Startup PDX Challenge 2014: Inclusive Innovation
PDC names winners of 2014 Startup PDX Challenge!
Six startup businesses have made the cut to win the second annual Startup PDX Challenge. This year’s Challenge focused on finding entrepreneurs with diverse founding teams and the ambition to scale to a national or international market. Each company will receive a package valued at $50,000, with a $15,000 working capital grant, a full year of rent-free office space at 115 SW Ash in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown, and free professional advice, memberships and services.
The six winners, all from the Portland metropolitan area, are:
- Yellow Scope, a creator of rigorous science kits just for girls;
- RAFT Syrups, which brews organic botanical and cane sugar syrup for cocktails and home soda making;
- Society Nine, a fight gear and activewear apparel brand for women;
- Noappfee.com, a technology solution to rental market problems for landlords and tenants;
- Design + Culture Lab, a research-based urban social lab addressing issues of cultural, racial and ethnic inequality; and
- Tique Box, a subscription service for specialty items from local artisans.
Merit finalists are: Genki Su; GRASP; VDO Interpreters; and Carehubs, from the Portland area; and ICOM of Atlanta, GA, which was also the winner of the public vote.
The Challenge winners will move into the Old Town/Chinatown space in early October; a meet and greet event on Thursday, September 25 will welcome them to the neighborhood.