What: Whiteboard Pitching #2 for Women founded startups
When: Wednesday Oct 21st 5:30-7:30pm
5:30pm-6:00pm social half hour
6:00pm-7:00pm whiteboard pitching and Q&A
7:00pm audience voting
7:15pm winners announced and given small denomination, non-sequential bills...cash money.
Presenters: You will be giving a 5 minute pitch and drawing your ideas on a white board telling the world about your company while drawing. You don't have to draw...but, it's kinda fun and kinda the idea.
Where: NedSpace - 619 SW 11th, Suite 250
Who: Emcee Maria Webster @mariawebsterpdx & organizer Lin Carson @LinCarson
Pitching: 6 Women founded startups from all industries, the audience will vote for three cash winners
Audience: First 50 people can purchase tickets, both men or women, men are allowed to buy tickets, just not pitch, capiche? Just women will pitch, people of all genders may purchase tickets. Only people who purchase tickets can vote. You have to purchase tickets to support these women! The purpose of the event is to give women a platform to showcase their entrepreneurial talent. Basis: Women are 50% of the American population. Yet, less than 3% of investments go to women businesses. Let’s join Warren Buffet in his vision : “We’ve seen what can be accomplished when we use 50% of our human capacity. If you visualize what 100% can do, you’ll join me as an unbridled optimist about America’s future”. Having two X chromosomes in our genetic makeup makes us different from our XY counterparts. “Women are superior to men when it comes to business models” - Guy Kawasaki. Let’s celebrate this XX chromosome and give these women our support!
Tickets: $10 in advance, $20 at the door, limited to 50 people
This is a crowd-decided event. 100% of ticket sales will be awarded to the three best pitches chosen by the crowd.
DO You Want to Pitch?: If you're a Portland (or surrounding areas) woman and has founded, or is close to founding your startup, apply to pitch by simply creating a 1-3 minute, one single shot, unlisted video (https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/157177?hl=en) on YouTube.
Once you've shot and uploaded your 1-3 minute unlisted video to YouTube please submit the link via this Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1R1kG0P2vwyM9reWvplkLuBk6SM_oKGJA6Q4ncboaaqY/viewform?usp=send_form
Maria Webster is a local singer/songwriter who sings bourbon-infused countrified blues/rock around town. She is an energetic, no-nonsense public speaker on the polarizing gender, race and societal issues of our day, and recently spoke at entrepreneurial pitch events in the Portland area for both women founders and black founders to shed light on their vibrant contributions to local business. Follow her on Twitter - @mariawebsterpdx - or visit her website at http://mariawebsterpdx.com to learn more. Lin Carson, PhD, founder of BAKERpedia is a baker, scientist, mother, entrepreneur and a feminist who believes that this world would be a better place if more women were in power. She runs the XFoundersPDX group at NedSpace, an exclusive round table for women founded start ups. Her goal for XFoundersPDX is to increase the number of women founders in the local Portland community, by being the launch pad for women owned businesses.
Why Whiteboard Pitching? It solves two big problems we see in other pitch contest formats. Firstly, it’s different. After being blinded by one more souless power point, we get tired. We want the founder to tell the story of HOW their company came to be in a genuine, engaging way. Secondly, and more importantly, it forces the founder to have a crystal clear, summarized nugget that explains why their company is great. What is the story behind Whiteboard Pitching? In the second Steve Jobs era at Apple, the ad agency was getting a debrief from Apple management and Jobs was late to the meeting. The managers filled two hours with endless Powerpoint drivel and droned on and on. When Jobs showed up, he was informed that the session was all done and everyone was up to speed. Jobs proceeded to go to the whiteboard, and sequentially engaged the agency in a captivating 5 minute white board overview. He drew 14 things, crossed out all but two, and emphasized that those two items should be the concentration of all of Apples upcoming efforts. That clarity marked the beginning of Apple’s comeback after Job’s return. We figured if it was good enough for Apple, it is good enough for you.
Here are the six startups that presented during Oregon’s first Women’s Whiteboard Pitch event:
getscopic.com (went on to be accepted in Oregon Storyboard)