Guide to Portland Entrepreneurship Events: June 2013

May 30, 2013 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

Sunshine and warm weather? The end of school? Whatever. We all know the real reason to get excited about June is that entrepreneurship season has finally begun! June 17–21 may be National Small Business Week, but in Portland the festivities last all month. Whether you’re a social entrepreneur, student, small business owner, or just someone interested in the Portland business scene, we’ve got something for you in our list of the top entrepreneurship and business events in June.

Wrap it all up by joining us at the Elevating Impact Summit on June 21 to celebrate the ways in which innovation and entrepreneurship are creating positive change in Portland and around the world. Meet like-minded people, generate new ideas, and learn about cutting-edge models for social impact from leading innovators.

NedSpace Startup Your Startup at Nedspace
Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 14 (free, limited space)

This 10-day experience at Nedspace begins Monday, June 3rd. Every day you will work on a crucial part of your business including: marketing, sales, branding, revenue tracking, logo, web sites with impact, pitch development, insightful business plan, social media strategies and much more.

How to apply:
1. Download and fill out the One Page Business Plan PDF from
2. Email the completed form back to

oen_logoOEN Entrepreneurial Summit
Friday, June 7, all day ($75 for non-members)

For the first time, OEN is gathering entrepreneurs, doers and Big Thinkers from all industries and across the business spectrum into one place. We’re giving these 15 Big Thinkers 15 minutes apiece to tell us what they do, why they do it, and what they’ve learned along the way. Register today for this thought-provoking event and get ready to be inspired.

Tech4Change_Logo_2-1024x479Mercy Corps Tech4Change Startup Weekend
Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9, all day ($99)

Tech4Change will serve as a platform to encourage new ways to think about entrepreneurship in challenging environments around the globe. The 54-hour marathon event will be focused on developing tech tools for the greater good and creating viable social enterprises that can scale to address global needs. The weekend will draw a diverse audience including software developers, graphics designers, programmers, entrepreneurs, marketers and aid practitioners. Housed within the walls of Mercy Corps world headquarters, participants are encouraged to present their own social enterprise ideas or be prepared to work on ideas selected by a panel of Mercy Corps team members. Learn more or register here.

MCNWMercy Corps NW Women’s Business Summit
Wednesday, June 12, 9am–2pm ($20)

Hosted by the Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest, home of the Business Foundations courses, the event will focus on the journeys of successful women entrepreneurs in Portland. Learn from women business owners about the challenges they overcame, the resources available to other women entrepreneurs, and how to create an effective work-life balance. Register here to attend or reserve an exhibitor booth.

VOIS-logoWEBVOIS Presents Local Dollars, Local Sense
Tuesday, June 18, 6:30–9pm ($20 for non-members)

Join VOIS and its partners at a special event on June 18th in honor of National Small Business Week. We will be discussing the real local choices and strategies that can ignite a truly sustainable, living, local economy. This community event will feature a keynote address and Q&A session with Michael Shuman, one of the world’s leading experts on community economics, co-founder of the Business Alliance for Living Local Economies, and noted author. After the discussion, please join us on the Ecotrust Rooftop Terrace for drinks and networking! Register here.

NEXT logoNEXT Portland
June 19 – July 27, Wednesday evenings ($149)

NEXT is a complete hands-on program for developing and validating your business idea based on a comprehensive curriculum rooted in Steve Blank’s Customer Development methodology, built around in-person interactions with potential customers and delivered by Tim Clark, an accredited NEXT instructor and author of Business Model You. Register here.

ElevatingImpactWebElevating Impact Summit
Friday, June 21, all day ($100; $25 for students)

Cap a month of entrepreneurship events with an inspiring overview of new approaches to generating social impact across business, social, public, and academic sectors. This event, hosted by Impact Entrepreneurs at Portland State University, features a dynamic day of interactive discussion and learning sessions, inspiring speakers, first-hand accounts from social entrepreneurs and innovators, and opportunities to connect with a diverse audience of business professionals, cutting edge entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and students all working to realize the full potential of business for positive impact. Register now!

At the event:

  • Learn about Eric Dawson’s national efforts to eradicate youth violence through the revolutionary Peace First Prize.
  • Talk with groundbreaking intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs about the tough knocks of starting up and the resilience needed to overcome those challenges.
  • Meet the media reporters who uncover the stories we care about.
  • Discover innovative solutions to recidivism and education from cutting-edge leaders in our region.
  • Watch the live Pitch Fest and cheer on your favorite future social entrepreneurs pitching their new ventures.
  • Celebrate the up-and-coming changemakers selected for this year’s Impact Awards.
  • Enjoy lunch and a hosted networking reception for more speaker Q&A and networking.

Did we miss anything? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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