http://www.portlandten.com Wed, 08 Dec 2010 21:22:54 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Lunch 2.0 with CivicApps, Portland Ten http://www.portlandten.com/2010/10/20/lunch-20-with-civicapps-portland-ten/ http://www.portlandten.com/2010/10/20/lunch-20-with-civicapps-portland-ten/#comments Wed, 20 Oct 2010 22:41:28 +0000 admin http://www.portlandten.com/?p=929 We co-hosted Lunch 2.0 today with CivicApps, held at City Hall. It was great to visit with many of the participants in the tech, startup, and business communities.

During the event, we had the opportunity to give a 5 minute overview of Portland Ten’s work within the entrepreneurial community, which you can view in the video below.

P10 staff: Jennie Kalberer, Sprint Program Manager, Carolynn Duncan, Director, Nick Cottle, Business Development Manager.

We also recently worked with SiliconFlorist.com to provide an inside look at Portland Ten’s activities over the past 18 months, which you can read here. There’s also a powerpoint presentation available below, with more about the Portland Ten.

Want to get involved in a Portland Ten program, or support entrepreneurs as a Sponsor? Contact Jennie Kalberer, jkalberer@portlandten.com, for more information, or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/portlandten.

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You’re Invited: P10 Fall Opening Social, Thursday Oct 14 http://www.portlandten.com/2010/10/07/youre-invited-p10-fall-opening-social-thursday-oct-14/ http://www.portlandten.com/2010/10/07/youre-invited-p10-fall-opening-social-thursday-oct-14/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 16:16:06 +0000 admin http://www.portlandten.com/?p=927 We are excited to kick off Portland Ten’s Fall 2010 Startup Challenge. We will be gathering for our Opening Social to welcome our new founders, Sponsors, and community partners to the Portland Ten team.

Details:

  • Thursday October 14, 2010, 5-7 pm
  • NedSpace Old Town 117 NW Fifth Ave. Portland, Oregon 97209
  • RSVP on Upcoming here.

Entrepreneurs who are participating in this fall’s Startup Challenge will be tackling 12-24 milestones in Revenue, Traction, Biz Dev, Product/Services Dev, Team, and Resources. We are excited about their ambition and look forward to their successes over the coming months.

Drinks and dessert will be served! Please RSVP on Upcoming or email cduncan@portlandten.com.

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Portland Ten Pre-Training Runs Sept 27-Oct 8 http://www.portlandten.com/2010/09/24/portland-ten-pre-training-runs-sept-27-oct-8/ http://www.portlandten.com/2010/09/24/portland-ten-pre-training-runs-sept-27-oct-8/#comments Fri, 24 Sep 2010 23:42:34 +0000 admin http://www.portlandten.com/?p=912 Ever thought about participating in a Portland Ten program, but wanted to give a try before you make the full commitment?

Now you can attend Fall 2010 Pre-Training, which runs Sept 27-Oct 8, download PDF here.

The catch? Pre-training is only available for founders who apply online (www.portlandten.com/apply) and attend an orientation session.

But it’s not too late, there are 2 orientation sessions scheduled for Thursdays Sept 30 and Oct 7, 5-6 pm at NedSpace Old Town.

Fall 2010 Pre-Training is an excellent way to sharpen your founder/bootstrap skills in Time, Resource, Burnout, and Team management and get to know the Portland Ten team.

We look forward to working with our fall teams! Any questions, please contact Jennie Kalberer, jkalberer@portlandten.com.

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Portland Ten Now Accepting Applications Through October 11 http://www.portlandten.com/2010/09/17/portland-ten-now-accepting-applications-through-october-11/ http://www.portlandten.com/2010/09/17/portland-ten-now-accepting-applications-through-october-11/#comments Fri, 17 Sep 2010 17:18:11 +0000 admin http://www.portlandten.com/?p=906 Portland, OR (September 15, 2010) Portland, OR – Portland Ten, the region’s leading educational incubator for current and future small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs, is now accepting applications for its Fall 2010 Startup Challenge.

