Down to Business
Oregon’s economy depends on businesses, whether cooperative, family-owned, blue chip or newly established. OSU technology provides businesses with a competitive edge in sectors from food to outdoor apparel to energy. The College of Business works with Oregon companies to develop sustainable business strategies. More examples:
- Right foot forward. The Design Forum/PDX is key to the city’s economic development strategy. OSU researcher Leslie Burns serves on the forum’s board of directors.
- All in the family. With professional development workshops, awards for excellence and online management courses, the Austin Family Business Program supports the heart of the Oregon economy.
- Start your engines. Three Corvallis start-ups with ties to OSU attracted $20 million in venture capital last spring. They are Inpria Corp., Perpetua Power Source Technologies and Zaps Technologies.
- Innovation Showcase. The annual Willamette Innovators Night at OSU brings businesses together with policymakers and researchers to share ideas and spark initiatives.
- Building Bridges. Research results with commercial promise start as “invention disclosures” leading eventually to patent applications filed by the Office of Commercialization and Corporate Development. Since 1999, OSU has recorded almost 300 license agreements with businesses.