2014 $100K Finalists and Judges

2014 $100K Challenge Venture Competition Results Announced

The Annual University of Portland $100K Challenge Venture Competition, hosted by the Franz Center took place on Saturday, April 26th!  Eighteen For-Profit teams competed to win an investment of up to $100,000 (in cash and in-kind services), made possible by the Launch Pad Fund, a seed capital fund established by a group of generous donors. […]


Innovation Challenge

A Summer of Innovation:  Work on a cool project, product, or business start-up, with help from UP and experienced mentors. And, receive $4,000 stipend to do it!   Really?   Yes really! Attend a Q&A session March 4th, 2014 at 6PM in Shiley 232 to learn more. FREE PIZZA! Bring your questions, ideas, and appetite! […]


Director’s Corner: Pete Rooks, Director for Leadership

Hello everyone.  I am Pete Rooks, and I have been involved in the development of leaders for more than 25 years.  Leader development is something I am very passionate about and enjoy.  For just over 7 years now, I have participated in a campus wide conversation exploring what it means to be a leader, and […]

Jill Nelson

Join us for the first Leadership Speaker Series Event with Jill Nelson

The Franz Center is proud to announce the start of the Leadership Speaker Series with the first of five speakers.  Jill Nelson, Founder and CEO of Ruby Receptionists, starts the conversation on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 7:10 PM in the Buckley Center Auditorium. Founded by Jill Nelson in 2003, Ruby Receptionists serves more than […]

Walter Robb

Save the Date for the Upcoming Bauccio Lecture with Walter Robb

Walter Robb Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Whole Foods Market March 27, 2014 4:15 PM Buckley Center Auditorium   Please save the date (Thursday, March 27, 2014) to join us for the annual Bauccio Lecture. This year the lecture will be given by Walter Robb, Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Whole Foods Market. […]