OEN PubTalk: Beyond Angels – Startup Funders Pitch to YOU
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 angel investors, take some time to understand the full funding landscape, from community public offerings to crowdfunding to small business loans.
At our June PubTalk, funders will pitch to YOU to provide an overview of who their target market is and how they stack up to their competition.
The OEN PubTalk™ is our flagship monthly happy hour — a perfect starting point for new community members and a great place for established members to make new connections.
Our PubTalk program kicks off around 6 p.m. with a short pitch from an OEN member, followed by audience Q&A. As always, the program will be preceded by time for networking and will include free appetizers and pizza. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.
Cost: $10 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.*
Not yet an OEN member? Join today and you can get a free pass to our June PubTalk!
Executive Director, Ascent Funding
Ascent Funding aims to create financial equity and jobs in the Portland area through lending and business guidance to minority-owned, women-owned, disadvantaged, and low income business communities. Robin Wang brings over 20 years of experience working in various small business ventures involving technology, media, and social responsibility advocacy. Most recently, he owned a mission-based business that fostered the local green economies in several regions throughout the West. Since selling that business, he has served as an advisor helping other aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners achieve happiness.
CEO, Crowd Supply
Crowd Supply is a full-service crowdfunding platform for original, useful, respectful hardware. CEO Josh Lifton received his doctorate from the MIT Media Lab and holds a BA in physics and mathematics from Swarthmore College, which is to say he’s devoted a significant amount of his time learning how to make things that blink. Prior to Crowd Supply, Josh worked in a variety of technology settings, from instrumenting thousands of audience members with custom wearable computers for a Cirque du Soleil performance to, most recently, serving as head of engineering at Puppet Labs.
Mentor, Hatch Oregon
Hatch Oregon is a brand new economic engine for growing community capital. It’s a result of the work of Hatch Innovation, the nonprofit that pushed through Oregon’s new law enabling community investing. Brad Attig mentors startup founders and teams at Hatch Innovation, and also serves as the President and CEO of Carts and Tools Supply Inc., an Oregon Benefit Company manufacturing and selling agricultural tools to the small farm community. An experienced executive, Brad leverages his 20+ years of senior business experience with Macy’s, Target, Montgomery Wards, and Citibank to create exciting new businesses.
Business Finance Officer, Business Oregon
Business Oregon’s Small Business Expansion Program is a new alternate financing solution to accommodate growing companies that may not qualify for traditional financing. This pilot program allows businesses to pay a periodic revenue payment as a percentage of net sales combined with scheduled monthly payments of principal and interest. As Business Finance Officer for Business Oregon, David Weiss markets, underwrites, and services loan guarantees, direct loans, and Industrial Development Bonds for small and medium-size businesses. He previously served as a Senior Financial Analyst for Port of Portland.