Workshop: Pacific Northwest Startup Ecosystems

Pacific Northwest Startup Ecosystems

Learn about Pacific Northwest startup ecosystems – ecosystems we will cover include Eugene, Bend, Portland, Vancouver, Victoria and Anchorage. Topics include:

• Startup and technology initiatives as economic development strategies.

• Regional funding sources for startups raising capital.

• Ecosystem resources including co-working spaces, incubators/accelerators and startup conferences.

This workshop is designed for individuals that are interested in learning about Pacific Northwest startup ecosystems – including entrepreneurs, startup teams, consultants, business coaches, enterprise executives.

Workshop & Networking Objectives:

• Empower you with the tools and resources to expand your network into Pacific

Northwest startup ecosystems.

• Cover regional startup and technology initiatives as economic development strategies.

• Identify regional funding sources for startups raising capital.

• Identify Pacific Northwest ecosystem resources

*Food and drinks provided


Why Vancouver Is Becoming North America’s Next Big Tech Scene

Credit:, Clay Dillow

Christy Clark was kind enough not to mention the U.S. or its new President by name—at least not at first. But with talk of “Muslim bans” and H-1B visa restrictions swirling, the British Columbia Premier’s message to companies both Canadian and American was unmistakable: If the U.S. won’t welcome the world’s brightest engineers and programmers, so much the better for Canada.

Introducing the 2017 UW Jones + Foster Accelerator Cohort

Credit: UW, Charles Trillingham

The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship accepted nine student-created teams into the 2017 cohort of the Jones + Foster Accelerator (J+FA). These new entrepreneurs will work under the mentorship of top Seattle entrepreneurs and investors for the next six months to become early-stage startups. Those who meet their milestones and complete the accelerator can earn up to $25,000 in follow-on funding. Most importantly, they will learn a framework for defining measurable goals, as well as the skills to navigate obstacles both seen and unforeseen along their entrepreneurial journey

Fifty-six companies have completed the Jones + Foster Accelerator program since its inception in 2010. Forty-one of those have been awarded seed funding through the Accelerator totaling $870,000. Thirty-six are still in business today—raising millions in fundingbecoming household namesbringing families together in Haitipurifying drinking water in Somaliland, and powering cell phones in Kenyan villages.

Tacoma doesn’t need PhDs to see a Tech Boom.

If you’re follow the ‘Cascadia’ discussion, you certainly know that Tacoma is being left out:

What stands out to me if that Tacoma is just a 30 minute drive from Seattle, give or take traffic conditions.  The city is wedged between two, rather strong startup and tech ecosystems, in Portland and Seattle.  However, no one is talking about Tacoma.

There are lots of perspectives about why Tacoma isn’t benefiting from the growth Seattle is having.  You can certainly make the case that Tacoma is benefiting from some individuals who are moving south, but the people aren’t moving in droves.  In fact, the Economic Development Director at the City of Tacoma is putting all of his chips on the table; he’s convinced that Seattle’s over priced apartments, houses, office space, and cost of living will drive people to Tacoma.  He’s wrong and his strategy of ‘lets sell them on Tacoma because it’s cheaper’ isn’t working.  If you live by price, you’ll die by price.

The other argument that’s now on the table – Tacoma needs PhDs in order to see a tech boom of its own.  I don’t buy that argument either.  Quite frankly, it doesn’t hold water.

PhD’s are helpful in driving research-based technologies but they aren’t essential to entrepreneurship, so I also give a shrug to that. I don’t think there is correlation to business success, either.

(Credit to Evan Brubaker, Founder and CEO of Accumula, a Tacoma based technology startup)

I (we) could be wrong, but I’ve never seen a correlation between PhDs and business success…..I could certainly point you in the direction of several tech startups managed by men and women without PhDs.

Tacoma needs leadership – Tacoma needs the City of Tacoma to get out of its own way.  From my perspective, and take it for what it’s worth, Tacoma needs a Venture Catalyst.

In conjunction with Eli Moreno, Amber Moreno, Shadrach White, Lynda Lopez, and a few others, we’ve put the wheels in motion on Startup253.

Seven startup firms begin business accelerator training in Eugene

Credit: Register Guard, Micah Elconin

Seven startup firms are participating in the latest 16-week business instruction program by the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN.

RAIN Eugene, the state- and regionally funded entrepreneurial ­support organization, also announced it has hired a part-time consultant to work in Lane County cities.

The instruction program began June 15 with the following startups:

Collobos Software makes Presto, a software to manage printing in large, campus and corporate environments. It eliminates the proprietary aspects of print hardware and mobile technology, giving administrators end-to-end control.

  • Local Traffic provides “electronic concierge” services by connecting to hotels’ wireless hotspots.
  • Veraison Solutions connects people with wineries and their wines based on preferences.
  • Rhithwir is developing an all-direction treadmill for full-body virtual reality experiences.
  • Bliss Northwest Bridal offers bridal fashions for millennials, by millennials.
  • Aulaine Enterprises is a skin care company focused on protecting skin and tattoos. Aulaine products use exotic ingredients, essential oils and formulas backed by science.
  • Light Shield provides sports oriented active gaming hardware.
  • Real Live Food produces grab-and-go foods that are organic, gluten- and GMO-free.

Coastal Entrepreneurs Get Help From Oregon RAIN

Credit: KLCC, Rachael McDonald.

Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, helps connect entrepreneurs with resources to get their business ideas to reality. The non-profit works in Lane, Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties. Next week, a group of start-ups on the Central Coast will graduate from RAIN’s pre-accelerator program. Oregon RAIN Coastal Demo Day:

Seattle startup founder sought a business partner, got a women’s alliance instead

Credit: Seattle Times, Rachel Lerman.

The Seattle Female Founders Alliance, set up by the founder of toy company Venture Kits, has become an online and in-person forum for women who have launched startups.

Acting on instinct, the Seattle entrepreneur sat down at her computer that day in January and somewhat hastily created a Facebook group, adding all her local female friends who were startup founders. After a year working as a vice president at Seattle-based makeup company Julep, and several turns volunteering with startup accelerator Techstars, Feinzaig knew quite a few people in the community.

BendTECH hosts Startup Resource Fair

Credit: Kelly Kearsley, Startup Bend.

As a startup founder — or founder in the making — you have limited time. But what if you could connect with all the resources you need to start or grow your business, in one place? You can at the BendTECH’s first Startup Resource Fair, May 24th at the 1001 Tech Center.


Seattle’s Intentionet lands $3M in Om Malik’s first Pacific NW investment

Credit: Geekwire written by Tom Krazit.

The process of developing software has been dramatically improved over the last several years with the introduction of concepts like continuous deployment and automatic debugging. The founders of Intentionet think those concepts should be applied to network engineering.