The Program

The program, now finishing its second year, is designed to give business owners the education, problem-solving ability and mentoring needed to create success through a rigorous program. 

Applicants are evaluated for the program, and accepted on the basis of their willingness to work hard, accept guidance and hit agreed-upon milestones.  A range of program offerings is designed to fit budget and time availability, with a scholarship fund available for eligible applicants. Free and affordable educational options are also available to the community at large.

"Small businesses are the backbone of Portland’s economy," said Portland Mayor Sam Adams. "Portland Ten is a resource I’m proud to support because it gives future entrepreneurs and innovators the tools they need to succeed and compete globally. Connecting Portland Ten with City-led initiatives like Civic Apps and the Software Cluster initiatives benefits everyone, and helps us continue to build a vital, creative and dynamic economy."

“Our team of analysts and startup experts saw an incredibly vital entrepreneurial community in this region,” said Carolynn Duncan, founder and Director.  “While equipped with vision and enthusiasm, many entrepreneurs lacked the knowledge and skills to start a successful business - Portland Ten delivers that know-how.”

Results

The Portland Ten programs have earned early success. Program alumni and ShopIgniter.com founder Alan Wizemann secured a $3 million round of funding for his social media/eCommerce startup, and has surpassed the $1MM in 18 months goal within 12 months of graduating. Local journalist and Pulitzer-prize winner Steve Woodward’s media-driven content startup, NozzlMedia, has earned national interest and media coverage.

Numerous other businesses, from tech startups, jewelry makers to care givers, increased and maintained revenue, self funded through sales, secured valuable, customized advice, earned new clients, added co-founders, and completed financials.  Portland Ten’s mission has also earned partnerships with leading educational, civic and not-for-profit organizations, including:

·         City of Portland and its innovative CivicApps program
·         Portland Development Commission
·         Mercy Corps Northwest 
·         Willamette University
·         NedSpace
·         Startup Weekend

"MercyCorps Northwest is excited to be working with Portland Ten to distribute the necessary skills and mindset to entrepreneurs within the Portland business community, both within the low-income and high-growth sectors," said John Haines, Executive Director of MercyCorps Northwest. "Portland Ten brings skill and scale strategies for our clients.”

“The Portland Ten experience was rigorous, highly-customized and result-producing,” said ShopIgniter.com founder and Portland Ten alumni Alan Wizemann.  “The individual attention and expert advice were key to ShopIgniter securing market success and funding.”

Program Tracks

Portland Ten’s mission is to help the region’s entrepreneurs create success for their business. To do this, the organization offers a range of educational options, from free coffee forums to a series of Milestones for the various tracks to commit to.

Competitive Programs

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. $1,250 enrollment, extended payment scholarships available. Eligible for Portland Startup Challenge incentives program.

Open Enrollment Program

Skill Development Workshops: Our 24 Skill Development workshops are held twice per week and are open to the community. Taught by our featured Sponsors in sales, venture fundraising, legal, accounting, product management, HR, finance, and more, workshops run Sept 27- Dec 17, 2010, and are $30 each, or an all-access pass to 24 workshops can be purchased for $360, a savings of 50%. The full schedule will be announced September 23 at www.portlandten.com/skills.

How to Apply

To apply for the Portland Startup Challenge, fill out the
online application at www.portlandten.com/apply, or contact Jennie Kalberer, jkalberer@portlandten.com.

About Portland Ten

Portland Ten is an educational incubator designed to create business success for the entrepreneurial community.  Since its founding in 2009 by Director Carolynn Duncan, Portland Ten has seen successes including ShopIgniter’s exceeding $1MM within 18 months and $3MM venture capital funding, a $35,000 grant from Portland Development Commission, 30 alumni successfully completing the Portland Ten and Sprint programs, working with 100+ startups in the Checkups, and Skill Development programs, and being featured in Entrepreneur.com, SiliconFlorist.com, Oregon Business Magazine, and more.

Portland Ten can be followed on Twitter:  @Portlandten, and its blog: http://www.portlandten.com/blog/.

