Portland ranks fifth in nation for women entrepreneurs

Portland's startup industry is no stranger to national props.

Most recently, three Portland startups — Elemental Technologies, Act-On Software and Jama Software — were named to Forbes magazine's 2013 list of the Most Promising Companies.

The latest round of attention, however, is focused on a less-visible segment of the region's startup market: women.

The personal finance site NerdWallet has named Portland the No. 5 best city for women entrepreneurs. NerdWallet held up Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon for its contribution to the tech scene and mentioned the opportunities provided by Intel, mentioning Intel executive vice president Renee James by name.

While the site didn't mention it, it's worth noting that women were well represented during last year's OEN Angel Oregon competition. Five of the startup finalists were firms run by women and the overall winner was Chez Gourmet, founded by Marie Jensen Osmunson.

San Francisco was named the top city for women entrepreneurs. Seattle, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis and Portland rounded out the top five.

NerdWallet based its ranking on each contender's overall entrepreneurial spirit and economy, networking opportunities for women, and the education level of the general population.

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