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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

August 2024

August Entrepreneur Mixer

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is excited to be partnering with Lane Powell, City of Vancouver and CoLab Coworking for our August Entrepreneur Mixer in Vancouver, Washington from 5:00 – 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 1st.

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 drinks, networking, and the chance to learn from regional thought leaders.


Pricing

  • OEN Member: Free
  • Non-Member: $10

Light food and drinks will be provided for attendees.


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

 

Lane Powell


Details
August 1, 2024 5:00 PM - August 1, 2024 6:30 PM
CoLab Coworking
915 Broadway Street
Vancouver, Washington United States

August: 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, August 7th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at NedSpace.

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.

  • Connect, in person, with the OEN team.
  • Drop by and get answers to your IP questions from Miller Nash’s IP experts and join us for their facilitated mid-day lunch. 

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


Featured Presentation

 

 

Julie Reed
Partner
Miller Nash

 

 

Delfina Homen
Special Counsel
Miller Nash

 

 

According to a 2017 study, startups with patents in the US have 55% higher employment growth and 80% higher sales growth over five years than startups without patents. Early-stage startups with patents can earn 73% more capital, late-stage startups can earn 71% more, and venture-growth stage startups can earn 46% more. 

By protecting intellectual property, a company can expand the value of their assets and increase future productivity. Patents and copyrights give companies exclusive ownership to their creative innovations.

We are delighted to have Julie Reed and Delfina Homen lead a basic overview of trademarks, patents, and copyrights. They will also address some situations specific to startups within each area of intellectual property law.

 


Details


Location:
NedSpace – 707 SW Washington St #1100, Portland, OR 97205

Date: Wednesday, August 7th

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, July 29th.
  • 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
August 7, 2024 9:00 AM - August 7, 2024 4:00 PM
NedSpace
707 SW Washington St #1100
Portland, bbOR

Pitch, Please: August

 

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, August 20th

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cost: Free

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.

August Feedback Panel

 

Erik Andersson
President
SEDCOR

 

 

Yoanne Clovis
Science Branding & Communication Consultant / Founder
Yoanne Clovis, LLC

Details
August 20, 2024 11:00 AM - August 20, 2024 1:00 PM
Zoom

September 2024

2024 Business Startup Essentials: Cohort 2

 

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Startup Business Essentials is a 5-part series designed to equip entrepreneurs with the essentials to support their growing businesses, uncover the common pitfalls that lead to failure, and gain invaluable insights from thought leaders and successful founders. Offering practical guidance and expert advice to set you on the right path on your entrepreneurial journey.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet peers and a community of service providers, investors, organizations and agencies available to support your success.

Monday’s – 8:30 – 10:00 am

Monday, September 28th – 4:30 – 7:00 pm

    • Cohort Pitch Practice

All Zoom programming will be recorded and distributed following the session for asynchronous participation.


Startup Business Essentials Series Pricing

  • $100 OEN Member
  • $150 Non-Member

All programming will be recorded and distributed following the session for asynchronous participation.


The program is a best fit for:

  • Entrepreneurs and founders who are in the Concept, Early ($0 – $99,999), and Development ($100k – $1M) stages of their company’s growth.
  • Ideally post-revenue, with a product created and launched.
  • Those looking to learn how best to finance growth, meet investors, connect with mentors, and solve operational problems
  • Interest in working towards investment through OEN’s Angel Oregon programs.
  • Desire to eventually build a regional/national brand.

Education Series registration includes:

  • Five core workshops featuring top regional thought leaders, all conducted via Zoom and recorded.
  • Recommendations for books, blogs, podcasts, templates and more to support your business.
  • Admission into OEN’s August virtual Pitch, Please program, regardless of membership status.
  • In-person Pitch Practice with mentors and investors in Portland.
  • Discount on registration for 2024 OEN Oregon Angel programming (AOBio, AOTech and OregonAF) including the opportunity to vie for equity investment (AOBio).

Education Sessions

DEVELOPING A HEALTHY FINANCIAL STRUCTURE

Monday, September 16th  I  8:30 am

Featuring: Beth Nguyen, Senior Manager – Forward/Slash

Used by company decision-makers and potential partners, investors and lenders alike, a financial plan typically includes the company’s sales forecast, cash flow projection, expected expenses, key financial metrics and more. It serves as the fiscal backbone of any successful venture.

By delving into these core components, businesses can effectively allocate resources, mitigate risks, and ensure long-term sustainability.

Session Focus Points

  • Review the current structures in place to track and manage financial information.
  • Learn how to read your Profit/Loss (P/L) and Balance Sheet to make informed financial decisions.
  • Determine healthy margins for your business based on your industry.
  • Identify tools to help you manage your finances.
  • Identify the professionals you need to hire to assist you with creating a healthy financial routine.

