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April 2024

Pitch Decks: Content & Design Strategies

 

Over the past fifty years, pitch decks have undergone a dramatic evolution, transitioning from mostly verbal presentations with simple charts and a focus on substance over style to more visually captivating modern decks that blend striking visuals with core messages to better capture and hold the audience’s attention.

That the first presentation can make or break a lucrative relationship with a customer, buyer or investor. But where do you start?

Join Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and our partners at Riff_ for a deep dive of what to include (and not) in pitch decks for a variety of audiences on Monday, April 8th starting at 2:30 pm on Zoom.

Their seasoned team will provide examples and tangible advice for you to nail that first impression!

 


Details


Location: 
Zoom

Date: Monday, April 8th

Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: OEN Members: Free, Non-Members: $5

Not yet an OEN member? Join today, and you can get to join in on future Co-Work with OEN events.


Thank You

 

Details
April 8, 2024 2:30 PM - April 8, 2024 4:00 PM
Zoom

May 2024

May: Co-Work with OEN

 

Entrepreneurship is often a lonely experience, but it doesn’t have to be.

Exchanging best practices with other founders and entrepreneurs in the same region, even if you have differing business types, can provide precious insights. You can learn from their experiences, pick up new ideas, and stay up-to-date on industry trends.

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network is partnering with our friends at Miller Nash to host  Co-Work with OEN on Wednesday, May 1st from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Kiln.

Make it your headquarters for the day. Set up your laptop and co-work with other founders in their common space, private phone booths, or soft seating areas.

  • Drop by and get answers to your IP questions from Miller Nash’s IP experts.
  • Meet with Portland Seed Fund to discuss your business plans, opportunities/challenges, and funding needs.  Find the old-school sign-up sheet located outside the PSF office near the base of the main staircase. Sign up for 15 or 30 min, and let’s both expand our knowledge!
  • There will be a break mid-day for lunch which will include a facilitated conversation with a regional thought leader. This May we are delighted to welcome Mark Mohammadpour, Owner and Chief Well-being Officer, Chasing the Sun.

So, join for the full day, or just for a portion of the day, and get connected with other regional entrepreneurs.


Featured Presentation

 

Mark Mohammadpour
Owner and Chief Well-being Officer
Chasing the Sun

 

Nine Steps to Create Your Company’s Culture of Well-being
Your employees do not value ping pong tables and free beer in the office. They want to take the time off they deserve, to feel safe in sharing vulnerabilities, be confident financially, quality sleep, and many other factors that in previous eras may have seemed out of reach.

Recent data says 88% of job seekers say that a healthy culture at work is vital for success, and 86% of job seekers avoid companies with a bad reputation.

But how do we ensure we’re taking care of our employees while meeting and exceeding business objectives? By building a Culture of Well-being that establishes clear communication and expectations to meet business objectives, while respecting the needs of employees to live a healthy life.

During this session, we’ll share relatable, practical, and actionable steps to ensure you and your team are living a Culture of Well-being that positively impacts the health of your staff and your business.

  • What is a “Culture of Well-being” and what is it not.
  • Your role, your middle-manager’s role, and your junior staff’s role in its development.
  • Actionable steps to use your company’s Culture of Well-being to retain and recruit your best talent.

Details


Location:
Kiln – 1120 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214

Date: Wednesday, May 1st

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: OEN Founder/Start-Up Members – All Day: $25, Morning or Afternoon Sessions: $15

Not yet an OEN member? Join today, and you can get to join in on future Co-Work with OEN events.

 


FAQ’s

  • This event is only open to OEN members in the Concept, Early ($0 – $99,999), Development ($100k – $1M), and Growth ($1M – $5M) stages.
  • There are limited spots at each Co-Work with OEN session, so registered individuals will be contacted by an OEN staff member to confirm that they have a space by Monday, April 15th.
  • A light breakfast, lunch and beverages will be provided throughout the day. Options will be provided to participants in advance of the event.

 


THANK YOU

        

Details
May 1, 2024 9:00 AM - May 1, 2024 4:00 PM
Kiln
1120 SE Madison St.
Portland, Oregon United States

May Entrepreneur Mixer: In Ashland

 

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) and our friends at Umpqua Bank headed to ASHLAND for our May Entrepreneur Mixer at The Growler Guys from 5:00 – 6:30 pm on Thursday, May 2nd.

