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Profiles in Innovation

June 24, 2013

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    Members of the Portland Mushroom Company participating in a workshop this spring

As part of our entrepreneurship program, more than 40 teams of students and young alumni recently pooled their knowledge and experiences to develop social and commercial enterprises.

  • Image preview Forge Portland's founding members (law school Class of 2014): Robert Bart, Howard Voght, Jeffrey Crosswhite, and Thomas Sunderland
    Forge Portland is a shared workspace that will house up to 40 nonprofit organizations from similar sectors.
  • Image preview Zachary Tobias B.A. '12, Ryan Bubriski B.A. '12, and Will Fortini B.A. '12
    The mission of the Portland Mushroom Company is to provide high quality locally produced oyster mushrooms to the Portland metropolitan area and lead the way in urban mushroom cultivation in the Northwest.
  • Image preview Alishia Blevins M.A. '12, Kelly Pertzsch M.A. '11, Katie Fraser M.S. '12, and Kim Fraser
    RootED Recovery is a clinical mentoring program for adults with eating disorders, established in order to bridge the gap of care between higher and lower levels of care.
  • Image preview Sam Kellogg CAS '12 , Margaret Adams CAS '12 , Rafaela Castaldo CAS '15, and Ella Nimmo CAS '12 (not pictured)
    The mission of the company is to develop websites and native applications that enable users to share resources and connect with like-minded individuals on practical terms.
  • Image preview Wade Higgins CAS '13, Matthew Rugamba CAS '13, and Anthony Ruiz CAS '13
    House of Tayo showcases African sophistication, style, and flavor through contemporary, locally made clothing and accessories.

Now the finalists in our competition are refining their projects with guidance from faculty, staff, and other mentors. After one last round of presentations this fall, two teams will win up to $30,000 in funding for their work. 

Learn more about the competition in The Chronicle Magazine.



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