• Ken and Joan Austin, A-Dec: Lifetime Achievement Award

As a business that also began as a mere idea, 24Notion has supported and exemplified entrepreneurship since inception and has been a sponsor of OEN for two years in a row. This year 24Notion utilized creative media skills to generate the introductory video for the awards ceremony. The video celebrated entrepreneurship and highlighted past OEN Holce Award achievements. In addition, during the event the 24Notion media and PR team interviewed finalists, sponsors, guests, and OEN director and board members. Media footage of the pre-event and ceremony will be compiled for coming OEN promotions. Collaboration with OEN celebrates the power of entrepreneurship and pays respect to all those contributing to and supporting the region’s economy. Learn more about the OEN Holce Awards and 24Notion’s sponsorship at

From 24Notion’s team reporting live, look forward to video coverage of the OEN Holce Awards in the coming weeks! To learn more about 24Notion event coverage, videos, and pictures become a fan on Facebook at Join now to become eligible for Fall giveaways, sweepstakes, and prizes!







OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Award 2010


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!

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Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Venture Northwest 2009


Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Announces Presenting Companies for Venture Northwest 2009

Eleven emerging and growing companies to present to venture investors from across the US on October 29 at event in Portland

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) announced the selection of 12 companies that will present at OEN’s Venture Northwest 2009 to be held October 29, 2009, at The Nine’s Hotel in Portland. The companies selected to present at OEN’s Venture Northwest in the past have gone on to raise over $1.3 billion in venture funding the since 1997.

The companies were chosen by a panel of venture capitalists, investment bankers, institutional and angel investors and professional service providers chaired by Brent Bullock, a partner at Perkins Coie LLP in Portland.

The event will also feature success stories from the Northwest including: how Mentor Graphic’s co-founder, Dave Moffenbeier raised over a quarter of a billion dollars of startup capital in Oregon; how Tripwire’s Jim Johnson has successfully built a sustainable technology business, at scale, in Oregon and how Keith Oelrich took Insight Schools, Inc. from rags to riches in 15 months and found liquidity in a tough environment. Steve Wynne formerly of adidas Inc. and Fila will also share insights on the commonalities between elite athletes and entrepreneurs and Ron Schmitz, CIO for Oregon will discuss the current investment climate, and where startups and venture capital stand.

The companies selected to present at OEN’s Venture Northwest are:

Advanced Inquiry Systems – Hillsboro, OR
Advanced Inquiry Systems, Inc. (AISI) is revolutionizing semiconductor test, helping our customers combat rising costs in the midst of falling product prices. Our unique solutions enhance flexibility for device design, greatly reduce test floor WIP, and nearly eliminate pad scrub, enabling at speed wafer test for flash, DRAM and logic devices.

Calidora Skin Clinic – Seattle, WA

Calidora offers custom tailored aesthetic solutions using cosmetic technologies and products under the care of medical practitioners and aestheticians in a friendly, retail environment. With 7 locations, 4 in Washington and 3 in Southern California, our goal is to become the leading national brand in this emerging, multi-billion dollar industry.

Cularis, Inc. – Portland, OR

ShopIgniter is a real-time, social eCommerce platform with an intent-based search engine for Twitter, FaceBook and other popular social networks. It can manage multiple sales channels for products, including their marketing and promotion. Built for boutiques, small businesses and the enterprise, and delivered as a Software as a Service or download, ShopIgniter is a complete end-to-end solution for online sales.

DesignMedix – Portland, OR

DesignMedix develops novel pharmaceutical products for the treatment and prevention of life-threatening infectious diseases based on its proprietary approach to overcoming drug resistance. The company’s lead program for a low cost, safe medicine for malaria is in preclinical studies, with a second program in development for a broad-spectrum antibiotic.

Elemental Technologies – Portland, OR
Elemental Technologies is the leading provider of massively parallel processing solutions for video applications. Using off-the-shelf, programmable graphics processing units (GPUs) for compute-intensive video processing and conversion tasks, Elemental’s products are ideally suited for a variety of video applications including consumer media processing, professional video editing and Internet video processing.

Giftango – Tigard, OR

Giftango is focused on the NEXT stage of gift, loyalty and member cards with virtual cards delivered through computer and mobile phones. This means new promotions, incentives and rewards capabilities for merchants through an all-digital, carbon friendly fulfillment channel that is already proving more popular than plastic.

Lucid Commerce – Seattle, OR

Lucid Commerce is the leading provider of media optimization solutions for marketers. Lucid Commerce enables marketers to see exactly what their real return on investment is for every marketing dollar they spend. Lucid Commerce has optimized over $600,000,000 in revenue for its clients.

Prolifiq – Beaverton, OR

Prolifiq provides on-demand software that accelerates sales and helps companies meet regulatory requirements by organizing, sending and tracking approved digital content throughout their sales processes. Prolifiq has transformed the sales operations of leading companies in the life sciences, technology and digital media industries.

Second Porch – Portland, OR
Second Porch facilitates renting and trading vacation homes through owner’s trusted network, avoiding pitfalls of dealing with strangers. The application spreads awareness of vacation properties across social platforms like Facebook. Owners list and renters search properties free. Revenue comes from premium features via subscription, referral and transaction fees.

Shore Power – Portland, OR

Shorepower Technologies builds, deploys and operates road-side plug-in stations that allow the nation’s 500,000 long-haul truck drivers to eliminate unnecessary idling during required rest periods, saving drivers an average of $4,000 per year on diesel fuel while significantly reducing associated toxic emissions.

Wicked Quick – Hillsboro, OR

Wicked Quick is a premium clothing and accessories brand rooted in the world of speed, rebellion and attitude. We currently offer lifestyle product at Nordstrom, Metropark, select Harley Davidson Dealership’s and others. We also produce performance gear for professional teams including three-time NASCAR champion team Joe Gibbs Racing.

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