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Happy 18 Months, Portland Ten! http://www.portlandten.com/2010/08/09/happy-18-months-portland-ten/ http://www.portlandten.com/2010/08/09/happy-18-months-portland-ten/#comments Tue, 10 Aug 2010 04:27:58 +0000 admin http://www.portlandten.com/?p=848 Director’s Notes, by Portland Ten Founder & Director, Carolynn Duncan

18 months ago, on February 9, 2009, I wrote a blog post that launched the Portland Ten– an early stage incubation project– into the world. Our goal has been to get 10 Portland startups to $1MM in revenue within 18 months.

Today, upon hitting the milestone of having made it through this first 18 months, we’re now starting to reflect on the experience. We are mid-marathon with three weeks left in our 5th cycle, Summer 2010, but before I have a chance to forget or pass by this special day, I wanted to share some background on why we started the Portland Ten, and an overview of events that have happened in the year and a half since.

How It Started: My Obsession With The "Science" of Startup Failure

Early in my career, after working at several small businesses and startups that tanked, I became fascinated with the "science" of startup businesses, particularly from the lean startup point of view. Given the 50-90% failure rate of startups who fail to make it beyond the first year, I wanted to really understand how founders can spend the least amount of time/resources to determine whether a business idea will create value or not.

I was obsessed with identifying what an entrepreneur can do to minimize preventable failure and build a viable company, and spent the next several years involved with a number of startup/seed incubation projects– Provo Labs, Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center, Hundred Dollar Business, FundingUniverse, and EPIC Ventures.

Portland’s Chicken & Egg Dilemma: Funding or Founders First?

In 2007/2008, I was working for a venture capital firm, and was contracted to look for early stage companies in Portland that would be fundable. To be frank, we had little success finding the quantity & quality of companies that made it viable to place investment dollars in Portland. Along the way, in meeting with dozens of entrepreneurs, investors, and other members of the Portland/Oregon tech startup community, a chicken-and-egg lack of funding versus lack of great startups sentiment was almost universally agreed on.

However, startups felt like investors should step up first, and investors felt that startups should step up first. The problem with that dilemma is that investors can’t and won’t lower their investment criteria and place dollars into companies that are unviable; and entrepreneurs who do not move forward due to a perceived lack of capital, are not able to generate the traction and market validation necessary to attract angel or venture capital funding.

Making The First Move

Complacency has never been my thing; and in late 2008, having recently moved to Portland from Seattle, I had some free time on my hands and wanted to get to work on a major project. Portland’s startup dilemma provided terrific context and a compelling reason to build something where I could apply things I’d been learning and observing for years.

So after some initial planning and feedback from friends & advisors, the project started, and we set out trying to find 10 entrepreneurs who would commit to the $1MM goal, and would be willing to participate in the program. Here’s the story of what has unfolded:

Cycle 1: Winter 2009

2/9/09 Portland Ten officially launches, housed at NedSpace, with advisors Mark Grimes, Josh Friedman, and Robert Eickmann.

2/11/09 SiliconFlorist.com does a write up on Portland Ten.

2/11/09 Portland Ten gets flamed with criticism on Hacker News and SiliconFlorist.

3/8/09 Founders John Metta, Ken Beare, Dave Miller, and Ben Parzybok join the first 12 week cycle of Portland Ten.

4/3/09 Portland Ten goes to lunch with Vidoop cofounders Scott Blomquist and Luke Sontag.

5/22/09 Our first 12-week cycle ends with an open house at Willamette University.

Cycle 2: Summer 2009

5/23/09 First staff member Nick Cottle joins P10 as a Venture Analyst.

6/18/09 Founders Eileen Quenin, Steve Woodward, Alan Wizemann, and Don Hollerich join the Summer 2009 Portland Ten. 

6/18/09 Launch Startup Checkups, Workouts programs.

7/2/09 Write up on P10 by Oregon Business Magazine’s Robin Doussard.

7/28/09 Kristin Wolff joins P10 as an advisor.