During this event, you’ll have the opportunity to meet ambitious founders and entrepreneurs with a broad range of expertise and skills who are open to building new relationships and strengthening the regional innovation ecosystem. Enjoy nibbles and the first round of drinks on OEN, networking, and the chance to learn from regional thought leaders.

Cascade Lakes, the first and only not-for-profit brewery in Oregon, will be on hand to sample their beers and there will be some great raffle opportunities throughout the evening.


Pricing

  • OEN Member & Non-Member: Free

Light appetizers and the first drink will be provided for attendees by OEN.


The goal of OEN Entrepreneur Mixers are to prioritize founders and give them a space to have open conversations with peers. Please only register for this event if you are an Oregon or SW Washington founder or entrepreneur at an early, development or growth stage startup.

 


THANK YOU SPONSORS

 

     

Details
May 2, 2024 5:00 PM - May 2, 2024 6:30 PM
The Growler Guys
345 Lithia Way
Ashland, bbOR

Pitch, Please May (Live In Corvallis)

 

Receive feedback on your pitch before stepping foot in front of investors, buyers, or customers.

Pitch, Please is a monthly event hosted by OEN offering founders and entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their 5-minute pitch virtually or in person at select events throughout the state.

Join us IN PERSON in May as we head to the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute on Monday, May 20th from 4:00 –  6:30 pm.

Entrepreneurs and founders are welcome to register to pitch, or observe to learn how they can strengthen their own pitches.

Following each pitch, regional thought leaders will ask questions and provide feedback to help strengthen pitches for when it’s time for the real thing.

 


Details


Location:
Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute, 1110 NE Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97330

Date: Monday, May 20th

Time: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Cost: Free for OEN members – $5 for Non-Members

Not yet an OEN member? Join today, and you can get to join in on future Pitch, Please events.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT WILL CLOSE DOWN ON FRIDAY, MAY 17TH.

 


FAQ’s

  • This event is only open to founders and entrepreneurs who are in the Concept, Early ($0 – $99,999), Development ($100k – $1M), and Growth ($1M – $5M) stages.
  • There are limited spots to pitch at Pitch, Please per month, so registered companies will be contacted by an OEN staff member to confirm that they are pitching and provide a schedule with their estimated pitch time.
  • Pitching companies will create their own slides and control them during the event.
  • Startup companies NOT selected to pitch that month are encouraged to observe the event to learn from other founders and our Feedback Panel. They will also be given priority for the next month’s event lineup.
  • This event WILL be recorded and provided to pitching companies for their reference. It will not be released to the public.

May Feedback Panel

 

 

Tory Campbell
Senior Associate Executive Director of Experience
Oregon State University Alumni Association

 

 

Anne Lipsitz
Founder & Principal
Lipsitz Consulting

 

 

Skip Rung
President & Executive Director
ONAMI

 

 

 


Thank You

 

Details
May 20, 2024 4:00 PM - May 20, 2024 6:30 PM
Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute
1110 NE Circle Blvd
Corvallis, bbOR

Pop Up & Pitch: Portland

 

Building off the momentum of Oregon Angel Food’s 2023 Marketplace Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and our friends at Burgerville invite you to meet Oregon’s best new local food and beverage innovators at the Pop Up & Pitch at Tillamook Outpost in Portland on Friday, May 31st from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Marketplace vendors from throughout the Pacific Northwest will be on hand with products for attendees to sample, sip and buy.

The Pop Up & Pitch afternoon will also include a series of 3-minute pitches by food and beverage entrepreneurs. Just them, their product and a microphone.

 


Details


Location:
Tillamook Outpost, 1400 NW 22nd Ave suite 100, Portland

Time: 3:00 – 6:00pm

Pitches: 4:00 pm

Hashtag: #PopUp&PItch

Cost: Free

 


Featured Vendors

 


BBTEA JARS is a Zero Waste lifestyle brand that promotes and encourages reusables. BBTEA JARS created Portland’s 1st Zero Waste Boba Kit & offers non-dairy friendly boba tea beverage catering services.
bbteajars.com

 

Pudding and frozen pudding made from organic sweet potato. Dairy, egg, soy, nut, gluten free, no added sugar, hypoallergenic, diabetic/digestive issues/kids friendly, awesome tasting.
loveinmytumnyfoods.com

 

 

Premium quality, ecologically packaged extra virgin olive oil from Spain. Trust us as your source for the “Real Deal”!
gringocool.com

 

 

Single serve artisan sauces handmade with clean label ingredients in Beaverton, Oregon
howlatthespoon.com

 

Nut-Tritious Foods produces nut and seed butters with a blend of 5 super seeds to create a nutrient dense butter that is useful in everyday meals.
nut-tritiousfoods.com

 

TATU Protein Water is a clean, convenient source of protein to help you get more out of your workout.
drinktatu.com

 

Award winning Portland coffee roaster focusing on coffee at home, office or on vacation!
touringcoffeeroasters.com

 

 


Vendor Applications

For companies who are interested in showcasing your product at one of two Pop Up & Pitch Events in 2024 we invite you to follow the link below to apply.

