Ever thought about starting your own business?

Oregon Technology Business Center offers weekend seminar

Technology innovators, web builders, graphic designers and entrepreneurs will huddle at the Oregon Technology Business Center in Beaverton from Friday through Sunday for Startup Weekend, an  intense, 54-hour event focused on launching businesses.

Steve Morris, executive director of Beaverton-based OTBC, said Startup Weekend is 'part entertainment, part networking and part education.'

Up to 40 participants are expected to discuss ideas for business prototypes and business models, identify potential customers, and develop an investor pitch, all in one weekend. 

'Helping entrepreneurs nurture business ideas into reality is what OTBC is all about,' said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. 'The more entrepreneurs we can bring to this event and into Beaverton, the more our regional economy will benefit in the long run.' 

Volunteer coaches will provide advice during the event, which culminates with startup groups pitching their ideas to a panel of judges, which will declare a winner.

Beaverton Startup Weekend is one of several sponsored around the Portland area and one of hundreds taking place nationwide.

OTBC is located at 8305 S.W. Creekside Place, Suite C, in Beaverton. Visit startupweekend.org for more information.