Business Support Resources

Innovation & Technology

Organization More Information Service Area Description
BESThq Website Washington County BESThq works to sustainably grow small businesses through strategic planning; risk management; and profitability.
Eugene Mindworks Coworking and Business Incubator Website Eugene/ Springfield A place for entrepreneurs and startups and self employed to collaborate/innovate/grow.
FertiLab Thinkubator Website Lane County A hub for business startup incubation by connecting entrepreneurs with vital resources including mentors; educational classes; co-working biotech research labs and prototyping shop space.
Forge Portland Website Multnomah County A community-based accelerator and coworking space for social enterprises and freelancers. Forge members have access to a suite of free services designed to help them run more efficiently including free accounting templates; legal referral; business development; mentorship; and intern placement.
FoundersPad Website Deschutes County Supports entrepreneurs with top-quality programs based on evidence-based entrepreneurship and Lean Startup principles. Programs are designed to help entrepreneurs understand and engage with their customers adapt and learn how to develop a scalable business model and accelerate growth in the marketplace.
Gorge Innoventure Website Hood River County Helps grow businesses by providing collaboration and meeting space/education and networking activities/access to expertise and capital.
Mercy Corps Northwest Website Statewide Assists low-income and beginning entrepreneurs to start or grow their small business. Based in Portland their services include loans; grants to purchase business assets; a business planning 101 course and weekly seminars on a range of topics.
Microenterprise Inventors Program of Oregon (MIPO) Website Multnomah County Provides business consulting for inventors; classes with expert instructors; webinars through partner programs; computer lab access; Oregon's Inventors Web site; quarterly e-newsletters; networking events; and the Inventor's Trade Show.
OHSU Technology Transfer and Business Development Website Statewide TTBD partners with industry to collaborate and conduct research; license promising discoveries and intellectual property; and launch companies based on OHSU technologies.
OIT Office of Innovation and Technology Transfer Website Statewide Facilitate the development/dissemination/protection/transfer/licensing/commercialization of technology; inventions; and creations developed by professors/staff/students at OIT in order to benefit the public.
Oregon Broadband Advisory Council Website Statewide Encourage coordination and collaboration between organizations and economic sectors to leverage the development and utilization of broadband for education; workforce development and telehealth; and to promote broadband utilization by citizens and communities.
Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) Website Collaborate to advance metals technology for manufacturers of all sizes. Scientists/engineers/industry leaders/academic experts in search of innovations in metals manufacturing experiment/discover/learn together in a world-class applied research and development facility. OMIC's vision is to provide solutions to metals and other manufacturing challenges while preparing the industry's workforce through on-the-job learning and serving as a catalyst for regional economic prosperity.
Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) Website Statewide ONAMI's community of world-class industry/academic/federal research institutions in the Pacific Northwest forms a vibrant network of nanoscience and microtechnology expertise that is moving nanoscience and microtechnology innovations from basic research through to commercialization.
Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) Website Washington County A tech startup incubator that provides coaching; networking events; entrepreneurship programs and shared office space to help tech/biotech/cleantech/opentech start-up ventures succeed.
Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI) Website Statewide A signature research center dedicated to providing a unique and previously missing link between Oregon university researchers and biotech or pharmaceutical companies to fuel drug discovery and commercialization in Oregon.
Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) Website Statewide OWET is a nonprofit public-private partnership emphasizing an inclusive collaborative model to ensure that Oregon maintains its competitive advantage and maximizes the economic development potential of this emerging industry. Work includes stakeholder outreach and education/policy development/environmental assessment/applied research/market development.
OSU Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development Website Statewide
OTRADI Bioscience Incubator (OBI) Website Statewide Provides scientists and young companies with the resources and expertise needed to take their research from the lab to the market. The OBI is outfitted with lab and office space and advanced scientific equipment allowing companies to focus on commercializing their research and growing their business rather than investing in buildout and technology.
Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) Website PIE provides $20k and office space to spend up to nine months (3 months of the program plus a potential 6 more months rent-free). Companies learn from startups-in-residence; successful alumni; and Wieden+Kennedy and its network.
Portland Seed Fund Website A privately managed fund and non-resident accelerator focused on providing emerging companies the capital; mentoring and connections to help them grow. Financing is provided via convertible notes and allows follow-on financing. The flexible 90-day curriculum includes deliverables/training sessions/mentor guidance.
Portland State Business Accelerator Website The Portland State Business Accelerator speeds the success of these high-growth companies by providing resources/connections/expertise/University support/control of high-impact costs all within a growth-focused entrepreneurial community.
Portland State Social Innovation Incubator Website Statewide Provides social venture startups with the '4 Cs:' Capacity gained through training in business best practices; Community of peers; Connections to advisors/funders/volunteers and customers; and Credibility from participation and exposure.
PSU Office of Research and Sponsored Projects Website Statewide Working together to promote and to facilitate the acquisition of research funding; managing ongoing research projects; and assisting with the dissemination and commercialization of innovations/inventions/research findings.
Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) Website South Willamette Valley Connecting South Willamette Valley entrepreneurs to resources and partners that can help them turn ideas into thriving local traded-sector companies. RAIN has presence in Corvallis (OSU Advantage Accelerator) and Eugene (Eugene RAIN).
Small Business Innovation Research—Oregon Website National The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Technology administers the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Through this competitive program SBA ensures that the nation's small/high-tech/innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts.
Small Business Technology Transfer Website Statewide STTR is a small business program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. STTR's most important role is to foster the innovation necessary to meet the nation's scientific and technological challenges in the 21st century.
Starve Ups Website Starve Ups' mission is to share insights and resources and networks amongst membership companies to support and sustain successful businesses. Starve Ups membership companies treat one another's business as their own and move forward with the success of the whole as the goal.
Sustainable Valley Technology Group Website Statewide The mission of Sustainable Valley Technology Group (SVTG) is to inspire and attract and mentor innovative companies toward successful entrepreneurship of sustainable technologies. SVTG can connect young companies with investors/facilities/mentors.
TenX Website is an open source-style accelerator that provides content/events/conferences & learning programs to generate growth for high potential organizations & individuals. TenX's Sprint and Marathon programs support founders and leaders in tackling developmental milestones starting from $0-$100K and accelerating to $100K-$1MM+.
The Business Enterprise Center Inc. Website Benton County A regional business accelerator with a 20-year history of job creation through business counseling/training/support/assistance. The BEC offers a high tech focus for technology transfer and commercialization of innovation close to OSU/Hewlett Packard/ONAMI. Additionally its focus on cluster development in bio-fuels/energy efficiency/open source software and nano-technology serves as a nexus for job creation.
TiE Oregon Website TiE provides a supportive platform for mentoring/networking and education for both entrepreneurs and other professionals interested in economic value creation.
TiE Pearl Website TiE Pearl is an incubator at ISITE and is a space for digital startups to connect/collaborate/create. There is shared space; dedicated internet access and two conference rooms; access to mentors including leading local entrepreneurs/investors; and ISITE that can help with design and development elements. TiE Pearl also hosts regular talks and meetups on digital topics.
Umpqua Business Center Website Douglas County Umpqua Business Center's mission is to nurture aspiring entrepreneurs and start-up businesses by providing collaborative advisory/mentoring/technical assistance in a professional environment fostering economic vitality through job creation.
University of Oregon Office of Technology Transfer Website Statewide The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) partners with UO innovators/the public/industry to accelerate the adoption of innovations derived from UO research and education.
VertueLab Website Statewide VertueLab connects the state's businesses with our university-based network of shared-user labs and expertise to commercialize and transform sustainable built environment and renewable energy research into on-the-ground products and services and jobs that power Oregon's green economy.