Portland Business Journal: Oregon startup mentor Shelley Gunton loses battle with cancer
Author: Mason Walker
Posted: November 23, 2015

Read the original aricle in the Portland Business Journal here.

One of Oregon's most visible supporters of the startup community has died.

Shelley Gunton lost her battle with brain cancer this week. Gunton leapt into Oregon's entrepreneurial scene when she co-founded, and successfully sold, Castor & Pollux Pet Food. In 2012, she was named the first executive director of Portland State University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship before leaving later that year to take an executive role at upstart Portland food brand Chez Marie. Throughout, she volunteered as an adviser with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and organized local angel investors.

Last summer, the community Gunton helped foster banded together to support cancer research at the Portland Brain Tumor Walk as "Team Shelley."

Mitch Daugherty, former board chair for Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and a co-founder of online magazine Built Oregon, penned a heartfelt personal remembrance of Gunton, as did Portland Incubator Experiment co-founder, blogger and Built Oregon co-founder Rick Turoczy.

A fund to support cancer research at OHSU created in honor of Gunton has already raised more than $5,000.