The Inaugural Class

For four months over the fall and winter of 2014, five companies came together to focus their energy toward taking their business to the next level. 

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Chroma Fund launches with projects by The Digits and Mountain Machine Studios

Chroma Fund launches with projects by The Digits and Mountain Machine Studios

Chroma announced the release of a revenue-sharing crowdfunding platform called CHROMA.FUND, intended to help digital creators get financing to complete their projects. They're launching the platform with two Oregon-based companies who are raising capital from accredited investors beginning today. The Digits is a web series created by Portland artists Scotty Iseri & Joe Bolenbaugh, who were recently offered national distribution through PBS. Chroma also partnered with fellow accelerator company Mountain Machine Studios to finish development of epic time-travel adventure game The Second River. We look forward to watching these brilliant creative endeavors become viable investments. @chromapdx

Mountain Machine Studios

Mountain Machine Studios came to Oregon Story Board already in development on a prototype for a game with New York Times best-selling and Portland-local author Daniel H. Wilson. The game, Mayday! Deep Spaceout now on the iOS app store, uses voice-activated controls to take the player through a terrifying story on a spacecraft.  With voice acting provided by Grimm actresses Bitsie Tulloch and Claire Coffee, as well as Supernatural's Osric Chau, the game has been receiving rave reviews from Cult of Mac, The Verge, The Hollywood Reporter, Touch Arcade, and OPB's State of Wonder. 

Mountain Machine also partnered with fellow accelerator company Chroma to fund the production of their next game, The Second River. The trailer for the game, created with Unity, shows the powerful combination of story, art, music, and gameplay that the Mountain Machine team brings for an epic, emotional experience with digital storytelling. The Second River is open for investment through Chroma Fund. @mtnmachinegames 

Built Oregon

During their time in the Oregon Story Board accelerator program, Built Oregon launched and ran an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign to support the first issue of their entrepreneurial digital storytelling magazine. Over the course of the program, they worked with local authors interviewing local businesses across the state, while building an affinity program network and planning events to bring regions across Oregon together.

The first issue of Built Oregon launched in December and told the stories of 12 entrepreneurs, ranging from ice cream to acoustic guitars. They’ve shown us the power of story to bring people and businesses together toward community-focused economic development. You can become a member of Built Oregon to help support the stories of these enterprising Oregon companies.

Built Oregon's Terry St. Marie presenting at Demo Day on January 9th, 2015. 

A Fourth Act

A Fourth Act designs processes and builds digital tools to unleash the full potential of stories for a cause to turn passive audiences into engaged communities, and compassion into action.

They use a combination of interactive technology and custom consulting to help organizations and content creators activate and measure inspiration and engagement from their audiences. At demo day, they presented HARVIS, their first app for engagement, and how they've been using it to spark dialogues, reframe issues, and inspire innovative responses to problems. @afourthact


Studio Kate

"At Studio Kate, we get up every day to tell meaningful, breathtakingly beautiful stories that give voice to people and issues that need to be heard and connect us to each other. We are obsessed with the power of film and video to create connection between strangers -- people we may never meet, but who are truly so much like ourselves. I hope these stories of honesty, emotion and resilience resonate with the viewer, decreasing our isolation from each other and inspiring us to join the work to make the world a better place for all."
– Studio Kate  @Kate_Raphael

Demo Day 2014 #OSBdd


Malia Spencer for the Portland Business Journal

Malia Spencer for the Portland Business Journal

As a tech reporter, I’ve gone to a fair amount of Demo Days, but this one felt a little different. Like the companies in the program, this event focused on the story. Instead of the standard Demo Day pitch formula — problem, solution, team and ask — this event dwelled on the journey these entrepreneurs have made. The presentations left the audience with calls to action that ranged from signing up to be members of a community, downloading a game or possibly partnering with the young company.
— Malia Spencer, Portland Business Journal

The Story of OSB

We created a video series to tell the story of Oregon Story Board throughout the demo day presentations. You can see the entire series in this YouTube playlist.