There’s an endless diversity of startup ideas in Portland, but they almost all have one thing in common: They need capital to launch.
Luckily, not only does our city have a robust startup scene, but we’re also innovative and entrepreneurial about gathering funds. The City of Roses has pulled in more than tens of millions in Kickstarter funds. And we’re home to acceleration, microloan, venture capital and angle investor programs, including Portland Seed Fund, Oregon Angel Investors and Elevate Capital, just to name a few.
These sources of capital are the foundational to keeping Portland a startup city. The question then arises – how do we keep that money circulating, and how can entrepreneurs get access to it?
Join us this Friday between 1-2 p.m. on PRP for an encore presentation of Biz503. Mark Grimes of NedSpace and Stephen Green of Elevate Capital led a discussion about access to capital. They were joined by a stellar panel of guests who shared perspectives on how to keep funds in Portland’s startup ecosystem. Our guest list included:
Noah Brockman – Capital Access Team Lead at the Oregon SBDC Network
Mike Rogoway – Business Writer at The Oregonian
Joshua Lifton, Founder/CEO of Crowd Supply
Derrell Ness, President/Founder of Feathered Nesst Public House
Chris Lyon, Director of Operations at Mudshark Studios
Morgan Masterman, Microenterprise and Small Business Development Program at Portland Development Commission
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