8/15/09 P10 goes to lunch with Jive cofounders Bill Lynch and Matt Tucker.

8/27/09 P10 co-hosts Lunch 2.0 with FundingUniverse, NedSpace.

Cycle 3: Fall 2009

9/2/09 Launch of Six Week Sprint program.

9/14/09 Two P10 Summer 2009 alumni launch products.

9/24/09 Launch of Founders’ Coffee program.

10/03/09 Jenica Cogdill joins P10 as a consultant.

10/7/09 P10 Summer 2009 alum, ShopIgniter, selected as one of 5 tech companies in Oregon to present at Venture Northwest.

12/7/09 P10 holds our First Annual Christmas Party

Cycle 4: Winter 2010

1/11/10 P10 announces new partnerships with Willamette University, secures $35,000 in grant funding from Portland Development Commission, Sponsors Davis, Wright, Tremaine, Olsen Group, Perkins and Company, Stephenson Group, Amy Winkelman Consulting, Profit Guide, and Cocoon Design, and launches a Scholarship Fund for participating entrepreneurs.

1/12/10 P10 quoted in Read Write Start.

1/20/10 Jennie Kalberer joins P10 as a Six Week Sprint program facilitator.

1/25/10 Founders Chris Degiere, John Roberts, August Gilges, and Kurt Sussman begin the Portland Ten program.

1/25/10 Launch Skill Development, Scholarship Fund, and Sponsor programs.

3/1/10 P10 written up by Portland Business Journal.

3/3/10 P10 Summer 2009 alum ShopIgniter secures $3MM in venture capital from Madrona Ventures.

3/4/10 P10 quoted in Entrepreneur.com.

3/25/10 Portland Ten launches Spring Founders’ Guide.

4/16/10 Portland Ten’s First Staff Annual Fondue Party.

Cycle 5: Summer 2010

5/19/10 P10 announces Portland Startup Challenge and adds incentive partners OEN, BackSpace, The Green MicroGym, NedSpace, CorePower Yoga, and Seven Planet.

6/3/10 Mayor Sam Adams calls out Portland Ten at the Open Source Bridge conference, for connecting the best minds in Portland, to which the audience applauds.

6/7/10 Founders Kevin Pile, Brad Windecker, and Kerry Finsand join the Portland Ten program.

6/16/10 Gerald Baugh from Portland Development Commission, and Diane Fraiman, Voyager Capital, join Portland Ten as advisors.

6/16/10 Madeline White joins Portland Ten as our office manager.

7/1/10 Portland Ten produces Summer Founders’ Guide, adds  new Sponsors Voyager Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, Herd, Freed, Hartz, laPLANette, Cybertary, White & Lee, and Wealth Strategies NW.

7/23/10 Portland Ten First Annual Staff Pinata Party.

8/9/10 Portland Ten celebrates 18 months since launching, with the Summer 2010 cycle wrapping up on August 27, 2010.

Now What?

As we approach our October 2010 deadline, to get 10 companies to $1MM, and in celebrating the first 18 months of this marathon, we are taking some time to reflect on this goal:

  • Where we, and Portland, are at in comparison with where we started
  • What outcomes have been produced, quantitatively and qualitatively
  • What work continues to need to be done within the Portland startup community, to reach that target

In this process, and in the coming weeks, we will be sharing information and lessons learned, as well as collecting data from the 30 Portland entrepreneurs who have participated in the Portland Ten and Six Week Sprint, the hundreds of companies we interviewed in 5 application cycles, as well as the dozens and hundreds of community members in Portland and the greater Northwest region, who have been a part of our first 18 months.

One thing is for sure: Portland Ten is no longer an idea, and it has grown beyond myself. This truly has been a team effort, and I’d like to thank each and every individual and organization who stepped up to the plate to support the idea and the Portland startup community:

Advisors & Mentors: Mark Grimes, Rob Wiltbank, Kristin Wolff, Gerald Baugh, Diane Fraiman, Linda Weston, John Sechrest, Josh Friedman, Rob Eickmann.