INSURING YOUR STARTUP

Monday, September 23rd I 8:30 am

Featuring: Richard Lucas –West Portland Agency Manager – COUNTRY Financial and Guillermo Salazar – Financial Representative – COUNTRY Financial

As you launch your company, there’s a lot to think about, and getting insurance is probably nowhere near the top of your list. But having the proper business insurance in place from its early stages is essential, and a smart small business insurance plan addresses the types of risks that affect your company and industry.

Startups are vulnerable to many of the same risks as larger, more established businesses, such as lawsuits, accidental injuries, theft of business property and cyber attacks. Without small business insurance, your startup would have to pay out of pocket for lawsuits and claims, which could be financially devastating.

Determining the needs of your business will make sure you’re properly protecting your company and your assets, as well as avoiding out-of-pocket claims.

Session Focus Points

  • Assessing Your Risks
  • Basic Coverage
  • General Liability
  • Insurance Needs upon Investment
  • Employee Coverage
  • Product Liability

 

BUSINESS ENTITY STRUCTURE CHECKLIST

Monday, September 30th  I  8:30 am

Featuring: Ann McQuesten, Corporate Partner – Perkins Coie

Launching a new business requires much more than coming up with a catchy name. As a founder, you will be faced with a multitude of important decisions. One of the first is to choose which business entity structure is the best fit for your startup.

The business structure you choose influences everything from day-to-day operations, to taxes and how much of your personal assets are at risk. You should choose a business structure that gives you the right balance of legal protections and benefits.

Session Focus Points

  • Identify the correct entity structure for your business.
  • Determine the correct documents you need to establish your business structure
  • Review the financial tasks you need to complete to establish your business.
  • Review the tax requirements for your business.
  • What it takes to switch from one entity to a different entity.

FUNDING YOUR COMPANY

Monday, October 7th I 8:30 am

Featuring: Josie Jeremiah, Associate Attorney – Tonkon Torp

Bringing your idea to life typically requires an investment — and funding a business can be tricky for entrepreneurs without a financial history or fully developed product.

The number and types of funding options can be overwhelming for a new startup and securing adequate funding for your business can be challenging. Understanding the types of startup funding can help you understand what’s out there and how it aligns with your company’s goals.

Session Focus Points

  • Becoming bankable
  • Review different funding options 
  • Determine which funding options are best for you.
  • Create a plan for funding your business.
  • Strategies for managing personal and professional debt while running a business.
  • Review balance sheets, current debt and financing needs to determine the kind of financial assistance needed to grow the business.

WHY SUCCESSION PLANNING NEEDS TO START FROM THE BEGINNING

Monday, October 21st I 8:30 am

Featuring: Aimee Keeney, Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

You will leave your business one day. Whether large or small, organized as a corporation, a partnership, a limited liability company or a sole proprietorship, you must be prepared for that day.

Your success represents much more than simply money and property. It represents your skill, your achievements, and your values. A coordinated exit strategy that addresses all elements can safeguard what you have worked hard to build over your lifetime.

Understanding your objectives and learning how to determine future ownership options will provide a fluid succession plan that evolves as you grow and provides immediate transition protocol should your business at large lose you through an unexpected death or disability.

Session Focus Points

  • Who will buy your business – How will ownership be transferred, not only at retirement but also in the event of a serious illness or injury?
  • How will the change of ownership and management affect the operation and value of the business?
  • What about key employees?
  • Future estate taxes and related costs from selling your business can be your largest liability in the future. Understanding liquidity needs early and building a strategy can help you preserve a legacy.

COHORT PITCH

Monday, October 28th I 4:30 pm

Cohort 2 founders and entrepreneurs will be offered the opportunity to showcase their company and share their ides with a 5-minute pitch in a non-competitive program at the end of the cohort.

Participants will receive actionable feedback that inspires them to take their ideas to the next level, and have a chance to connect with their peers and invited guests during the networking portion of the event.


THANK YOU SPONSORS

 

      Perkins Coie

Details
September 16, 2024 8:30 AM - October 28, 2024 7:00 PM
Zoom

October 2024

October Entrepreneur Mixer

 

Nexus Business Lounge is opening their doors for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) October Entrepreneur Mixer from 5:00 – 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 3rd.

During this event, you’ll have the opportunity to meet ambitious founders and entrepreneurs with a broad range of expertise and skills that are open to building new relationships and strengthening the regional innovation ecosystem.

Enjoy nibbles and drinks, networking, and the chance to learn from regional thought leaders.

We are delighted to welcome Stefano Iaboni of Smile Solution as a presenter at our October Entrepreneur Mixer. He will be taking attendees through an original and interactive experience is designed to inspire laughter and foster collaboration and connection.

 


Pricing

  • OEN Member: Free
  • Non-Member: $10

Light food and drinks will be provided for attendees.


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
October 3, 2024 5:00 PM - October 3, 2024 6:30 PM
Nexus Business Lounge
40 E Broadway
Eugene, bbOR
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