Portland has increasingly gained traction as a city know for its vibrant tech community, active investors, innovative startups and abundance of talent.  In only a handful of years two companies (the Portland Incubator Experiment and the Portland Seed Fund) collectively helped launch more than 60 companies. It’s clear that PDX has what it needs to make it on the startup map – community, vision, and a strong make-it-happen mentality.

So how does an up-and-coming entrepreneur get involved? Well, Portland Startup Week (Feb. 1 -5) is one way get started. The community-driven program offers everything from coffee networking events, to panels, to project features and more. It’s basically a snapshot and a speed networking week for the entrepreneurial folks of Portland.

Learn how to navigate this event by joining us this Friday, Jan. 29 for a Biz503 episode previewing the week’s offerings. Hosts Mark Grimes and Stephen Green will guide discussions on how to get involved, tips to make the most of the week, and suggestions for next steps. They’ll be joined by a startup savvy group of panelists, including:

Rick Turoczy: General Manager of PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) and founder of Silicon Florist

Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: Co-founder of Built Oregon, Owner of More Human Leadership and a Partner of Social Venture Partners Portland

Mitch Daugherty: Founder of Morange Design and Co-Founder/Managing Editor at Built Oregon

Jay Wallace: Organizer/Host of FailPDX

Janelle Coburn: Portland Chapter Lead at ChickTech

Yu Te: Chief Marketing Geek at MacPCX

Andrea Kelley: Marketing Manager at Quick Left