POP UP & PITCH VENDOR APPLICATION

Only twenty-five companies will be chosen for each marketplace.

In addition to marketplace space, up to ten (10) Pop Up & Pitch participants will be invited to pitch their company for three-minutes from the stage. Just you, your product and a microphone.

Registration fees for each market:

  • OEN Member: $50
  • Non-Member: $75

 


Sponsors

 

burgerville

    

Details
May 31, 2024 3:00 PM - May 31, 2024 6:00 PM
Tillamook Outpost
1400 NW 22nd Ave, Suite 150
Portland, bbOR

June 2024

Pitch, Please: June

 

Receive feedback on your pitch before stepping foot in front of investors, buyers, or customers.

Pitch, Please is a monthly event hosted by OEN offering founders and entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their 5-minute pitch virtually or in person at select events throughout the state.

Following the pitch, regional thought leaders will ask questions and provide feedback to help strengthen pitches for when it’s time for the real thing.


Details


Location: 
Zoom

Date: Tuesday, June 18th

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cost: Free for OEN members

Not yet an OEN member? Join today, and you can get to join in on future Pitch, Please events.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT WILL CLOSE DOWN ON FRIDAY, JUNE 14TH.

 


FAQ’s

  • This event is only open to OEN Entrepreneur/Start Up Members who are in the Concept, Early ($0 – $99,999), Development ($100k – $1M), and Growth ($1M – $5M) stages.
  • There are limited spots at Pitch, Please per month, so registered companies will be contacted by an OEN staff member to confirm that they are pitching and provide a schedule with their estimated pitch time.
  • Pitching companies will create their own slides and control them on Zoom during the event.
  • Startup companies NOT selected to pitch that month are encouraged to observe the event to learn from other founders and our Feedback Panel. They will also be given priority for the next month’s event lineup.
  • This event WILL be recorded and provided to pitching companies for their reference. It will not be released to the public.

June Feedback Panel

 

 

Chris Magaña
Strategic Advisor
IMS Capital

 

Prashanth Peketi
Senior Consultant
Pepper Foster Consulting

 

Details
June 18, 2024 11:00 AM - June 18, 2024 1:00 PM
Zoom

July 2024

Pitch, Please: July

 

Receive feedback on your pitch before stepping foot in front of investors, buyers, or customers.

Pitch, Please is a monthly event hosted by OEN offering founders and entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their 5-minute pitch virtually or in person at select events throughout the state.

Following the pitch, regional thought leaders will ask questions and provide feedback to help strengthen pitches for when it’s time for the real thing.


Details


Location: 
Zoom

Date: Tuesday, July 16th

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cost: Free for OEN members

Not yet an OEN member? Join today, and you can get to join in on future Pitch, Please events.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT WILL CLOSE DOWN ON FRIDAY, JULY 12TH.

 


FAQ’s

  • This event is only open to OEN Entrepreneur/Start Up Members who are in the Concept, Early ($0 – $99,999), Development ($100k – $1M), and Growth ($1M – $5M) stages.
  • There are limited spots at Pitch, Please per month, so registered companies will be contacted by an OEN staff member to confirm that they are pitching and provide a schedule with their estimated pitch time.
  • Pitching companies will create their own slides and control them on Zoom during the event.
  • Startup companies NOT selected to pitch that month are encouraged to observe the event to learn from other founders and our Feedback Panel. They will also be given priority for the next month’s event lineup.
  • This event WILL be recorded and provided to pitching companies for their reference. It will not be released to the public.

July Feedback Panel

 

 

Dr. Alan Kadish
CEO
InvestorMatch.ai 

 

Nedra Rezinas
Marketing Strategist | Coach
Nedra Rezinas Consulting

Details
July 16, 2024 11:00 AM - July 16, 2024 1:00 PM
Zoom
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