OEN Startup Workshop Series


Wouldn’t it be cool if….? You’ve got an idea for a startup you’ve been talking about for months, but you’re not sure whether or not to run with it. Our three-part startup workshop series will help you determine if your idea is sound, how to fund it, and how to bring it to market. If you’re tired of talking and want to take action, this series is for you!


Session 1: Is There a There, There?

When: June 9, 3-5 PM
Where: CENTRL, 1355 NW Everett St, 1st Floor (Portland)

Your mom loves your idea, but will anyone else? Do you have a full grasp of the competitive landscape, your target customer, and the problem you are solving? Our workshop leaders will address these tough questions to help you determine if your concept is truly worth pursuing.

Workshop Leaders:
Angela JacksonAngela Jackson is Co-Managing Director of Portland Seed Fund and Director of Portland State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Angela is a past Chair of Angel Oregon and past President of Keiretsu Forum Portland chapter. An entrepreneur herself, early in her career, Angela launched, secured funding, and managed several ventures including a clean water educational nonprofit.

Jon Maroney of Oregon Angel FundJon Maroney leads the Oregon Angel Fund’s outreach, organizational partnerships, and deal flow cultivation efforts. In 2013, Jon joined OAF as an investor and in 2015 he joined the management team. Jon was founder and CEO of two companies that were pioneers in the mobile internet space: StoryCode (sold to TigerLogic) and FreeRange (sold to Handmark).

We recommend that you register for all three sessions (at right). If you wish to register for just this session, you may do so here:

Sponsored by: Portland Development Commission


Session 2: Beyond Angels – Understanding the Complete Funding Landscape

When: July 19, 3-5 PM
Where: CENTRL, 1355 NW Everett St, 1st Floor (Portland)

Much ado is made about angel investment and venture capital, but the truth of the matter is that the majority of businesses get their funding elsewhere. Before you start chasing down investors, take some time to understand the full funding landscape, from small business loans to crowdfunding to those good ol’ fashioned bootstraps. Our panelists will paint a complete picture, including the implications of taking funding, the difference between dilutive and non-dilutive funding, and why it matters.

Camron DossCamron Doss is the District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Portland District Office. Doss oversees SBA programs related to access to capital, federal procurement opportunities, business assistance and economic development.


Stephen GreenStephen Green currently serves as Community Director of Elevate Capital. Formerly, Stephen was Vice President at Albina Community Bank where he made loans as large as $4M to companies in the advanced manufacturing, technology, and craft beverage industries. Stephen also contracted at Nike and founded the nation’s first nonprofit brewpub, Oregon Public House.

Gina KavenyGina Kaveny is Vice President of Business Development Northwest Territory at LSQ Funding Group, where she provides specialized working capital solutions through Factoring, Accounts Receivable Financing and Asset Based Lending to companies. Gina has worked in supply chain for more than 18 years, helping companies expand their business internationally.

Adam ZimmermanAdam Zimmerman serves as Executive Vice President for Craft3, guiding organizational growth. Created in 1994, Craft3 is a certified nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with over $200 million under management and 50 employees. Craft3 offers an array of capital products, including business, real estate, community development loans, and consumer loans.

We recommend that you register for all three sessions (at right). If you wish to register for just this session, you may do so here:

Sponsored by: Portland Development Commission


Session 3: Going to Market – An Action Plan For Reaching Your Customer

When: August 10, 3-5 PM

You’ve defined your value proposition and your target market. Now what? How will you actually begin to offer your product or service? How will your customers find out about it? What are the channels you will use to sell and distribute? In the last session of our startup series, find out how you can actually take the leap and go to market.

Sponsored by: Portland Development Commission


June 9, 2016 3:00 PM
August 10, 2016 5:00 PM
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1355 NW Everett St
1st Floor
Megan O'Leary
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