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New partnership to benefit early-stage startups

There is some good news for early-stage startups in Portland.

Today the startup incubator Upstart Labs announced a partnership with Portland-based private equity firm Rogue Venture Partners. Rogue Venture Partners intentionally invests in Oregon-based companies and has worked with accelerators like PIE and Portland Seed Fund.

Upstart Labs emphasizes its different approach from other accelerators and points to the partnership as proof it works.

“We work with one company at a time, working side by side to launch to market with them,” said new General Partner of Upstart Labs, Kevin Tate.  “We believe [the new partnership] validates our craft approach to building these companies.”

Tom Sperry, General Partner at RVP, said in a press release that Upstart Labs will help give early-stage companies “the absolute best chance of success.” 

The first two joint investments for Upstart Labs and Rogue Venture Partners are Juked, a new music discovery platform, and Measureful, which helps digital marketers quickly analyze multi-channel data.