Starve Ups was a Start Up Too!

October 2000

Starve Ups is founded by 7 companies

Starve Ups is founded by 7 companies as an entrepreneurial group where success and sustainability are the model. All of the 7 founding companies are still in Starve Ups and all are profitable.

July 2001

"Starve Ups Square"

"Starve Ups Square" event is held in historic Pioneer Square where entrepreneurs could visit 20 tables discussing the key elements of running a start up including business plan writing, financing, etc.

September 2001

Starve Ups increases membership cap to 15 companies

Starve Ups increases membership cap to 15 companies as inquiries are received weekly from new companies wanting to join. Over 40 companies inquire about joining in the first year of the group.

June 2002

Starve Ups increases membership cap to 18 companies

Starve Ups increases membership cap to 18 companies at any given time. This level of capacity was discussed with leaders of other entrepreneurial organizations as the ideal size for a group such as Starve Ups.

July 2002

"Starve Ups Square II"

"Starve Ups Square II" event runs again in Pioneer Square. Over 500 attendees and entrepreneurs visit tables, each focused on key areas of focus for building businesses including marketing, sales and branding.

May 2004

Portland State University contracts with Starve Ups Marketing Agency (SUMA)

Portland State University contracts with Starve Ups Marketing Agency (SUMA) to assist with and consult on opening the Portland State Business Accelerator. The group was approached by PSU to help them launch a traditional business accelerator in a building purchased by the university just outside of downtown Portland. Starve Ups Marketing Agency was contracted with to create a brand identity, necessary marketing materials, the accelerator's site, to garner tenants and to run entrepreneurial events for a 1 year term. SUMA provided all of these services to the university and to the accelerator and brought in 8 tenants including both anchor tenants and helped launch the single largest accelerator in Oregon.

March 2006

Starve Ups runs "Build A Business In A Day" event.

4 teams of individuals from Starve Ups and local entrepreneurs compete to build and sell the most derivative products, based on bayou beads, in one day.

December 2007

Starve Ups Provides Emeritus Status

Starve Ups provides Emeritus status to two of its founding membership companies; CoolerEmail and AssetExchange.

November 2008

Starve Ups increases membership cap to 21 companies at any given time. 

This level of capacity was agreed upon by the group as the demand for membership continues to be consistent amongst idea and emerging stage companies. To date around 135+ companies have had interest in the group. In turn the membership capacity needed to be increased, but still needed to remain manageable.

December 2008

Starve Ups Provides Emeritus Status

Starve Ups provides Emeritus status to two membership companies; wired.MD and Elsapel.