The Seattle tech community is gearing up for Thursday’s Demo Day, the high-profile investment pitch session in which 10 companies from TechStars Seattle plan to put their best pitch forward. But Seattle isn’t the only place where Demo Day is taking place. Today, in Portland, eight new companies emerged from the 90-day Portland Seed Fund incubator.

As part of their participation in the program, each company received a $25,000 investment from the fund, a public-private partnership which is supported by the Portland Development Commission; Oregon Growth Account; City of Hillsboro; OEN Catalyst Fund; and individual angel investors.

Here’s a look at the eight companies, with descriptions of each. We’ll be back Thursday with full coverage of TechStars Seattle Demo Day.

4-Tell: Increases sales for retailers with personalized recommendations. Web:

AudioName: Allows you to create an audio avatar in your email signature to help people pronounce and learn about your name. Web: Audio Name.

Comic Rocket: Online media company in the comics space.

Geoloqi: A mobile app and web platform that makes it easy for companies to build powerful location-based applications Web:

Hively: A simple way to gather customer feedback and measure support team performance. Web:Hively.

Homeschool Snowboarding: Creates highly breathable snowboarding outerwear featuring Cocona Xcellerator technology. Web: Homeschool Snowboarding.

LaunchSide: A new way for companies to connect with customers, initially focusing on early beta users of tech products. Web: LaunchSide.

Vizify: Visualize, share, and track your professional life with Vizify. Web:

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  • Guest_toe

    Would like to know the behind-the-scenes story of how vizify ended up coming out of portland … they were a Settle Techstars company for this year:

    • Todd Silverstein, CEO Vizify

      This is Todd, one of the founders of Vizify. We actually dual-tracked in both the Portland Seed Fund and TechStars Seattle simultaneously. It was an interesting experience (with a lot of training back & forth) and we had a lot of support from both the PSF and TechStars teams which was what made it possible….

      • johnhcook

        Todd. It would be interesting to get a guest post from you on the differences between the two and how you completed this dual track.

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