As a journalist reaching out to the average TV viewer, the 90 day "business boot camp" for startups stands out because it uses a combination of private and public money (thanks to the state of Oregon and cities of Portland and Hillsboro).
So, Oregonians, here is the first public list for the next "class" of startups that you are helping along. The idea is that they'll find success and then bring jobs, tax revenue and recognition to the local area.
Which do you think will be the next big thing?
Portland Seed Fund Class 4
Alum.ni - Brings enhanced social value and connectivity to alumni networks everywhere - school, work and more.
Appthwack - Empowers developers to instantly test their apps on real devices.
Celly - Create instant mobile social networks, "cells," for your school or cause.
Indie Vinos - Mobile app enables the impulse wine buy at tastings and events.
Measureful - Aggregate and share your most pertinent marketing data in a meaningful way.
Minetta Brook - Synthesizes a million news items a day to gain realtime “big picture” awareness of developing trends and connections.
Opal Labs - Ideation and innovation platform for teams to surface new ideas and solve problems.
PrestoBox - Create your brand and logo in a few minutes online using a series of fun, revealing questions.
Rally Cause - Fundraise for your favorite cause by shopping at your favorite local merchant.
Simple Emotion - Emotion recognition platform targeting apps for people with developmental disabilities.
Smart Mocha - enabling technologies for the emerging hardware/software Internet of Things