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Incubators and Accelerators

  • OTRADI Bioscience Incubator: Nonprofit Oregon Signature Research Center that facilitates scientific collaboration and the commercialization of new bioscience discoveries
  • TiE Oregon: Portland Entrepreneurship program that specializes in connecting local entrepreneurs to national and international partners through special speaker events.

  • Nike Accelerator: Collaborative program that connects digital inventions with Nike's Fuel Lab to "help people do more."

  • BEST hq: Beaverton business incubator which focuses on sustainable growth and empowerment to realize your business goals.

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Angel Conference

Angel Groups

  • Oregon Angel Fund: Invests $5 million per calendar year to companies in Oregon and southwest Washington. Targets to invest $100K to $859K per company. 

  • Keiretsu Forum: Highest rate of funding in the northwest. Part of the largest angel investment group in the world. 

  • Portland Angel Network: Between $500,000 and $2 million funding for companies in the Portland area or southwest Washington. 

  • Portland Venture Group: Typical investments go to companies seeking a capital investment of $50K to $2 million. 

  • Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network: Fund both concepts and companies ready to launch.

  • Willamette University Angel Fund: (link broken)

Venture Capital

    • Capybara Ventures: Invests in Silicon Valley and Oregon companies with experience launching 25.

    • DFJ Frontier: Early stage VC with a west coast focus. Also part of the much larger DFJ network. 

    • Voyager: West coast VC with most investments being in IT.

    • Pivotal Investments: Green tech investor aiming to invest in early stage Northwest companies.

    • Endeavour Capital:  West coast VC with focus in food, logistics, education, niche manufacturing, business services and healthcare. 

    • Seven Peaks Ventures: West coast investors with a non-specific sector focus.
    • Equilibrium Capital: Focused in sustainable technologies including renewable energy and healthy water and land management. 

    • Ignition: Early stage VC with a focus in software startups. 

    • Intel Capital: Variety of capital funds centered on computing technology.  

    • Madrona: Northwest company focus.

    • Northwest Technology Ventures: Portland based, formation stage venture funds with a focus on technology research. 

    • OVP: Northwest focus group with most investments being in IT.


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Industry Associations

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University Resources

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Websites and Blogs

  • Startup Management: Free lectures and other resources aimed at educating entrepreneurs. 

  • Calagator: Community calendar for Portland technology.

  • OEN Blog: Oregon Entrepreneurs Network blog describing events and topics surrounding startups.

  • OnlineStartupCamp: Free online courses for entrepreneurs.

  • OregonStartups: Find startup resources in Oregon.

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Office Space

Hacker Spaces

    • ADX: Collaborative design and prototyping facility located in southeast Portland.

    • BrainSilo: Portland based hacker space with regular workshops.

    • HackerSpace Directory: List of hacker spaces all over the world.

    • The Watershed: Industrial arts facility with a variety of fabrication resources.


    • ActivSpace: Several Portland locations to work on projects in a shared space.

    • BESThq: A Beaverton executive development center and collaborative business incubator.

    • NedSpace: Downtown Portland office space for rent.

    • TenPOD: Two Portland collaborative office space locations.

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Entrepreneur Groups

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Courses and Reference Info

  • How to Build a Startup (Steve Blank): A series of lectures that cover a wide range business topics that are focused around startup success.
  • Startup Weekend: Organization that facilitates seminars for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in front of peers for feedback.
  • OregonStartups.com: General resource difectory of Oregon entrepreneurs. Links to organizations, trainings, events and much more.

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Funding Dates

OEN’S Angel Oregon (Oregon Entrepreneur Network)
The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is a non-profit organization that educates, supports, and advocates for our entrepreneurial community to accelerate business growth and employment opportunities in Oregon and southwest

  • Late September: Deadline for applying on GUST
  • Early October: First Angel Oregon Fall Program investor meeting
  • Late October: Second Angel Oregon Fall Program investor meeting

Willamette Angel Conference
The Willamette Angel Conference is a major effort in our region that advances entrepreneurship and our regional economy by supporting innovative companies through an increase in seed capital, early-stage venture recognition and opportunities for funding

  • Middle Feb: early bird deadline to submit business plan
  • Late Feb: final deadline to submit business plan
  • Late April: Finalists notified
  • Early May: Willamette Angel Conference in Eugene, Oregon. Winner of the investment prize will be announced

The Oregon Angel Fund (OAF) seeks to invest in 4-5 early-stage growth companies each year. Ideal applicants have:

  • Developed their product/service beyond the concept stage
  • “Skin in the game” in the form of sweat equity and money from founders, family, and friends
  • Founding teams with relevant demonstrated success

Next application deadline: OCT 15TH, 2013

Bend Conference
The BVC is the premier regional event connecting seed and early stage companies with investment opportunities and attracts 400 of the Pacific Northwest's top entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders

  • Mid October: Reception and conference. Usually two days

NWEN (Northwest Entrepreneur Network)
Since 1985, the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN) has been at the epicenter of the region's entrepreneurial community. The organization is fueled by the energy and passion of participants who start small and think big. Whether your seek inspiration, education, or connections, and your business is retail, technology, consumer, enterprise or anything in between, NWEN is one-stop shopping for business success.
As a non-profit organization, NWEN both serves and is supported by the community, including partners, sponsors, volunteers, and an engaged board, and staffed by an Executive Director and Operations Manager.

  • Late November: Seattle angel conference

SBIR/ STTR (Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer)

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs

  • Mid November: Release and open date
  • Late January: Close Date

Oregon BEST
We are the nexus for clean technology innovation.
We build capability, convene collaborations, and accelerate the solutions
to environmental challenges that deliver prosperity in all corners of Oregon

Cut Off Dates Board of Directors Meeting Dates
December 15 1Q meeting is middle of February
March 15 2Q meeting is middle of May
June 15 3Q meeting is middle of August
September 15 4Q meeting is middle of November

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