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OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Award Winners & Finalists

Congratulations to our past winners and finalists!

The judging process for the OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards is highly competitive, and it is a significant achievement just to be named as a finalist. These outstanding companies and entrepreneurs have proven themselves worthy of recognition:

Kim Malek at OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards

Kim Malek of Salt & Straw poses with her 2014 Entrepreneurship Award for Development Company of the Year.

2015

Launch Category
FINALISTS: Brightmd Inc.ONtheGO PlatformsValliscor

Development Category
FINALISTS: Cairn, Green Zebra Grocery, Time & Oak

Growth Category
FINALISTS: Billups, Cinder Staffing, DiscoverOrg, Janrain

Entrepreneurial Achievement Category
FINALISTS: Sadie and Chris Lincoln, barre3; Bryce Clemmer, Vadio Inc.; Eric Breon, Vacasa

Game Changer Award
FINALISTS: AbSci, REMzen, Civil Co.

Wyatt Starnes Memorial Award
WINNER: Robert Haydock, Scratch-It
FINALISTS: Matt Hixson, Tellagence; Monica Borrell, Cardsmith; Esteban Vollenweider, Third Ocean

Volunteers of the Year
Eric Pozzo, Home Office
Mitch Daugherty, Built Oregon

2014

Launch Category
WINNER: GlobeSherpa
FINALISTS: Inpria, Nouvola

Development Category
WINNER: Salt & Straw
FINALISTS: barre3, Chirpify

Growth Category
WINNER: Elemental Technologies
FINALISTS: Puppet Labs, ZoomCare

Entrepreneurial Achievement
WINNER: Luke Kanies, Puppet Labs
FINALISTS: Jill Nelson, Ruby Receptionists; Jason Bolt, Society43 & Revant

Game Changer Award
WINNER: Puralytics SolarBag
FINALISTS: The TomegaVax platform; Inpria’s photoresistors

Wyatt Starnes Memorial Award
WINNER: Lindsay Nelson, Theme Dragon
FINALISTS: Andrew Thorsvik, ThorVolt; Erik Tucker, Aronora, Inc.; Mara Zepeda, Switchboard 

Volunteers of the Year
Scott Davidson, White Summers
Brenda Meltebeke, Ater Wynne

Hear stories and advice from our 2014 finalists: 

Launch Category Development Category
Growth Category Entrepreneurial Achievement

2013

Development Category
WINNER: Wildfang
FINALISTS: brandlive, Cloudability, Indow Windows

Working Capital Category
WINNER: Janrain
FINALISTS: Embodee, Puppet Labs

Growth Category
WINNER: Viewpoint Construction Software
FINALISTS: Elemental Technologies, The Clymb

Individual Category
WINNER: Mat Ellis, Cloudability
FINALISTS: Luke Kanies, Puppet Labs; John Marick, Consumer Cellular

Lifetime Achievement
WINNER: Paul Gulick, a pioneer of Oregon’s electronic display industry

Volunteers of the Year
Brent Bullock, Perkins Coie
Shelley Gunton, Chez Marie

Hear stories and advice from our 2013 finalists: 

Development Category Working Capital Category
Growth Category Individual Achievement

2012

Development Category
WINNER: VendScreen
FINALISTS: 4-Tell, Inc.Tellagence

Working Capital Category
WINNER: Act-On Software
FINALISTS: Foundation FitnessJama Software

Growth Category
WINNER: Timbercon, Inc.
FINALISTS: Cerus Industrial,CoaxisElemental Technologies

Individual Category
WINNER: Scott Kveton, Urban Airship
FINALISTS: Ray Davis, Umpqua Bank; Chris Ulum, Agilyx

Lifetime Achievement
WINNER: Irving Levin, Genesis Financial Solutions

Volunteers of the Year
Dana Alexander, Alexander Connections
James C. Noonan, Pivot Point Capital Corporation
Dennis Powers, VectorPoint Ventures


2011

Development Category
WINNER: Good Clean Love
FINALISTS: Gamma Therapeutics, No Skinny (Expressive Labels)

Working Capital Category
WINNER: Elemental Technologies
FINALISTS: Jama SoftwarePulse Health

Growth Category
WINNER: Avnera
FINALISTS: EthicsPointFull Sail BrewingGrape Solar, Inc.

Individual Category
WINNER: Sam Blackman, Elemental Technologies 
FINALISTS: Robert Judge, Wellpartner; Chris Marsh, Pulse Health

Lifetime Achievement
WINNER: Gerry Langeler, OVP Venture Partners


2010

Development Category
WINNER: TrustID
FINALISTS: Columbia GreenShopIgniter

Working Capital Category
WINNER: ClearAccess
FINALISTS: Certified Languages InternationalElemental TechnologiesOh!Shoes

Growth Category
WINNER: Smarsh
FINALISTS: AvneraCoffee Bean InternationalnLIGHT

Individual Category
WINNER: Sohrab Vossoughi, Ziba Design 
FINALISTS: Jim Johnson, Tripwire; William Kelly, Learning.com; Manpreet Khaira, Avnera


2009

Development Category
WINNER: ClearEdge Power
FINALISTS: AboutUs, Inc.Jama SoftwarePlas2Fuel Corporation

Working Capital Category
WINNER:  ID Experts
FINALISTS: PopArt, Inc.PV Powered

Growth Category
WINNER: nLight Corporation
FINALISTS: Hemcon Medical TechnologiesTimbercon

Individual Category
WINNER: Ray King, AboutUs.com
FINALISTS: Bill Kelly, Learning.com; Lynnor Stevenson, Design Medix; Steve Sharp, TriQuint


2008

Development Category
WINNER: ClearEdge Power
FINALISTS: AboutUs, Inc.Jama SoftwarePlas2Fuel Corporation

Working Capital Category
WINNER:  ID Experts
FINALISTS: PopArt, Inc.PV Powered

Growth Category
WINNER: nLight Corporation
FINALISTS: Hemcon Medical TechnologiesTimbercon

Individual Category
WINNER:Doug Fieldhouse, Vesta
FINALISTS: Ray King, AboutUs.org; Susan Sokol Blosser, Sokol Blosser


2007

Development Category
WINNER: Innovation Asset Group
FINALISTS: Efficere TechnologiesRemote Technologies

Working Capital Category
WINNER: Auctionpay, Inc.
FINALISTS: Cayuse, Inc.eROI

Growth Category
WINNER: Jive Software
FINALISTS: Saber CorporationSnapnames

Individual Category
WINNER: Nicole Vogel, Portland Monthly
FINALISTS: Jim Johnson, Tripwire; John Morgan, Hemcon; Judy Johnston, Blue Lake Children’s Publishing

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