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Portland Ten invites all entrepreneurs, small business owners, and freelancers to participate in the Portland Startup Challenge, June 7-August 27.

Participants are encouraged to hit 6, 12, or 24 milestones (a complete list of milestones is available here) during the 12 week session, with a matching incentives program and community-wide awards ceremony on August 27th to celebrate and recognize participants for their achievements.

Committed Tracks

Portland Ten: Hit 24 milestones in 12 weeks, commit to $1MM in revenue within 18 months. 8 hours/week of advising/peer support, full access to 24 skill sessions, 3 Checkups. $3,000 enrollment, extended payment scholarships available. Eligible for Portland Startup Challenge incentives program.

Six Week Sprint:  Hit 12 milestones in 6 weeks, no specific revenue commitment. 2 hours/week of advising/peer support, full access to 24 skill sessions, 2 Checkups. $975 enrollment, extended payment scholarships available. Eligible for Portland Startup Challenge incentives program.

Community Tracks

Community Track: Hit 6 milestones in 12 weeks. 1 Checkup/month, 2 Skill sessions/month. $50/month membership. Eligible for Portland Startup Challenge incentives program.

DIY Track: Enjoy the do-it-yourself approach? Tackle milestones on your own throughout the summer, and drop by Founders Coffee or other Portland Ten events.

How to Apply

To apply for the Portland Startup Challenge, please fill out the online application at www.portlandten.com/apply.

About Portland Ten

Since launching in 2009, Portland Ten has seen successes including ShopIgniter’s $3MM venture capital funding, a $35,000 grant from Portland Development Commission, 12 alumni successfully completing the $1MM program, working with 100+ startups in the Checkups, Skill Development, and Six Week Sprint programs, and being featured in Entrepreneur.com, SiliconFlorist.com, Oregon Business Magazine, and more.

 

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Welcome New Staff Jennie Kalberer!

We’d like to welcome Jennie Kalberer, who is joining Portland Ten as a Program Manager for the Winter 2010 Six Week Sprint.

Jennie has a background working with small & emerging businesses and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs be more successful in their ventures. We’re excited to have Jennie join the Portland Ten team!

Jennie Kalberer was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2000 with a focus in Ceramics and Drawing. She worked as an interior designer before receiving her MBA in Finance from the University of Portland.

Jennie is a Founder and Director of Kahnaway Art & Ecology in the Columbia River Gorge, and she consults for start-ups and new venture projects. She also is the owner of Clean Like You Mean It, a natural cleaning products company.

She serves on the Board of OCAC, and volunteers at Chapman Elementary, her son’s grade school.

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.

As preparation for our Winter 2010 cycle of Portland Ten programs, we are pleased to announce new partnerships with Portland Development Commission, which is providing $35,000 in grant funding to support staff & operational costs for the Winter 2010 cycle of entrepreneur programs, as well as Willamette University, where Professor Robert E. Wiltbank and Portland Ten Director Carolynn Duncan will co-instruct and train 10 MBA students as junior venture analysts to administer Startup Checkups with local companies.

"PDC supports Portland Ten as an innovative way to help potential high-growth companies to increase direct revenues, attract investment capital and create high wage jobs for the local workforce," says Bruce Warner, PDC Executive Director. "This results-oriented initiative will assist in the fulfillment of the city’s economic development strategy goal of entrepreneurial development for the region’s high-growth, small and emerging businesses in software, apparel, manufacturing and clean tech."

"I have seen Portland Ten mature in a very short time while it simultaneously catapulted an initial cohort of new technology companies to their next level of growth," says Robert E. Wiltbank, PhD, Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at Willamette University. "I see the value of the initiative as a learning opportunity for my students, an accelerator for new businesses in Portland (and beyond), and a model initiative from which we - as educators, investors, and business and civic leaders - can learn."

These partners are joined by Portland Ten’s new Community Sponsors, including the Olsen Group, Davis, Wright, Tremaine, Stephenson Group, Amy Winkelman Consulting, and Jim McConnell, CFO, who make financial and/or in-kind contributions to Portland Ten’s new Perpetual Entrepreneurship Fund and Skill Development workshops in sales, legal, public relations, product management, financial forecasting, and more, with a full schedule of workshops to be released January 25th.

