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Advantage Accelerator


This is research based, milestone driven and highly opportunistic.


Test the feasibility of startups and validate business models.


Focused on growth, project management and efficiency.

The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator brings cutting edge ideas to market by connecting innovators and entrepreneurs to the resources they need for success. We assist technology-based early stage companies from the mid-Willamette Valley and extended Oregon State University community.

Our staff, mentors, and student interns will work with you during all phases of the commercialization process. We will assist you in exploring markets, products and customers for your products. Additionally, we will help refine your concepts to build a viable business model. Finally, we will assist the launch of your venture with a robust long term growth strategy. Contact us today and get started!

Video with Nick Fowler from Perpetua Power Video with John Turner from the OSU Accelerator

The Startup Advantage

Out-Of-The-Building Blocks

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Apr 15, 2014

Out-Of-The-Building Blocks

I had the opportunity to chat with Steve Blank about the Business Model Canvas and his Stanford class. I suggested that there is much work to be accomplished even before embarking on the Lean Launchpad Class. When I taught at the University of Southern California (USC), the cornerstone class before the Business Plan class was [...]

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Effective Mentor Protégé Relationships

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Mar 30, 2014

Effective Mentor Protégé Relationships

We recently launched our Mentor program at the Oregon State University OSU Advantage Accelerator. In developing the program, I began to think about the attributes and workings of an effective mentor and a good protégé. Effective mentors get off to a good start. They set good ground rules and hold them right from the beginning. [...]

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Pitching—But Not Baseball

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Mar 18, 2014

Pitching—But Not Baseball

25 Rules for Pitchers At some point in time, every entrepreneur needs to pitch his or her business. Rather than focusing on a specific pitch to a niche industry, these notes concentrate on the general aspect of pitching to potential investors. There is less focus on the content of the pitch and more on the [...]

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Events and Conferences

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May
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Event Reception-Willamette Angels Conference

The night before the Willamette Angels Conference is this Event Reception. "The premier networking event of the year for founders, innovators, researchers, and investors."

 Come and meet

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News and Noteworthy

You Are Never Too Old To Learn To Surf (aka: Don’t Be Afraid To Suck)

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Apr 21, 2014

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. I have a confession: I used to quickly become frustrated whenever I tried something new and I...

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This Philanthropist Is Winning Skirmishes With Poverty By Tapping Into An Inner City’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

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Apr 14, 2014

Much has been written about social entrepreneurship; ventures in which an explicit goal is the betterment of society. However, far less attention has been applied...

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Puking On The Emotional Startup Rollercoaster

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Apr 7, 2014

A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Startups are an emotional rollercoaster; moments of sheer terror interlaced with bone-crushing, mind-numbing and...

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How To Transform Your Mentor Relationships Into Lifelong Friendships

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Mar 31, 2014

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Note: This is Part III of a series exploring the power of mentorships. Access Part I HERE and...

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