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It's not too early to be thinking about the next Challenge -- so we're offering a series of information sessions and a startup boot camp to get you ready. Think Startup Weekend, but tailored specifically for success with the Startup PDX Challenge. 

Sign up for news about these upcoming sessions to prepare you for the opening of the next Challenge application period in early 2017.

Meanwhile, catch up with the 2015 Challenge class: 

Audibility, Inc: this headphone maker with a social mission completed a successful Kickstarter campaign on June 17, competed at the first PitchFest NW and has been featured as an OEN Rising Star.

Morebots, creator of interactive printed children's books that bring stories to life, will launch an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign in July and is kicking off a new technology series and a smart board game, Sticks and Scans.

Poda Foods, a supplier of food-grade, GMO-free cricket protein powder, won PitchFest NW and was featured in a Portland Business Journal cover story.

Roberts, a “Savile Row meets Amazon” concept for custom men’s tailoring, has been featured in Small Business Spotlight and is currently taking orders in Portland, Los Angeles, and New York City.

Royalty Spirits, creator of Miru pear-flavored vodka, is working on new blends and retailers; follow company news on Facebook.

Watch for updates on Shop Hoppn, an international barber network and database/app. 

Read the press release announcing 2015 winners >

Startup PDX Challenge is an annual competition designed to connect startups to Portland’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and assist the businesses for one year through their early stage growth.

Challenge winners receive a package valued at more than $50,000 per company:

  • Up to $25,000 in the form of a convertible note or a low interest loan. Check our FAQ page for more information on the financial offerings
  • Access to mentors and advisors via a partnership with Portland Incubator Experiment
  • Free rent for one year
  • Free legal services
  • Free marketing and PR services
  • Free hiring and HR services
  • Free memberships and access to six different organizations and programs that focus on entrepreneurs

Contact us

For further clarification or other inquiries, email Katherine Krajnak

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