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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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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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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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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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!

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Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Venture Northwest 2009

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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 – www.advancedinquiry.com 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 – www.calidora.com 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. – www.shopigniter.com 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 – www.desigmedix.com 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 – www.elementaltechnologies.com 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 – www.giftango.com 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 – www.lucidcommerce.com 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 – www.prolifiq.net 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 – www.secondporch.com 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 – www.shorepower.com 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 – www.wickedquick.com 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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