Sponsors

LEGAL

Perkins Coie

Perkins Coie, with more than 850 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia, represents great companies across a wide range of industries and stages of growth—from startups to FORTUNE 50 corporations. Listed on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for ten consecutive years (2003 – 2012); honored as one of Working Mother magazines and Flex Time Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms for Women” (2008, 2009 & 2011). Received the Corporate Partnership Award for Supporting People With Disabilities.

Davis Wright Tremaine

Davis Wright Tremaine is dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences. Established in 1911, the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine is located in the heart of downtown Portland. Their office has more than 80 attorneys representing local, national, and international clients. They understand the nature of local businesses, but also have expansive legal knowledge to serve clients throughout the United States and around the world.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Xenium

Xenium understands that small and medium-sized businesses each have unique needs and often lack resources in a wide range of human resource areas. Through human resource outsourcing, Xenium helps fill in those gaps by developing and implementing systems to manage human resource programs, freeing business owners to focus on the strategic and operational side of running the business.

Trupp HR

Companies that choose Trupp HR outsourcing enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having a qualified and engaged workforce, reduction of employer-related risk and a premiere HR program managed by certified HR professionals, all the while keeping costs contained.

ACCOUNTING & BANKING

Perkins & Co.

Perkins & Co provides a broad range of accounting services. Whether you’re in the throes of securing capital or masterminding a merger, you can choose accounting, tax and advisory services designed for your stage of the Business Lifecycle. Many of our business clients also invite us to handle their personal tax and advisory needs along the way. And when you’re ready to exit, we’ll help you steer toward the best outcome for your future and family. We handle the accounting details; you focus on the possibilities. And enjoy the ride.

Lewis & Clark Bank

Lewis & Clark Bank   Two entrepreneurial minds, a group of community bankers, along with an experienced board of directors, formulated the operating plan to provide tailored financial services to clients with speed, flexibility, and local decision making. Headquartered in Oregon City, Oregon, Lewis & Clark Bank was established as a state-chartered commercial bank in December 2006. The founders envisioned a locally based bank focused on providing personalized services to meet the needs of its clientele, and one whose management would make decisions based on interactions with the community and an understanding of local needs and circumstances.

INCUBATORS | ACCELERATORS | RESOURCES

Portland Incubator Experiment

The Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) is a partnership among leading brands, technology innovators, and Wieden+Kennedy — the largest privately held advertising and communications company in the world. It serves as a hub for community, entrepreneurship, and creative thinking. What’s more, you’ll meet some of the most thoughtful investors in the startup scene and gain valuable exposure to Portland’s thriving mobile and open source development communities.

PSU Business Accelerator

The PSU Business Accelerator is an entrepreneurial community like none other in Oregon. Home to more than 30 promising technology and science startups, including spinouts from all major Oregon research universities, the Accelerator provides office and lab space plus a menu of services designed with the fast-growing startup’s needs in mind. The Accelerator is also a connection point to Portland State University resources, linking companies to research and development capabilities of university faculty and the talent and energy of student project teams. Informal socials, pitch practice and office hours by skilled mentors and investors round out the exceptional offerings at PSU Business Accelerator.

Portland Seed Fund

Portland Seed Fund finds and surrounds the most promising seed-stage companies with capital, mentoring and contacts to nurture vigorous economic growth in Oregon. The Seed Fund managers passionately believe that the Portland, Oregon region is the best place to build entrepreneurial companies and are proud of our role seeding the best growth companies efficiently and effectively.

Oregon Entrepreneur Network

Oregon Entrepreneur Network is the largest entrepreneur assistance organization in the state of Oregon. As such, this not-for-profit organization provides resources and support for emerging, growth-oriented companies in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. The purpose of the OEN is to blend the talent, knowledge, and resources of the entrepreneurial community to build businesses and improve the quality of life in Oregon.

Technology Association of Oregon

The Technology Association of Oregon is dedicated to bringing together some of the brightest minds in the technology industry. The largest professional technology association in the Northwest, the TAO is composed of more than 350 companies in Oregon and SW Washington that are involved or affiliated with the software and technology industries.

Portland Development Commission

The Portland Development Commission serves as Portland’s economic development and urban renewal agency, and seeks to create one of the world’s most desirable and equitable cities by investing in job creation, innovation and economic opportunity throughout Portland.

Transfer Online

Transfer Online (TOL) specializes in assisting companies with the management of shareholders and shareholder activity and with the many tasks associated with raising capital and becoming a public company. Transfer Online is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and has a wealth of knowledge regarding securities transactions including public and private debt/equity. TOL’s full service technology division specializing in application/software/website development will be a service available to Challenge winners. The company is housed in the same block as the Challenge office space, which is co-owned by TOL founder/entrepreneur Lori Livingston and a partner.

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