All Applicants

All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges.  A judge may contact an applicant if the proposed ideas are of interest to the judge’s own company or one he/she represents.

Semi Finalist – Up to 13 companies

Online exposure through social media and the public vote process

The opportunity to be selected as a finalist

Invitations to a post-competition networking event to connect with investors, executives from participating institutions and Challenge sponsors.

Finalist – Up to 6 companies

Free rent for a year in the desirable Produce Row District of SE Portland

          Each finalist will receive a working capital grant of $10,000 (no equity taken)

Press, blogs, and social media coverage

Access to the Portland entrepreneurial ecosystem with one-year memberships in Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, Technology Association of Oregon, and Portland State University Business Accelerator (affiliate membership) and Strategic Business Forum through Lewis & Clark Bank. Free package of professional services including legal services, accounting services, human resource services.

If eligible, advancement to second round of Portland Seed Fund and Portland Incubator Experiment programs.

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