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Duck Tank 2019

Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm

109 NW Naito
109 NW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97209

The Oregon Executive MBA Alumni Chapter warmly invites you to the second annual Duck Tank. This is an opportunity for entrepreneurs within the University of Oregon community to pitch their new ventures in front of a panel of key Portland investment professionals. Join us for a thrilling evening watching entrepreneurs lay it on the line pitching their unique ideas to judges who provide expert advice and networking opportunities.


We are pleased to be joined by business owner, broadcaster, entrepreneur, and Oregon sports legend Jordan Kent, BS '06, as the event’s emcee.


Genevieve LeMarchal: Serial entrepreneur with more than 10 years of experience building and growing start-ups and early-stage businesses in various roles. She is a general partner at FoundersPad VC, and founding entrepreneur and board member of XXcelerate Fund.

Kate Delhagen: Proven senior leader, board director, entrepreneur, and angel investor with deep digital and commercial experience in a variety of consumer goods and service sectors. In 2017, she created a new investor network, Oregon Sports Angels, which focuses on early-stage sports product and tech companies and teams.

Andy Robbins: Accomplished executive and team coach and founder of Oyster, a coaching and consulting company focusing on rapid and sustainable performance improvement for executive leaders and their teams. Andy is active in the angel investment community and is a founding member of the Oregon Sports Angels and a charter member of TiE Portland.

Craig Ostbo: A marketing virtuoso with more than 30 years of experience building some of the most recognizable brands in the natural, organic, and sustainable product goods segment. After 25 years as CEO and managing partner of Koopman Ostbo, a strategic branding firm in Portland, Craig co-founded hoopla Global, a cross border eCommerce platform and consultancy focused on bringing “Made in The USA” to China and beyond.

As with last year, we will be accepting pitch applications from aspiring entrepreneurs, but this year we have expanded our net to include any UO alumnus or alumna (not just OEMBA alumni) who want to pitch our panel of experts.

Submissions for pitches will be accepted throughout the month of October before the field of applicants is narrowed to three finalists.

Our finalists will be invited to pitch to the panel live in the Duck Tank. Each presentation is limited to seven minutes, followed by feedback from the panel of judges and selected questions from the audience.

Lundquist College of Business-Portland
109 NW Naito Parkway
Portland OR 97209

$25 for current students and recent graduates (2016–19)
$25 for UOAA members
$40 for nonmembers

Please register by Friday, November 1. Last year’s event sold out, and this year we are limited to 125 seats, so register today to be a part of the fun.

For additional information, email Nick Winkleblack at