OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards

Oregon’s premier business networking event!

It’s like the Oscars, but with less glam and more grit. Each fall, over 600 local business leaders converge at OEN’s Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner to honor Oregon’s brightest, boldest, and best entrepreneurs.

The OEN Awards Program honors the skill and courage it takes for entrepreneurs to create a business out of an idea. Now in its 24th year, the OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner is Oregon’s largest and most prestigious business networking event.

Think your company deserves recognition as one of Oregon’s best and brightest? Nominations our now open – see if your company is eligible and get started!

Our 2016 Awards will take place on:
Oct 26, 2016

Awards Mashup

Chris Elsenbach, Cresa Portland“This is the premier event in celebration of Oregon companies and business leaders. It allows us to support and connect with the best and brightest entrepreneurs, innovators and job creators in Oregon.”

– Chris Elsenbach, JLL

2016 Awards Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:

Supporting Sponsors:
Rick Miller
Ruby Receptionists

Opening Reception:

Signature Cocktail:

Launch Stage Company Award:
Lane Powell

Development Stage Company Award:
Fitzgerald & Law

Growth Stage Company Award:
Comcast Business

Entrepreneurial Achievement Award:

Game Changer Award:
Alto Law

Volunteer of the Year Award:
Oregon State University

Friends of the Awards:
Business Oregon
Epic Ventures
Jones & Roth
Oregon Angel Fund
Voyager Capital
Woodruff Sawyer

2015 Winners and Finalists

LAUNCH STAGE CATEGORY, Ray Costantini, Co-Founder licenses a software platform to primary care groups, automating up to 90% of provider time spent on the low-acuity conditions, such as colds, flus, and earaches, that make up more than half of their visit volume. The company was chosen because it capitalizes on a big opportunity with great market timing, is led by a charismatic CEO with the right experience and credentials, has demonstrated impressive execution and success at raising money, and has a solid business model that serves a real need.

The two other finalists for this category were:

  • ONtheGO Platforms — Working to fundamentally alter how people interact with technology by utilizing as little hardware as possible.
  • Valliscor — Providing innovative solutions to access high-value organic building blocks for the pharmaceutical, biotech and agrochemical industries.


Cairn offers a subscription gift box providing ideas, inspiration and new products to adventurers, and outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to a $25 monthly subscription service, Cairn collects customer demographic data and product reviews, which they give back to the brands they work with.  The company was chosen because it delights its clients while providing an invaluable service. It also demonstrates a thoughtful business model, flawless execution, and excellent leadership.

The two other finalists for this category  were:

  • Green Zebra Grocery — A neighborhood store making it easy and convenient to access high quality, delicious, and healthy food.
  • Time & Oak — Giving you the tools to craft and create your favorite whiskey (customized to taste) in as little as 24 hours.

GROWTH STAGE CATEGORY WINNERDiscoverOrg, Henry Schuck, Founder & CEO

DiscoverOrg provides sales and marketing intelligence software to aid businesses in sales, outbound and inbound marketing, and staffing. The company was chosen because it has shown strong growth; has cultivated a vibrant, engaging, collaborative work place; and offers a win-win service that works.

The two other finalists for this category were:

  • Billups — A media specialist agency with expertise in ideation/concept development, media planning, buying, production, posting and post-buy evaluations.
  • Janrain — Specializing in customer identity management to better engage customer and personalize/consolidate customer data.


As CEO of Vacasa, the only full-service vacation rental management platform, Eric Breon is successfully improving and reshaping a fragmented industry. He was chosen because he has achieved remarkable results in a short period of time and has successfully scaled, creating an impressive number of jobs. Breon exhibits true entrepreneurialism and vision, and is committed to positively impacting the communities where Vacasa operates.

The two other finalists for this category were:


AbSci is a manufacturing platform that will dramatically reduce the costs of next-generation protein based pharmaceutical therapies. The winner for OEN’s inaugural Game Changer Award was determined by an audience vote during the Awards ceremony on October 22.

The two other finalists for this category were:

  • REMzen — Revolutionizing how we sleep with an intelligent slumber mask — that tracks quality of sleep and wakes users using spectral light at the optimal point in the sleep cycle to avoid grogginess.
  • Civil Co. — Civil comment sections are places where people can gather online and comment, constructively criticize, and debate without the constant threat of harassment, intimidation and abuse.

OEN WYATT STARNES AWARD WINNER—Robert Haydock, CEO and Founder, Scratch-it

Scratch-it is an enterprise class-cloud platform created to improve traffic and increase customer engagement. Within two years, Robert Haydock has guided Scratch-it from a gimmick ‘scratchable’ product being laughed at by investors and the startup community, to a robust software platform being sold to the strongest enterprise brands. He was chosen because the judges were impressed by his humility and unique journey.

The three other finalists for this category were:

About Tom Holce

Tom HolceTom Holce was a Northwest entrepreneur and angel investor who built or helped to build dozens of successful Southwest Washington and Oregon businesses over the last 50+ years. He was the founder/CEO of such companies as Kentrox, Sentrol, and Mikros, and held senior positions at ESI, and Plantronics. He also served as Chairman of Seasons Foods, BLT Technologies, Mitron, and Decision Dynamics. He served as Chairman of the Portland Art Museum, and Chairman of Pacific University, was a board member of Unicru, Stormwater Management, EID Access, and Study Dog, and sat on the boards of over 20 other Northwest businesses, organizations and institutions. Tom received many honors and recognitions for his entrepreneurship, service, and philanthropy. He was the first winner of OEN’s Lifetime Achievement Award, was High Tech Executive of the Year, and was named Philanthropist of the year 2000. Tom had a BS in Math and Physics, and Honorary Doctor of Science from Pacific University and held over 20 US Patents.

Origins – The OEN Entrepreneurship Award

OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship AwardThe award itself is a true work of art. The awards were designed by local world-renown company Ziba Design, founded by Sohrab Vossoughi, in 1984. Ziba designed the beautiful “O” shaped, hand-blown crystal award to symbolize Oregon and to represent the lifecycle of a company.

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