We are excited to announce that applications are now open for the Winter 2010 Portland Ten and Six Week Sprint programs, which run January 25-April 18.

At this time, we are also launching our new Perpetual Entrepreneurship Fund, a revolving scholarship program which provides extended tuition payment terms to selected founders who meet application criteria and commit to 24 hours of volunteer work.

In addition, we are offering expanded opportunities for entrepreneurs at all skill levels to strengthen their startup ventures through a diversified suite of programs: Portland Ten, Six Week Sprint, Skill Development, Startup Checkups, Founders’ Coffee, and Field Trips.

We’re excited to launch our fourth cycle of the Portland Ten, as well as continue supporting the 9 companies who have previously committed to the $1MM goal. We’re also thrilled about the new Perpetual Entrepreneurship Fund, which will allow us to work with founders who are otherwise financially unable to participate, but are nonetheless willing to commit to build strong companies that can provide economic possibilities here in Portland.

"Coming from a technology background, Portland Ten has helped me dive into the realm of a business development founder and has become paramount to our strategy to become a million dollar company at or before the end of next year," says Alan Wizemann, founder of ShopIgniter and Portland Ten alum. "I highly recommend any new business to try to get into Portland Ten, you will be glad you did."

To apply for the Portland Ten, Six Week Sprint, or Perpetual Entrepreneurship Fund, please visit www.portlandten.com/apply, or www.portlandten.com/scholarships.