OEN Member News2018 OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship awards includes well known Oregon startups, newcomers (Portland Business Journal) 

Twenty-six entrants will compete for this year’s Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards.

Each year, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network honors founders and startups with an award named for the late Holce, a prominent entrepreneur and savvy investor. Hundreds of the state’s founders, investors and other startup and small business types gather annually for the event, which takes place this year Oct. 24 at the Oregon Convention Center.

In addition to the founder and company honors, the event will feature a "Game Changer Award," given to a non-profit or social enterprise. A student entrepreneur will also be selected for the Battle of the Schools award that honors the legacy of Wyatt Starnes, founder of CignaCert and co-founder of Tripwire.

Finalists for the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award are:

Mahmood Sher-Jan ,  CEO of cybersecurity firm RADAR
Jason Bolt , CEO of eyewear and lens maker Revant Optics
Emma Mcilroy, CEO of apparel brand Wildfang
Tim Hysell and Dan Sisson, co-founders of battery maker ZincFive

 

Finalists for the Bootstrap Stage Company Award, or startups with revenue up to $500,000:

Krowdsourced, which makes software for materials selection for architects and builders
NOBULL Specialty Foods, which manufactures all-natural starter concentrates for use in soups, baked goods and marinades
Premium Organics, a premium pet food maker
Uform, which makes 3D modeling software for industrial uses

Early Stage Company Award finalists, or startups with revenue up to $1 million:

Riff Cold Brewed Coffee manufactures packaged cold brew coffee
Stackery makes software for customers to monitor backend infrastructure and serverless applications
Tali makes a software application for smart assistants that allows customers to easily track billable hours

 

Development Stage Company Award, or startups with projected revenue between $1 million and $8 million:

Gear Up Sports, maker of sports apparel for youth teams
Poached Jobs, a job board and human resources software tool for restaurants and hospitality businesses
Sseko Designs, a footwear and accessory maker

 

Growth Stage Company Award, or startups with revenue of at least $8 million:

Circle Media Labs, which makes a WiFi networking monitoring device for families
DWFritz Automation, a manufacturer of industrial automation tools
Pollinate, a consumer brand agency
Vacasa, a vacation home rental management platform and service

Source: www.bizjournals.com

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