Support Staff: Jim McConnell, Al Nodarse, Bill Pierzknik, Cocoon Design, Amy Winkelman, Pam Abrahamsson, the 245 Group.

Partners: Willamette University, Portland Development Commission, OEN, Startup Weekend,  NedSpace, FundingUniverse, Mercy Corps NW, BackSpace, The Green MicroGym, CorePower Yoga, and Seven Planet.

Sponsors: Davis, Wright, Tremaine, Olsen Group, Perkins and Company, Stephenson Group, Amy Winkelman Consulting, Profit Guide, Voyager Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, Herd, Freed, Hartz, laPLANette, Cybertary, White & Lee, and Wealth Strategies NW.

P10 Fan Club: there are so many, many others who contributed time, expertise, support, and participation during the first 18 months of Portland Ten– Jive Software, iterasi, Small Society, Yahoo!, Aisle7, Legion of Tech, Corvallis Benton Chamber Coalition, Jenica Cogdill, CubeSpace, Kevin Woo, Katherine Gray, Kate Walling, Brent & Lorelle VanFossen, Nancy King, Zuhair Gafur, Abraham Hyatt, SiliconFlorist.com, Mike Rogoway, Mayor Sam Adams, Skip Newberry, Dave Howell, Eileen Quenin, Ben Foote, David Molina, Cynthia Salbato, Elia Freedman, Daniel Soule, our Founders’ Coffee and Twitter community, and dozens of others– your contributions have greatly affected P10 and our work in the community.

Of course, the biggest thanks and kudos goes to my staff, and all 30 of the Portland Ten and Six Week Sprint participants who entered the programs, graduated, and have plugged away at their businesses for the last 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 months.

P10 Founders: Ken Beare, Dave Miller, Ben Parzybok, John Metta, Alan Wizemann, Steve Woodward, Don Hollerich, Kurt Sussman, Chris Degiere, August Gilges, John Roberts, Kevin Pile, Brad Windecker, Kerry Finsand.

Six Week Sprint Founders: Mandi Ellefson, Jennie Kalberer, Bill Burcham, Paul Bingman, Kate Walling, David Price, August Gilges, Beverly Fields, Cynthia Chimienti, Shannon Brown, Sean Larkin, Collin Ferguson, Sean Patrick, Jason Johnson.

You guys are the true startup rockstars of Portland and the real reason we do this work in the first place– thanks for stepping up and inspiring us to run the startup race with you; it’s been a complete privilege and we look forward to your continued progress & success in months & years to come.

P10 Staff: Nick Cottle, Jennie Kalberer, Madeline White. We have operated this entire 18 month project with less than the equivalent of 2 full-time employees, which is a complete miracle!

To my staff– you’ve been invaluable in your dedication to this project, your passion for working with startups, your support for each other and myself through good times and otherwise, your endurance and high commitment to doing excellent work on thin budgets, tight deadlines, and most importantly, your enthusiasm for being part of the Portland Ten team. Thank you each, sincerely.

Get Involved!

We continue to believe in the potential for Portland’s startup community to push beyond the glass ceiling and generate economic value and interesting, financially viable ventures, now and ongoing in the future.

If you’d like to get involved, or have any comments, questions, or suggestions about the Portland Ten and our programs, please feel free to contact us at cduncan@portlandten.com, or drop by Founders’ Coffee, Tuesday mornings 9 am at Backspace, 115 NW 5th Ave.

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Welcome New Staff: Madeline White! http://www.portlandten.com/2010/06/16/welcome-new-staff-madeline-white/ http://www.portlandten.com/2010/06/16/welcome-new-staff-madeline-white/#comments Thu, 17 Jun 2010 03:58:14 +0000 admin http://www.portlandten.com/?p=827 We’d like to welcome Madeline White, who is joining Portland Ten as our new Office Manager.

Madeline has previously worked for Portland Ten as a venture analyst, and has been a terrific addition to our staff, and invaluable in supporting the Portland Ten, Six Week Sprint, Skill Development, Checkups, Founders’ Coffee, and Field Trips programs.

