OTBC’s $100K Startup Challenge Assists Small Business Startups
Saturday, September 19, 2015
The startups will also receive special coaching and mentoring provided by OTBC, as well as HR and marketing assistance OTBC entrepreneur workshops. In addition to the startup grants, Frontier Communications will provide offices of the five chosen startups with 1 gigabit FIOS service.
Frontier Communications as well as the city of Portland and Westside Startup Fund, LLC, are among the corporate sponsors part of the $100K startup challenge.
Applications for startups interested in becoming part of the challenge are due Wednesday, Sept. 30. Application criteria for startup companies include a 2 to 5 member team that is self-funded as well as grant-funded. Semifinalists will be chose by Oct. 15 and the selected winners will be announced by Nov. 15. '
OTBC is a non-profit tech startup incubator founded 10 years ago with a mission to provide coaching, networking, and entrepreneurship programs that help new startups succeed. OTBC is rated the highest in Oregon for mentoring.
Related Slideshow: Oregon Business Rankings in US
See how Oregon stacked up against the other states in the U.S.
Oregon gets a C+ for small business friendliness from Thumbtack, in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation.
According to the ranking:
Overall friendliness C+
Ease of starting a business B
Ease of hiring D+
Health & safety D
Employment, labor & hiring D
Tax code D+
Training & networking programs B+
Oregon has been ranked as the 2nd most eco-friendly state in the country, according to a recent study by WalletHub.
Oregon ranks eighth in environmental quality and first in Eco-Friendly Behaviors landing them in second overall.
Oregon is behind Vermont and ahead of New York and Minnesota who land in the third and fourth spots respectively.
Small Business Friendliness Grade: C+
The Economist grades states on an A+ to F grading scale for its small business climate. Oregon is one of 4 states that earned a "C+"
Overbearing bureaucracy and excessive licensing is stifling small business in America.
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