We also look forward to continued partnerships with NedSpace, which provides collaborative coworking space for startups, innovative technology companies, non-profits, artists and social entrepreneurs, and FundingUniverse, which produces CrowdPitch, a quarterly pitching event for entrepreneurs.

At this time, we’d like to thank all of our partners & sponsors, as well as the Portland startup community for the warm and enthusiastic welcome since our launch in February 2009. The participation from Portland Development Commission, Willamette University, and our Community Sponsors shows a tremendous commitment from these organizations to supporting our local entrepreneurs.

We also remain committed to further strengthening the startup, tech, investment, and business communities in the Portland, Oregon region, and look forward to our portfolio companies’ continued success in 2010.

As we wrap up 2009, we hope you’ll be able to join us for our combined Portland Ten & NedSpace Christmas Potluck:

  • Thursday, December 17th, 6-8 pm
  • NedSpace Old Town (117 NW 5th)
  • Read more details or RSVP here.

We’ll be showing a slideshow of activities & events from the past year, enjoy food & beverage, and celebrate Portland entrepreneurship and everything we’ve all accomplished together.

If you have photos from NedSpace, Portland Ten, or general tech/startup community events you’d like to include in the slideshow, please email them to cduncan@portlandten.com.

Feel free to bring your co-founders, significant other, and other startup junkies!

Also, if you have photos from NedSpace, Portland Ten, or general tech/startup community events you’d like to include in the slideshow, please email them to cduncan@portlandten.com.

See you then!

We’d like to thank everyone in the Portland Ten community for a fantastic 2009! You’re all invited to our First Annual Christmas Potluck:

  • Thursday, December 17th, 6-8 pm
  • At NedSpace Old Town, 117 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR
  • RSVP on Upcoming here

Join us as we celebrate both the holidays and wrapping up our first year of work with the Portland startup community.

We’ll take a few minutes to show a slideshow of photos of our founders & the community from our programs & events over this past year, and give you a sneak peak at what’s coming up in 2010.

Bring a dish and a bottle and let’s celebrate a great year!

Portland Ten Founders Coffee Every Tuesday

Come join us Tuesdays at 9am for an hour

Daily Cafe
902 NW 13th Ave at NW Kearney
dailycafe.net

Founder’s Coffee is a low-key, weekly get together for Portland entrepreneurs to connect with each other.  No speakers, no pitches, just business founders gathering together to visit for an hour.

The first month of founders coffee has produced valuable connection.  Come meet your fellow founders.

 

Portland Ten Founder’s Coffee

 

Come join us Tuesdays at 9am for an hour

Daily Cafe
902 NW 13th Ave at NW Kearney
dailycafe.net

Founder’s Coffee is a low-key, weekly get together for Portland entrepreneurs to connect with each other.  No speakers, no pitches, just business founders gathering together to visit for an hour.

The first couple weeks have been excellent.  We’ve filled the long table at the Daily Cafe and a lot of smart folks have shown up and met other smart folks.  Seems like a lot of folks are making it their business to find strategic partnerships and those conversations seem to be taking place at Founders Coffee.

RSVP on Upcoming:
http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/4573036/?ps=5

 

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Portland Ten’s ShopIgniter (Cularis) Selected for Venture Northwest

Congrats to one of our summer Portland Ten companies, ShopIgniter (also known as Cularis), for being one of 9 Oregon companies selected to present at Venture Northwest! Best of luck to founder Alan Wizemann and his cofounders Dan Warner and Jason Glover.

About ShopIgniter

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.

Welcome New Staff Jenica Cogdill!

We’d like to officially welcome Jenica Cogdill as a Strategic Analyst to Portland Ten! We’re happy to have Jenica on board to assist in our work with entrepreneurs here in Portland. Here’s a little more about her background, and you can also follow her on Twitter here.

Jenica Cogdill, Strategic Analyst

Jenica Cogdill launched her first successful company, a retail and export business in Eugene, Oregon, at the age of 21. She is currently a business consultant specializing in marketing research and strategic planning. Clients range from local startups gaining momentum to international corporations.

She holds a BS in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Willamette University. As a strategic analyst for Portland Ten, she leads weekly Workouts and offers one-on-one Checkups.