Stiira wins award at Westside Pitch event

Stiira wins the “best overall” seed category award at Westside Pitch 2024

PORTLAND, OR, April 9, 2024 — Stiira, an innovator in the leave management software space, was recognized as the “best overall” seed category winner at this year’s Westside Pitch Competition. This flagship event, put on by TiE Oregon, brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and community members to celebrate innovation and support emerging businesses. Stiira was one of six finalists presenting at this event, selected for creating an exceptional product or service to solve a complex problem in a national or international market. As the first-place winner in the seed category, Stiira received an equity investment from TiE Oregon Angels and the Oregon Growth Board (TAP Fund IV), as well as legal services support from Perkins Coie, further fueling Stiira’s ambitious vision for the future of leave management.

Stiira was honored to participate in such an impactful event and receive recognition for an innovative approach to solving the complexities of administering government-regulated leaves of absence. Additionally, the event provided a stage to further connect with the local entrepreneurial community and increase visibility with investors, other businesses, and the general public.

“We thoroughly enjoyed getting the chance to introduce the world of leave management to so many impressive business minds in our local ecosystem,” said Calvin Gower, Stiira’s President and Founder. “While the HR industry is well aware of the difficulties of managing employee leaves of absence, it’s important to bring knowledge of the ever-evolving landscape to a broader audience. The problem we are solving affects every level of an organization, from the employees taking leave to the business leaders offering these benefits to their workforce.”

While Stiira supports clients nationwide, its roots are in the greater Portland area, where the founding team originally came together to address the significant gap in the market for a robust yet affordable leave management software.

“From the start, our mission has been to equip all employers with a powerful solution that simplifies the complicated leave landscape, regardless of size, location, and budget. We’re so grateful to receive such overwhelming support for our vision and what we set out to accomplish,” Gower said.

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