OEN NewsOregon Entrepreneurs Network to Present the Inaugural Wyatt Starnes Memorial Award

William Wyatt Starnes, founder and CEO of SignaCert and cofounder of Tripwire Inc.
William Wyatt Starnes, founder and CEO of SignaCert and cofounder of Tripwire Inc.

Portland, Ore.— OEN’s inaugural Wyatt Starnes Memorial Award, to be presented on October 15, 2014 at OEN’s 2014 Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards in Portland, Oregon, will honor our region’s most promising early-stage tech entrepreneur.

The winner will receive a one-year scholarship to OEN’s educational workshops, programs, and events, as well as a $3,000 cash award. Starting this fall, the Wyatt Starnes Memorial Award will be presented annually.

William Wyatt Starnes, founder and CEO of SignaCert and cofounder of Tripwire Inc., died on May 10, 2014 at age 59. Says John Stewart, Chief Technical Officer for Cisco Systems, “Wyatt was the rare and valuable combination of visionary, intellect, and larger-than-life entrepreneur. [He] made a huge impact on our industry during his life, and in his memory continues that legacy.”

Holly Files, past OEN Board Chair and SVP of Customer Success at Puppet Labs, adds, “Wyatt was a wonderful example of Oregon’s entrepreneurial spirit, driving innovation in cyber-security and bringing significant economic benefit to the region.”

OEN is seeking early-stage tech entrepreneurs in Oregon or Southwest Washington who will carry on Starnes’ legacy. To be considered, candidates must embody Starnes’ distinguishing qualities, demonstrating enthusiasm, willingness to work hard toward a goal, fearlessness when it comes to taking big risks, and commitment to changing the world for the better.

Eligible entrepreneurs can apply for the Wyatt Starnes Memorial Award by Wednesday, Sept. 10 at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wyattstarnes

About Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Founded in 1991, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing opportunities for Oregon entrepreneurs and improving the business climate for emerging, growth-oriented companies statewide. The organization has members throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. For more information about the OEN, visit oen.org.

For additional information, contact:

Press inquiries:
Kerala Taylor
Director of Marketing & Communications, OEN

Application questions:
Julie Brown
Director of Special Events and Investment Groups

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