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Founded in 2009, TenX is a business accelerator that helps business owners and entrepreneurs learn & apply great business principles, through interactive peer mentorship & advising.

TenX’s Sprint and Marathon programs are structured to support founders and business leaders in tackling developmental milestones starting from $0-$100K, and accelerating to $100K-$1MM+. We also offer Office Hours, Fundraising Prep, Individual Advising, and Growth Advising for post-$1MM+ companies. Alumni of TenX programs have generated more than $30MM in revenues and funding!

Our headquarters are in Portland, Oregon at our coworking partner, NedSpace, and we welcome participation in TenX from anywhere in the world, via Google Hangout / Skype.

Get to know us, by joining our LinkedIn Group, signing up as a TenX Member, or scheduling an Office Hour meeting to work together on current business challenges.


Carolynn Duncan is the Founder / Program Advisor at TenX.org: under Carolynn’s direction, TenX alumni have generated more than $30MM in revenues and funding since 2009.

Prior to TenX, Carolynn was affiliated with EPIC Ventures, a Salt Lake City-based venture capital firm, developed an entrepreneurial finance program and ran LivePitch events for FundingUniverse (now Lendio), assisted in launching the Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center in partnership with BYU-Idaho and EPIC Ventures, founded the Hundred Dollar Business, was a founding employee of TagJungle, a tech startup in the blog search space, and worked at $3MM seed fund Provo Labs.

Prior to working in entrepreneurial finance, Carolynn worked as a communications specialist for DeseretBook, Granite Publishing & Distribution, Cedar FortSchooled Magazine, and Nomen Global Language Center. She has worked with at-risk youth through Utah Youth Village and the Casey Life Skills Program, volunteers as a “Big Sister” with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, is an advocate of Pathway, a distance learning program developed by BYU-Idaho, and has taught financial & employment literacy for young adults in the LDS Church. Carolynn has a Bachelor’s in Modern Dance, Music (Violin), and English (Literature/Creative Writing) from Brigham Young University-Idaho.


Michael’s background as a business and M&A consultant, business broker and entrepreneur has dominated his professional background. As the Organizer of Startup Weekend Portland, he helped jolt the startup scene in the community. A mentor and advisor, he spends much of his time counseling fledgling companies in the Startup Your Startup program offered at Portland’s NedSpace. In addition, he was the Organizer for the first Portland Startup Riot, a co-organizer of Pitchlandia, a crowd-voted pitch and investment competition, and a coach / mentor for Fast Pitch, a social impact competition.

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Pam Abrahamsson is a Media Strategist and facilitates TenX.org’s media, strategy, public relations, and brand management. During her career, she has procured client coverage in such media as Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Reuters, InfoWorld, USA Today, CBS MarketWatch, Los Angeles Times, American Banker, Bank Systems & Technology, New York Times, Bon Appetit, Univision, Sirius satellite radio and other broadcast and print outlets.

Prior to her affiliation with Stephenson Group, Pam served as founder and president of Abrahamsson & Associates, a public relations and marketing communications firm serving the corporate, real estate and e-commerce verticals.

She serves as instructor and guest lecturer for the TenX.org entrepreneur education program, Portland State University’s Digital Breakfast series and other organizations. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, public relations emphasis, CSU Fullerton; and certified training in social media and marketing. Professional and honor affiliations include the Public Relations Society of America, and Technology Council of Southern California.


Mike Lyman is responsible for TenX.org’s brand and design development. His professional experience includes graphic design, web design and development, user interface and interaction design for desktop, the web, and mobile devices. Mike works with SoftSource Consulting, for brand name corporate clients including Nike, Intel, Eid Passport, Microsoft, Therapeutic Associates, and others.

He earned an Eagle Scout award and served a volunteer mission for two years in France. He also enjoyed working with children in various programs including the M.A.R.S program in Riverside County where he helped organize and lead recreational activities for children in the community. He has a B.A. in Art Education and minor in French Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho.


Steve Davis focuses his practice on representing startups, emerging growth companies and their investors. His clients include companies which have participated in TechStars, the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), the Portland Seed Fund, and the Portland State University Business Accelerator, among others. He regularly represents startups and emerging growth companies, and their investors in connection with securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He has represented issuers in more than 25 financings thus far in 2012. He also represents public companies with respect to securities offerings, public company reporting obligations, and mergers and acquisitions.