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Business incubator offers free online summer camp

Course gives chance to develop ideas and investor pitches


The Beaverton-based Oregon Technology Business Center is offering a free online program this summer to teach budding entrepreneurs the fundamentals of starting a business and how to start and develop companies to stimulate job growth.

Sponsored by the nonprofit business incubator, the eight-week Startup Summer Camp runs from late June to August. Participants are free to create their own schedule, building from a startup business idea to an investor pitch while receiving feedback and input through networking.

Instructors will post online videos each week covering a key task representing one aspect of preparing for an investor pitch. With the ability to ask questions online, participants will build a "pitch deck" from week to week as they develop their business model.

Participants also have the option of meeting each Thursday at the OTBC workshop at 8305 S.W. Creekside Place, Suite C, in Beaverton, to share accomplishments and get feedback from the group. Cash prizes and rewards, including an investor panel review and other weekly prizes, are also available.

Online participation is free. The cost for each meet-up is $10 to cover beverages and snacks.

Three winners will be announced at the finale on Thursday, Aug. 23, at OTBC. Each winner will receive an investor-panel review including 10 minutes to deliver his or her presentation and 10 minutes of feedback.

OTBC Director Steve Morris said he's looking for both entrepreneurs who want to participate as well as entrepreneur coaches willing to help answer questions in the online form.

"We are excited to work with Oregon's entrepreneurship groups for Startup Summer Camp," he said.

To sign up and for more information, visit otbc.org/SummerCamp or call the business incubator at 971-223-4660.