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Get a Curated Page for Local Start-ups @ Kickstarter.com Curated Pages are different from Kickstarter’s “Discover City” feature. For Example, in Portland, OR (PDX) there’s a “Discover Portland” page at: http://kck.st/m49BhE There’s also a Curated Page for Portland: City of Portland, OR; Office of Mayor Sam Adams: http://kck.st/l73CxB Six out of seven projects have been fully funded on Portland’s Kickstarter Curated ...more »
Most SBA loans are difficult to obtain and take forever, and VC capital typically ins’t interested in funding anything for under than $5M USD; Angel investors have picked up some of the slack, but if the SBA started a micro-lending program, it could accelerate the growth rate of innovation.
Look at Portland as a model for community & growth in start-ups… There are 5-6 sectors or clusters in PDX that make it a nearly perfect test environment: tech & open-source, alternative energy, meteoric rise of iPhone/iPad & mobile apps, sustainable/environmental base of companies & people, a notable PDX bike-culture, a prominent locals/foods culture (restaurants, farms, vineyards, breweries, etc) and an overall open-source ...more »