innovation circle

Innovate & Create

The creation and adoption of new products, services and business models is a fundamental driver of economic prosperity. The young companies, universities, and institutions behind those new products expand markets and sales, stimulating investment and ultimately creating jobs.

Council & Board

To compete, Oregon must prioritize investment in research and development, technology commercialization, new product development, and entrepreneurship in urban and rural communities and with full participation by underrepresented populations. Quality job growth depends on a thriving startup ecosystem where research and development can transition into commercialized technology and job-creating companies.

Oregon InC

The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) was created to help entrepreneurs turn cutting-edge research into new companies. Its initiatives help open the door to hard-to-find capital; provide Oregon businesses with access to otherwise out-of-reach R&D labs and researchers; and show established industries how innovation can revitalize their products and their profits.

Oregon Growth Board

The Oregon Growth Board was created in the 2012 Legislative Session in an effort to spur more economic growth in Oregon. An important focus is placed on leveraging state resources improve the availability of capital for Oregon-based high-growth companies. The board manages two sources of investment capital.  

Futures Commission

A 30-member commission responsible for reviewing Oregon's existing innovation ecosystem, engaging with innovation stakeholders, providing recommendations on a comprehensive set of policy measures to elevate innovation as an economic development priority and a key to economic recovery and resiliency, and creating a 10-Year Innovation Plan.


Signature Research Centers

Business Oregon can connect your business to the research power of more than 300 scientists and cutting-edge labs. Oregon InC's three Signature Research Centers work directly with Oregon's four research universities in a partnership designed to commercialize the R&D being created on campus and in the private sector, and to increase the collaboration and capacity of the state's universities. Learn more about Research Centers >>

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

NETL drives innovation and delivers solutions to enhance the nation's energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. It possesses the competencies and capabilities to lead strategic initiatives that advance America's energy, economic, and manufacturing priorities. NETL's Albany, Oregon, research site PDF is internationally recognized for its leadership in designing, developing, and deploying advanced materials for use in energy and other applications. In addition, the Albany location anchors NETL's research data management and artificial intelligence/machine learning capabilities, which are advancing data science solutions for materials science, subsurface, geospatial and infrastructure systems. Visit the NETL website for more information.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Located in Richland, Washington, PNNL is one among ten U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories managed by DOE's Office of Science. Our research strengthens the U.S. foundation for innovation, and we help find solutions for not only DOE, but for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration, other government agencies, universities and industry. Unlike others, our multidisciplinary scientific teams are brought together to address their problems.

SBIR/STTR Support Programs

Oregon businesses are encouraged to apply for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants. These competitive federal programs are designed to stimulate technological innovation and provide new opportunities for small businesses to conduct research and development (R&D) with commercialization potential. Learn more about SBIR and STTR >>