TiECon Northwest 2017 RECAP

On January 25-26th, approximately 200  investors and entrepreneurs came together in Portland, Ore. for the first ever TiECon Northwest. Participants and attendees from Washington, Colorado, California and Idaho came to be a part of the conversation. The conference was comprised of discussions related to AR/VR/MR, Artificial Intelligence, Health Technology and ended with a Pitch Competition. The discussions centered around growing the funding and talent pipeline in these sectors. Experts including, Andrew Beall, a veteran of VR shared how VR has evolved since the early 1990 including his work with NASA in helping to launch the first application of VR in space. Paul Reynolds, formerly of with Magic Leap shared what it was like to work for the only company in this space to have raised over half a million dollars to create 3D imagery.
The pitch competition included eight companies from Oregon, Washington and Colorado. The people choice winner was selected live, by the attendees using TiE Rockies Member Company, IdeaJam’s platform for rating ideas/companies. The People Choice award went to TiE Seattle Member Company Prizmiq – Prizmiq solves the difficulty of developing 3D imagery for Augmented and Virtual Reality systems.

We had two winners in the Judges Choice Category!

SCOUT Military Discount – TiE Oregon Member Company, SCOUT Military Discount is the most comprehensive military discount app with thousands of military discounts and savings.

hobbyDB – TiE Rockies Member Company, hobbyDC is an interactive database of collectibles which helps users find that perfect item.

Winners were given prize packages which included a cash award, prize boxes full of locally curated food items from Client Joy and services from Jones & Roth PC, Shoobx, and Atmosera. Winner also have the opportunity to pitch at PitchFest NW in March.

If you missed TiECon Northwest, videos are available on the TiE Oregon YouTube Channel. Pictures are also available on the TiE Oregon Facebook Page.

Thank you TiECon Sponsors for making this inaugural event possible – JLLOregon Talent CouncilPortland Development Commission, and Elevate Capital.

TiECon is an annual event and will take place in Denver, Colorado in 2018 – we will keep you posted on the details!


About TiE Rockies

TiE Rockies is the Colorado chapter of the TiE Network, a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. Founded in 1992 by a group of successful entrepreneurs, TiE is currently the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization. TiE believes in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through the organization’s five pillars; mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding. TiE Rockies support the Colorado entrepreneur with more than 100 events per year, an on-going Mentoring Program, the TRIP Accelerator Program, and various other programs, initiatives and partnerships. For more information, please visit www.rockies.tie.org.

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