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. A high degree of innovation in a region signals support for future growth in knowledge- or technology-based industries is the key to driving growth and prosperity.
Quality job growth depends on a thriving startup ecosystem where research and development can transition into commercialized technology and job-creating companies.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Rural Entrepreneurship Development Initiative
Public-private partnership to improve and increase rural access to entrepreneurial and small business resources.
Incubators and accelerators can be critical to helping entrepreneurs clear the many obstacles to realizing the potential of their businesses. Learn more >>
Business Oregon works with many entities and events around the state to provide angel funding support and opportunities.
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN)
OEN connects entreprenuers to a network of peers and mentors, start-up funding opportunities and hands-on training. Learn more about OEN
Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (SBDCN)
The SBDCN is a partnership between 17 Oregon community colleges, two state universities, the US Small Business Administration and Business Oregon and is part of the broader national network of Small Business Development Centers.
The Oregon network provides a variety of services and training to small businesses and entrepreneurs such as business plan development and other necessary first steps toward establishing and growing your business in Oregon. The network has 19 centers located around the state that provide help to businesses at virtually every stage of development. Many of these services are provided free of charge because of the support of the network sponsors. The centers also provide some low-cost trainings, online courses and other specialized services.