This week, the federal government kicked off an SBIR road tour to promote their ability to invest in small businesses through grants and technology licensing. It started Tuesday in Portland, followed by Seattle, WA Wednesday then wrapping up in Anchorage, AK.
Last week, RAIN Eugene held their “State of the Startup Ecosystem” address, where they highlighted the latest companies emerging from their accelerator program. The event was sold out with nearly 500 people attending, and the startup vibe was contagious. To top things off, our beloved past Venture Catalyst and Tech Alliance president, Jim Coonan, delivered the opening presentation.
Our startup community has a few people working behind the scenes to keep it moving forward. One of them is Jim Schell, a long time advocate for entrepreneurship and doer of things. In the following guest blog post, Jim provides a ‘state of the union’ for our local ecosystem and as usual, it is a good read.
We are entrepreneurs. We are investors. We are mentors. And we are employees. We are Oregonians. And we are those who recognize the unique opportunity that now stands before this incredible state. Together, we have actively supported and contributed to the growing momentum of Oregon’s nascent startup community — and the sustainable increase in economic development it portends.