OEN Entrepreneurship Awards 2021: FUTUREPROOF

This November 18th, join OEN and the Oregon entrepreneurial community as we honor the exceptional startups that inspire and propel us into the future. Enjoy an evening of celebration with your colleagues and clients either via a virtual table or IRL at an Official Watch Party. This is a great opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate the special people and teams who make up Oregon’s innovation economy.

Awards will be given in Early, Development, and Growth stages, plus three special categories: 30th Anniversary, FUTUREPROOF, and Entrepreneurial Achievement.

Thursday, November 18th, 2021:

  • 5pm – Online networking, or meet up in person at an Official Watch Party
  • 6-8pm – Awards Ceremony
  • 8pm+ – Afterparties continue in-person and online!

Play Your Way: 

Host a virtual table and gather from afar, or go all out with an in-person watch party. Either way, the OEN Awards are a chance to glam up, reconnect, and celebrate hard work and hope as we look to the future together.


OEN has been helping build Oregon’s entrepreneurial community since 1991 – that alone is something to celebrate! But we do it for the founders. So let’s come together to cheer all those teams creating the future in real-time.

Award Categories

Early, Development and Growth Awards the best of the best in each stage of the entrepreneurial lifecycle, based on financial achievement, traction, team, and social impact. Three Awards will be given, one in each stage.

30th Anniversarythis award will honor a past OEN Award or Angel Oregon finalist or winner that has gone on to greatness. The winner will be selected live by audience vote at the Awards!

FUTUREPROOFwhat startups have the resilience and adaptability to thrive in an age of flux? Who’s solving the problems of the future? This award will celebrate a startup poised to thrive in the next 30 years.

Entrepreneurial Achievement – that they’ve led their company to success is a given, but who demonstrates outstanding, ethical leadership, fosters a great workplace culture, and sets an example others want to emulate? That’s our Entrepreneurial Achievement winner.

Note: Eligible companies must be based in Oregon or SW Washington and incorporated since 2011. 

2021 OEN Awards Finalists 

Early Stage: 

Young Mountain Tea | Raj Vable, Founder

Gabbi, Inc. | Kaitlin Christine Founder & CEO

Easeenet.com | Erin McCune, Founder & CEO 

Development Stage: 

The Renewal Workshop | Jeff Denby & Nicole Bassett, Co-Founders

Skypoint Cloud | Tisson Mathew, Founder & CEO 

The Wild | Gabe Paez, Founder & CEO 

Growth Stage: 

ABSCI | Sean McClain, Founder & CEO

RFPIO Inc. | Ganesh Shankar, CEO & Co-Founder, AJ Sunder & Sankar Lagudo, Co-Founders

Slumberkins | Kelly Oriard & Callie Christensen | Co-Founders & Co-CEOs


A Kids Book About | Jelani Memory, Founder & CEO

The Renewal Workshop | Jeff Denby & Nicole Bassett, Co-Founders

Brandlive | Sam Kolbert-Hyle, President & CEO

Entrepreneurial Achievement:  

Jelani Memory | Founder | A Kids About Book

Raj Vable | Founder | Young Mountain Tea

Allie Magyar | Founder & CEO | Hubb, Inc

Learn More

To book a virtual table or Official Watch Party, inquire about sponsorships, or get answers to other questions, please contact Alex Gamboa Grand.

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