October 12, 2011
Mayor Sam Adams has declared October 2011 Entrepreneurship Month in the City of Portland, showcasing a series of events, presented by the Portland Development Commission (PDC) and other entrepreneurial networks and organizations, to support Portland’s startup community.
Events in October and November include:
- October 9-12: The Impact of Entrepreneurship: National Association of Community College Entrepreneurs Annual Conference
- October 12-13: Oregon Microenterprise Network (OMEN) 2011 Oregon Summit on Entrepreneurship
- October 14-16: Portland Startup Weekend – an entrepreneurial development network
- October 20: Oregon Startup Summit and Startup:PDX Networking Event
- November 3: OEN Venture Northwest
“Portland is a place where innovators and entrepreneurs thrive. We have the creative, collaborative culture that generates job-creating ideas and energy,” Mayor Sam Adams said. “It’s absolutely the right place to start – and grow – an entrepreneurial business, and this month’s events advance Portland’s position as a start-up city.”
The city’s economic development strategy calls out the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in driving job creation and economic growth in the region. PDC’s recent work to feed the entrepreneurial ecosystem includes the launch of the Portland Seed Fund to make small scale investments in startups, and support of the local software cluster, which plays a prominent role in Portland’s well-recognized and active startup culture.