April 26, 2010

Portland FundingUniverse CrowdPitch – April 22, 2010



This was our fourth CrowdPitch in Portland. With each event the crowd is more engaging, the pitching entrepreneurs sharper, and the judges more rigorous. Weather was beautiful, room was full, what more could I ask for?

All our presenters were strong (*whew). I had to cut a few of them off at the 4-minute mark, but most made it. Here’s a quick recap of who pitched:

  • Bodhi Tree Denim – online retailer of custom made designer jeans for women.
  • Cha Dao Tea Company – Cha Dao markets and manufactures a line of fresh bottled teas.
  • Park and Restroom Structures – designs & manufactures prefabricated shower, concession, and utility buildings for municipal customers.
  • Sweet Spot Diabetes – Their software retrieves, analyzes, manages, and distributes the data required to support diabetic care.
  • Black Tonic – a simple way to deliver web-based remote presentations in real-time.

The panel was supportive and had good questions/comments. The food was organic from a local deli. Cha Dao Tea Company was the runaway winner. The concensus was that they had a great product, market presentation, and traction. As you can see from my interview with Ghim, they’re already well on their way to success.