Meet the 19 semi-finalists in the Portland Development Commission’s Startup PDX Challenge, a competition to identify six top startups with diverse founding teams and the ambition to scale to a national or international market.
November 2 - 9, we asked you to vote for your favorites and help choose the People's Choice Award winner! View the results >
Voting closed November 9.
ÁguaPDX offers sensor networks and advanced data analytics to support farmers to save water, improve quality and increase production. AguaPDX is an enterprise based in Portland, Oregon with a vision to serve small-scale sustainable food production, as farmers face new challenges due to climate change and market demands for higher-quality products.
Audibility is a company that makes headphones designed to fit your unique "earprint." For every purchase, Audibility pairs those in need with hearing aids. With a passion for music, a purpose to improve access to hearing technology, and with the support of the community, Audibility enables hearing for all.
CLIQA is a mobile micro payment sharing and social networking platform that empowers immigrants to replenish domestic and international prepaid accounts, giving them an alternative to expensive communications and money transmitting services enabling them to become re-sellers to other users of these prepaid products.
As goumikids, we make beautiful baby essentials that work. As goumi the parent brand, we are passionate about bringing goumigoods to the world – with what we make and what we do. As goumigiving (our foundation), we give to efforts that make more good for our fellow moms, babies and planet.
the goumi story from goumikids on Vimeo.
Health Data Vault Corporation (HDVC)
HDVC extracts medical records data from ONC-certified EHRs, creating a national shared medical records infrastructure supporting our next generation app-ecosystem-enabled EMR. We do the medical informatics and AI infrastructure, and provide mobile app designers the tools they need to develop engaging healthcare and wellness management apps for physicians and patients.
LandApart is a landsharing platform for camping and events. LandApart solves the problem of crowded, overburdened, and unreservable land by enabling landowners to list their wild and scenic private lands available for recreational use.
Level Up Health
Level Up Health is a youth nutritional education movement focused on teaching
children essential information regarding diet and exercise. Through the use of
various colorful and engaging mediums based on a classic video game theme, we
seek to educate, inspire, and motivate children to lead healthier lives.
World 2-3 from Jordan Kent on Vimeo.
Morebots is the creator of interactive printed children's books that bring stories to life. Morebots adds a new level of excitement with the Morebots app allowing readers to scan pages and watch the story expand on their smart phone or tablet. Kids and parents will love the engagement.
Poda Foods raises and processes crickets into protein powder that is sold to food manufacturers for use in products like energy bars, crackers and cookies. Poda Foods offers customers a source of food-grade, GMO-free cricket protein powder to meet the growing demand for cricket protein.
Popily lets regular, non-technical, people quickly explore and communicate the value in data. We automatically generate thousands of live, interactive, visualizations from your dataset, you “walk-through” your data visually. When you find interesting insights, monitor them in dashboards, and embed them anywhere -- as easily as sharing a YouTube video!
Roberts: Savile Row meets Amazon.
Our one-stop goods and services hub for caregivers of people with chronic care needs and functional limitations provides easy access, ability to order and schedule online, read other’s reviews, keep up with trending news and chat with other care providers.
Royalty Spirits, home of Miru Pear Flavored Vodka, is an African-American female-owned business. Our mission is “dare to be brave," inspiring women to step outside the box and follow their dreams, as we have done breaking ground in the male-dominant liquor industry!
It's almost impossible to get your grooming needs met on the road. ShopHoppn.com is an international barber database designed to locate and meet the grooming demands of the traveling professional, newly-relocated families, on-location photoshoots, and ad agencies. Shop Hoppn’ gives the licensed freelance-practitioner opportunity to be marketed both locally and abroad.
ShopHoppn' - International Barber Network from Dave on Vimeo.
Tanglewood Beverage Co.
Tanglewood chai creates an invigorating experience for the consumer. Our unique ginger tea elixir is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy that appeals to the specialty beverage market for wholesale while our retail bottle evokes a comforting, nostalgic feeling. Chai represents a growing 20% of beverages sold in cafes.
The Dyrt is creating a $50 million, year-5 revenue opportunity by solving online search for campgrounds and guided adventure trips. Leveraging gamification to rapidly gather photos, videos and reviews, The Dyrt will be the premier review and recommendation resource for 80 million outdoor enthusiasts in the United States.
Umi Organic is a women-owned business producing high-quality organic Japanese noodles and sauces. We are re-inventing ramen noodles as a fresh and healthy meal for shoppers. The co-owners—an organic industry veteran, her connected, advocacy-minded daughter, and an experienced business lawyer—aim to show that good mission is good business.
UpRaise Consulting helps nonprofits raise awareness and money online by leveraging the intersection of technology and human behavior. With our applied expertise, our world-changing nonprofit clients can mobilize their supporters, amplify their fundraising and engage their donor base—all for the greater social good.
Finding reliable, yet productive, workspaces while on the move is a longstanding problem mobile professionals—remote employees, startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers and travelers—know well. Workfrom is a crowdsourced platform used by thousands to locate the most work-friendly coffee shops, cafes, bars and coworking spaces in cities across the globe.
Welcome to Workfrom from Workfrom on Vimeo.