OEN Entrepreneurship Awards 2021: FUTUREPROOF

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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 EarlyDevelopment, and Growth stages, plus three special categories: 30th AnniversaryFUTUREPROOF, 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.

Swag Box

To keep everyone safe and healthy, please plan to wear a mask and pick up your Swag Box on Monday, November 15th, between 4:30-6:30pm at Market of Choice Goat Blocks (1090 SE Belmont in Portland). Any boxes not picked up will be shipped out first thing Tuesday morning.


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 Company 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 Company About

Raj Vable Founder | Young Mountain Tea

Allie Magyar | Founder & CEO | Hubb, Inc

OEN 30th Anniversary Award:

Absci | Sean McClain – Founder & CEO. Absci won the OEN Gamechanger Award in 2015 and the Launch/Startup Stage Award in 2017.

Salt & Straw | Kim Malek – Co-Founder & CEO, Tyler Malek – Co-Founder and Head of Innovation. Salt & Straw won the OEN Development Stage Award in 2014.

Vacasa | Lisa Jurinka – Chief Legal Officer. Vacasa won the OEN Growth Stage Award in 2018 and Founder Eric Breon was awarded the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award in 2015. 

Wildfang | Emma McIlroy – Founder & CEO. Wildfang won the OEN Development Stage Award in 2013, and Emma McIlroy was awarded the OEN Entrepreneurial Achievement Award in 2018.

Zapproved Monica Enand – Founder & CEO. Monica Enand was awarded the OEN Entrepreneurial Achievement Award in 2016.

ZoomInfo Henry Schuck – Co-Founder & CEO. ZoomInfo, then known as DiscoverOrg, won the OEN Growth Stage Award in 2015.

Emcee: Ciara Pressler


Ciara Pressler is an award-winning entrepreneur, frequent speaker and media guest expert, and the author of Game Plan: Achieve Your Goals in Life, Career, and Business. Known for breaking down business concepts into actionable strategy, she has worked with thousands of people across all sectors to create their game plan for success. Her Oregon-based company Pregame trains entrepreneurs, executives, and teams to level up, reach peak performance, and move forward faster. Over the past 15 years, Ciara has collaborated on team and business growth for MTV, A&E Networks, Conde Nast, Hearst, Wanderlust, Travel Portland, the City of Portland, and for innovative startups across the U.S. and around the world. More at www.ciarapressler.com.


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.


Thank You Sponsors!




November 18, 2021 5:00 PM - November 18, 2021 8:00 PM
Online! Link will be sent and posted prior to the event
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