OEN NewsAnnouncing the Winners of the 21st Annual OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards

2014 OEN Tom Holce Awards WinnersOctober 15, 2014, Portland, Oregon – The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is pleased to announce the winners of the 21st annual OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards, presented Wednesday, October 15 at the Oregon Convention Center. The awards program is Oregon’s largest annual entrepreneurial gathering, celebrating the region’s best and brightest entrepreneurs. It has been chronicled on social media at #oenawards.

The winners in each category include:


GlobeSherpa specializes in mobile application development for transit, parking, and events. The company was chosen because it has a great team and cohesive culture, has accomplished a large amount in a short time, is changing a legacy system, is capitalizing on a huge opportunity, has successfully navigated through tough times, and is led by a charismatic, tenacious, and results-oriented CEO who personifies the resilient character of successful, bootstrapped entrepreneurs.

The two other finalists for this category were:

  • Inpria, Andrew Grenville, CEO
  • Nouvola, Paola Moretto, Co-Founder & CEO

DEVELOPMENT STAGE CATEGORY WINNERSalt & Straw, Kim Malek & Tyler Malek, Co-Founders

Salt & Straw—a small-batch, all-natural ice cream company—was chosen because it is relentlessly mission- and brand-focused, with a strong guiding philosophy and a commitment to the surrounding community; has experienced rapid and sustainable growth, with high potential for scalability; has high profit margins; and is uniquely focused on innovation and user experience, making it stand out from its competitors.

The two other finalists for this category were:

  • Chirpify, Chris Teso, Founder & CEO
  • barre3, Sadie Lincoln, Founder

GROWTH STAGE CATEGORY WINNERElemental Technologies, Sam Blackman, CEO & Co-Founder

Elemental Technologies is the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery. The company was chosen because it is transforming its industry, has laid out a vision and has seen it come through, has a veteran management team and highly capable employees, is demonstrating continued innovation as it grows, and is a strong Oregon-based company that engages with the surrounding community.

The two other finalists for this category were:

  • Puppet Labs, Luke Kanies, CEO & Founder
  • ZoomCare, Dave Sanders, Co-Founder & CEO


Luke Kanies was chosen because he has built a company to last, with an impressive growth rate and team; has no fear of failure; wants to do great work and solve a pain point; has had meaningful impact on both the company’s customers and the industry as a whole; and has deep passion for what the company is doing, as well as overwhelming curiosity and a desire to keep innovating.

The two other finalists for this category were:

  • Jason Bolt, Founder & CEO, Society43 & Revant Optics
  • Jill Nelson, CEO, Ruby Receptionists


The winner for OEN’s inaugural Game Changer Award was determined by an audience vote at the Awards ceremony on October 15. The Puralytics SolarBag is a sunlight activated water purification system that could bring clean water to remote areas or disaster zones. The other finalists for this category were the TomegaVax platform, new vaccine technology that could cure and prevent HIV, and Inpria’s photoresistors, photopatternable metal oxide thin films that will keep costs down for computing devices.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS—Brenda Meltebeke, Ater Wynne and Scott Davidson, White Summers

The volunteer of the year category honors individuals who have graciously offered their time and service to OEN and the local business community.

“Both our winners and finalists honor Tom Holce’s legacy of strong values, and leading by example,” says Linda Weston, OEN’s President and Executive Director. “They showcase the next generation of entrepreneurs whose innovation and energy make such a difference in our region.”

For additional information, please visit: http://oen.wpengine.com/awards.


About Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

A nonprofit, membership-driven organization with a 23-year track record, OEN connects entrepreneurs to a network of peers and mentors, startup funding opportunities, and hands-on training. Our mission is to drive innovation, facilitate job creation, and put Oregon on the map as a center for entrepreneurial excellence. For more information about the OEN, visit oen.org.

Jeff Fishburn
OnPR for Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Kerala Taylor
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Leave a Reply

Back to Top
Simple Share Buttons
Simple Share Buttons