Startups

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6 finalists selected for Prosper Portland’s ‘In the Running’ pitch competition

Credit: Clare Duffy, Portland Business Journal Six entrepreneurs looking to carve out their place in the consumer goods industry were selected last week as finalists for the In the Running pitch competition. The competition, hosted by Prosper Portland and the Oregon Angel Fund, will give the finalists a chance to […]

The Right Way to Support Your City’s Local Startups

Credit: David Zipper, 1776 Venture Fund HQ2—Amazon’s very public search for a second headquarters in North America—has attracted applications from over 200 citiesoffering an array of taxpayer subsidies as part of their pitch. But the expense and distraction of the HQ2 competition have also created a backlash, as skeptics question whether corporate relocation […]

Amazon Alexa Fund backs Vancouver, BC connected car startup Mojio, as part of $23M funding round

Credit: Nat Levy, Geekwire Mojio, a Vancouver, B.C. startup that aims to connect cars to the internet, has raised a $23 million funding round, with participation from Amazon’s Alexa fund. Mojio provides a cloud-based platform and teams up with network operators that make hardware that can plug into a car’s diagnostic […]

Portland logistics startup raises $5M

Credit: Malia Spencer, Portland Business Journal Portland-based Fleet Logistics Inc. has raised another $5 million from investors, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The young company made news last spring when it secured a $4 million seed round led by Texas-based Hunt Technology Ventures. Fleet declined to comment […]

Portland startup’s technology lands in Netgear routers

Credit: Malia Spencer, Portland Business Journal A partnership between Portland’s Circle Media Labs Inc. and networking company Netgear Inc. could dramatically increase the Portland startup’s reach almost overnight. Circle’s technology — sold as Circle with Disney — will now be available on two of Netgear’s home networking devices. Those buying two of Netgear’s popular […]

Seattle startup Pixvana uses virtual reality to make pitch to investors — and pulls in $14M

Credit: Rachel Lerman, Seattle Times Virtual-reality software developer raises money from some high-profile investors, including Vulcan Capital and Microsoft Ventures. Virtual-reality headsets aren’t yet in every home, but Seattle startup Pixvana plans to be ready to stream all types of 360-degree videos by the time they are. Pixvana said Monday […]

Spokane, WA startup backed by ex-NBA players raises cash for real-time high school sports scoring app

Credit: Taylor Soper, Geekwire Real-time scoring is commonplace in pro and college sports. But many high school teams across the U.S. still rely on pen and paper to record game results and other statistics. Scorebook Live is looking to modernize this process with technology. The startup, originally founded in San Diego […]

Portland smart home startup lands Intel Capital backing

Credit: Malia Spencer, Portland Business Journal Intel Capital has invested more than $1 million in Portland smart home technology maker Iotas. The money will allow the company to continue to expand its engineering team. Iotas offers smart home technology for the rental market. Its hardware and software allows renters to create profiles […]

Jeff Bezos-backed indoor farming startup Plenty opens 100K square-foot facility in Seattle region

Credit: Taylor Soper, Geekwire An indoor farming startup backed by some of the biggest names in tech has arrived in Seattle, expanding its effort to change how people eat fruits and vegetables. Plenty grows its plants in 20-foot tall towers inside a climate-controlled facility with LED lights. Plenty today announced that […]