Incubators and Accelerators

Rain Eugene: Connects investors and ideas to create an entrepreneurial community in Eugene. Portland State Business Accelerator: Includes many educational programs for entrepreneurs as well as office space and mentors.
Gorge Innoventure: Eight week company boot camp, provides meeting space, education and networking activities, and access to expertise and capital. TiE Oregon: Portland Entrepreneurship program, specializes in connecting local entrepreneurs to national and international partners through special speaker events.
Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC): Offers office space, mentoring, workshops and courses for entrepreneurs and startups. Food Innovation Center: Focuses on taking Northwest food products to market. FIC provides many resources associated with agricultural business development. 
FoundersPad (Bend): Twelve week lean startup program, focuses on customer development and mentorship resources. Center of Excellence: Portland-based sports footwear and apparel group.
Bend Outdoor Worx - A startup incubator for the outdoor industry. OTRADI Bioscience Incubator: Nonprofit Oregon Signature Research Center, facilitates scientific collaboration and the commercialization of new bioscience discoveries.


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.

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.

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Angel Conferences

Spring Fall
Willamette Angel Conference: Spring conference, awards up to $200,000 Bend Venture Conference: October conference, $250,000 investment prize.
OEN’s Angel Oregon: April conference half day event, $256,000 awarded in 2014. Seattle Angel Conference: November conference, $155,000 awarded in 2014.
Southern Oregon Angel Conference: April conference, award of $200,000 Roseburg Angel Conference: Fall conference, award of $230,000 in 2013.

Angel Groups

Venture Capital

  • Voyager: West Coast VC with most investments being made in IT.
  • Seven Peaks Ventures: West Coast investors with a non-specific sector focus.
  • Capybara Ventures: Invests in Silicon Valley and Oregon companies, experience launching 25 companies.
  • DFJ Frontier: Early stage VC with a West Coast focus. Also part of the much larger DFJ network. 
  • 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. 
  • Equilibrium Capital: Focuses on sustainable technologies including renewable energy, 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: Focuses on companies from the Northwest.
  • Northwest Technology Ventures: Portland based, formation stage venture funds focuses on technology research. 
  • OVP: Group that focuses on Northwest companies with most investments being made in IT.


Micro Loans


Small Business Administration (SBA)

A wide variety of resources that range from concept to the nuts and bolts of business administration.

Industry Associations

University Resources

Websites and Blogs

  • InfoChachkie: John Greathouse's blog for hands-on Start-up advice.

  • Both Sides of the Table: Mark Suster's blog about an Entrepreneur turned Venture Capitalist.

  • Steve Blank: From the author of "The Startup Owner's Manual" comes Steve Blank's personal blog.

  • The Experience is the Product: A startup blog by Cindy Alvarez. 

  • Business Model Alchemist: From the creator of the Business Model Canvas, a blog by Alex Osterwalder.

  • Ben's Blog: The author of "The Hard Things about the Hard Things" in his startup focused blog.

  • Silicon Forrest: A blog about the "Silicon Forest" in Oregon.

  • The Venture Edge: A no-nonsense commentary and advice for startups. 
  • Startup Management: Free lectures and other resources aimed at educating entrepreneurs. 

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

  • OregonStartups: Find startup resources in Oregon.

  • 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.