Startup PDX Challenge: VOTE!


Six startup businesses have made the cut to win the Startup PDX Challenge, Portland’s search for the best new members of our growing entrepreneurial community. Each company will receive a $10,000 working capital grant, a full year of rent-free office space in Portland’s Produce Row, and free professional advice and services.

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Darren Stowell, CEO

ActivEd is an ed-tech company rooted in a simple, single belief: Learning Is Physical.

There are 25M obese kids in the US and only 33% of our 4th graders are proficient in reading and 40% in math. ActivEd develops dynamic online content for teachers to accelerate learning, while improving health.

Edoe Cohen, CEO


Alumni communities are incredible networks of trust. Their websites, however, are outdated, not engaging and their communication is too often focused only on fundraising. is changing that. is unleashing the true potential of alumni communities online by enabling their alumni to help each other and ‘pay forward’ to their community.

ClutchPlayClutchPlay Games LLC

Amy Dallas, Co-Founder / COO

ClutchPlay Games is a small but scrappy mobile game company based here in Portland, Oregon. What sets us apart from other game startups is our technology. In our first year of operation, we developed a licensable cross-platform game engine, which allows us to bring fun, high-quality games to market faster.

CoPatientCoPatient, Inc.

Katie Vahle, Co-Founder

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CoPatient leverages crowd-sourced intelligence and proprietary analytics to identify medical billing errors and negotiate medical debt for consumers. Individuals have few tools or trusted resources to know if the medical bills they receive are accurate. Our Advocates find errors in the majority of bills reviewed, realizing savings between 30-70%!

EdisonGaussEdison Gauss Publishing

Allan Folz, Co-Founder

Edison Gauss Publishing is a pioneer developer of academically rigorous K-8 educational apps for the tablet computer revolution. Our software engages students with rich tutorials and adaptive practice, helps parents help their children, gives teachers real-time student performance data, and provides detailed analytics to school administrators.


Zac Wheeler, President and CEO

Ento focuses on solving the hard and expensive problems of the Internet of Things. We provide the easiest, most cost-effective, future-proof infrastructure for creating IoT products. Our IoT solutions connect devices, data, and people. Our products work in the cloud and on the ground so customers can rapidly develop and scale their own IoT.


John Koenig, CEO


Measureful turns online data into beautifully insightful marketing reports. Our automated analysis platform surfaces and visualizes insights found in marketing data, making it easy for brands and online retailers to address trends and issues, and seize opportunities that may otherwise be missed.

Jenka Soderberg, Founder

We propose a reporter-verified text-message-based news tip submission system for ‘citizen reporters’, and a multitiered system of news verification that can be used by existing and new media newsrooms. This will allow media agencies to incorporate up-to-the-minute news reports from everyday people in the community.

OnTheGo Platforms

Ty Frackiewicz, Co-Founder

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OnTheGo Platforms – software for smart glasses. Smart Glasses improve the human-computer interface by visualizing information in real time. Using our software platform, we work directly with OEMs to build core software, with brands to build custom applications and 3rd party developers to help them bring their applications to smart glasses.

Safi Water Works

Amy Doering Smith, CEO

According to the United Nations, 783 million people around the world lack access to an improved source of drinking water. Safi Water Works (“Safi”) is developing products that are easy to use, long-lasting and affordable, providing safe, clean drinking water to people all over the world.

Seamus GolfSeamus Golf

Akbar Chisti, Founder

Seamus Golf is a golf accessories and lifestyle brand that uses high quality woolen products manufactured in Oregon. Our product started with Bandon Dunes, and is available at only a dozen of the premier golf shops in North America, and has been featured in Golf Digest.

ShineOnShine On Rainwear

Chelsea Peil, Founder


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Shine On Rainwear designs outstanding apparel and accessories for fashion conscious bike, scooter,and moped riders. Our designs will have rain riders feeling strong and beautiful to shine on through everyday of rain. Shine On!

Smart MochaSmart Mocha, Inc.

Steven Osborn, CEO

People love connected products. Think of an internet connected book. Then think of the success of Kindle. Smart Mocha is a full stack solution for product manufacturers enabling them to create their own connected product propositions fast and at scale. Expanding revenue lines through engaged customers and innovative new services.

Society43Society 43

Jason Bolt, CEO

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Society43 is a socially conscious company that specializes in well-built, exciting, and affordable officially licensed sunglasses and eyewear accessories. We currently provide logoed sunglasses to more than 75 of the largest universities in the world. Plus we have more than 3,000 custom sunglasses combinations that are built right here in Oregon!


Milos Jovanovic, CEO/Founder

Shopping visualization tool. Mobile app for e-commerce that allows consumers to preview an object in their home, prior to purchase, that is in perspective and to scale. We are utilizing Augmented Reality to enhance shopping experience online and in-store.

walker-trackerWalker Tracker, LLC

David Mays, President


Walker Tracker provides secure, private wellness portals for organizations to track employee health and activity data. Customized challenge events serve as fun team-building opportunities that promote healthy lifestyle choices and exercise. Companies use Walker Tracker to administer innovative and effective wellness incentive programs.

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