You can read her bio below or on our Staff page.

Madeline White, Office Manager

Madeline is currently a full-time MBA candidate at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management with a focus in entrepreneurship and marketing.  She started working with Portland Ten in January, as a Junior Venture Analyst and is now working as office manager. 

Madeline graduated with honors from Montana State University, Bozeman with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Theatre Arts.  Her focus was on documentary film making and producing.

Prior to starting graduate school and working with Portland Ten, Madeline worked as a licensed real estate assistant on a highly successful four-person sales team.  She worked as the listing agent, and was thus responsible for the managing, marketing, and maintaining her team’s listings.

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Welcome New Advisors: Diane Fraiman (Voyager) and Gerald Baugh (PDC) http://www.portlandten.com/2010/06/16/welcome-new-advisors-diane-fraiman-voyager-and-gerald-baugh-pdc/ http://www.portlandten.com/2010/06/16/welcome-new-advisors-diane-fraiman-voyager-and-gerald-baugh-pdc/#comments Thu, 17 Jun 2010 03:51:04 +0000 admin http://www.portlandten.com/?p=820 We’d like to welcome Diane Fraiman, Voyager Capital, and Gerald Baugh, Portland Development Commission, into our advisor team at Portland Ten.

Diane and Gerald have been providing strategic advice and support to the Portland Ten for several months, and we look forward to their continued participation in our work with the entrepreneurial community. You can read more about them below, or on our Staff page.

Diane Fraiman, Advisor

Diane serves as a Venture Partner with Voyager Capital and focuses on software and digital media investments in the Pacific Northwest, particularly Oregon. With over 30 years of technology company experience in leading marketing, strategy and business development, Diane works with startups in the enterprise software, Internet/Web 2.0, and security software industries throughout the West Coast.

Diane was previously Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Sanctum, a VC-backed startup providing Web application security software (acquired by Watchfire) and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for the database company Informix Software (acquired by IBM), both based in Silicon Valley. Prior to her move to Silicon Valley, Diane was Vice President of Marketing for Tektronix (acquired by Danaher) in their Video and Networking Division and a marketing executive with Sequent Computer (acquired by IBM), both based in Oregon. She previously spent 16 years in sales and marketing roles at Digital Equipment Corporation in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Diane graduated with a Bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University in Biomedical Engineering, and received an Executive MBA from Insead in Fountainebleau, France. Diane lives in Portland, Oregon.

Gerald Baugh, Advisor

Gerald is the Business & Industry Manager for Portland Development Commission, an agency created by Portland voters in 1958, which has played a major role in keeping Portland one of America’s most livable cities, by completing projects in waterfront redevelopment, small business loans, affordable housing, new retail opportunities, transit-oriented development, business recruitment and retention.

Previously, Gerald was the Manager of Business Development at City of Vancouver, Regional Coordinator at State of Oregon - Economic & Community Development Dept, Regional Coordinator at State of Oregon, and Commercial Property Casualty Broker at Wausau Insurance.

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Portland Ten Announces Portland Startup Challenge Summer 2010 http://www.portlandten.com/2010/05/19/portland-ten-announces-portland-startup-challenge-summer-2010/ http://www.portlandten.com/2010/05/19/portland-ten-announces-portland-startup-challenge-summer-2010/#comments Wed, 19 May 2010 22:05:31 +0000 admin http://www.portlandten.com/?p=793

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! http://www.portlandten.com/2010/01/20/welcome-new-staff-jennie-kalberer/ http://www.portlandten.com/2010/01/20/welcome-new-staff-jennie-kalberer/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2010 22:31:54 +0000 admin http://www.portlandten.com/?p=718 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.

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Applications for Winter 2010 & Scholarships Now Open http://www.portlandten.com/2010/01/11/applications-for-winter-2010-scholarships-now-open/ http://www.portlandten.com/2010/01/11/applications-for-winter-2010-scholarships-now-open/#comments Mon, 11 Jan 2010 19:03:21 +0000 admin http://www.portlandten.com/?p=700 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.

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