By Wayne Smith, Trupp HR.

Vote for the Startups you’d like located in Portland

Trupp HR Produce Row Startup PDX:ChallengeHave you ever wished you could choose the kinds of businesses that locate in your city? Maybe you’d select a business that represents your values or choose one that would boost the local economy, creating jobs for generations to come. Well now is your chance!

The Startup PDX:Challenge is an initiative to find promising startups from around the world and bring them to our neighborhood, Produce Row, at the heart of Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District, which has become an incubator for small businesses and innovative startups. The Portland Development Commission (PDC) will connect these emerging startups to the great services that Portland has to offer. It’s Portland’s next step in the creation of a collaborative community that provides real value for startups. The Challenge will offer access to accelerator programs and other organizations in unique ways. The Challenge winners will co-locate in Portland’s Produce Row, a neighborhood where the entrepreneurial and DIY spirit thrives.

16 Semifinalists Named

The PDC has named the 16 semifinalists for the Startup PDX:Challenge and put them up for a public vote on the Produce Row website. Winners will be connected to all the great services that Portland has to offer including free rent for one year in a collaborative, shared space and a prize package valued at over $40,000 each.

Trupp HR is a proud sponsor of the Startup PDX:Challenge and will be offering a suite of HR services for each winner designed to position them for growth and assist with the transition from being a startup to becoming a thriving small business.

Take a moment to review the pitch for each semifinalist and cast your vote!