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The RAIN Eugene startup resources page is a broad list of startup resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Oregon, with an additional focus on resources in the Eugene/Springfield area. It can facilitate connections for early stage companies that are in need of mentorship, funding, network relationships and space for development. It is by no means all-inclusive, so if you have a resource you would like to contribute, contact us at info@raineugene.org.

Business and Industry Associations

Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene
Brings together the arts and business communities to enrich the Eugene-Springfield area.

Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce
A RAIN Partner and local institution that brings local businesses together to form networks and pro-business initiatives.

Green Lane Sustainable Business Network
A membership organization providing education, resources, networking and marketing ideas for Lane County businesses committed to sustainable business practices.

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN)
Organization that educates, supports and advocated for Eugene’s entrepreneurial community to accelerate business growth and employment opportunities

Oregon Small Business Association
Promotes a positive business environment through education, research, lobbying and legal action on the federal, state, county and local level.

Silicon Shire
A community that offers technology businesses a supportive infrastructure to build and grow and that advocates for the technology and software industry in Eugene.

Springfield Chamber of Commerce
A local institution that supports and advocates for the Springfield business community.

Oregon Bioscience Association
Organization that represents Oregon bioscience companies.

Portland Business Alliance
A business advocacy group with over 1,600 member companies in the region.

Technology Association of Oregon
Drives economic development for the region’s technology sector by promoting, connecting and advocating for software or technology related companies.

Co-working Spaces

Code Chops
A co-working space place where micro & small businesses, entrepreneurs, and StartUps can run and grow their companies.

Eugene Mindworks
A place for entrepreneurs, startups and the self-employed to collaborate, innovate and grow.

Fertilab Thinkubator
A space for co-working and business incubation alongside mentors and educational programming.

Hatch@Sprout Incubator
Kitchen space with a 3000 sq ft facility that is an optimal solution for businesses in need of additional production capacity.

Funding

Angel Conferences

Willamette Angel Conference
Spring conference that awards up to $200,000 to an early-stage startup company.

OEN’s Angel Oregon
Annual conference is held in April and includes a half-day event. Awards approximately $250,000 each year.

Bend Venture Conference
Annual conference held in October each year with an investment of $250,000.

Seattle Angel Conference
Annual conference held in November each year with an investment around $150,000.

Roseburg Angel Investor Network
The conference is held in the fall with an investment worth approximately $200,000.

Angel Groups

Oregon Angel Fund
Invests approximately $5 million per year into companies in Oregon and Washington. Investments range from $100,000 to almost $900,000.

Portland Seed Fund
Provides $25,000 in investments, mentors and peers to nurture companies. Companies that perform well in 90 days are given additional support.

Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network
The group holds their annual conference in April, with investments typically around $200,000.

Cascade Angels
Year-round fund that supports startups in central Oregon.

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)
Supports top-tier emerging companies with early stage investment and support.

Seed Funding

University of Oregon RAINMaker Seed Grants
Provides support to startups based at the University of Oregon.

Oregon State University Venture Fund
Provides capital to entrepreneurial programs at OSU.

Venture Capital

Voyager Capital
A west coast VC with most investments made in the IT industry.

Seven Peaks Ventures
West cost VC with a broad, non-specific industry focus.

Capybara Ventures
Invests in California (Silicon Valley) and Oregon companies.

DFJ Frontier
Part of the DFJ network. Focuses on early-stage startups on the west coast.

Pivotal Investments
Interested in green technologies and early stage Northwest companies.

Endeavor Capital
A west coast VC with focus in food, logistics, education, niche manufacturing, business services, and healthcare.

Equilibrium Capital
Focuses on sustainable technologies, including renewable energy and healthy water.

Ignition
A VC with an interest in early stage software startups.

Intel Capital
Provides a variety of capital funds centered on IT and computing technology.

Madrona Venture Group
VC with a focus on companies from the Northwest.

Northwest Technology Ventures
Portland-based, formation stage venture funds focused on technology research.

Micro Loans

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Community LendingWorks
Community LendingWorks is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)
that provides access to capital, and asset building services that help people work their way toward financial stability.
They consumer and small business loans with technical assistance to ensure our borrowers are successful.

Mercy Corps Northwest
Provides loans to small companies that range from $500 to $50,000.

Oregon Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund
Provides a maximum loan of $50,000 to startups with less than $500,000 in revenue.

Government Resources

Federal

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

State

Business Oregon
Economic development arm of the Oregon state government that is focused on growing startups from Oregen.

Oregon Business Express Startup Toolkit
Resource page of 6-steps for starting a business in Oregon.

State of Oregon Business Registry

This website will assist you with business registration with the State of Oregon.

Local

City of Eugene: Business and Economic Development
A local government entity that offers an array of business services, including government funding in support of development.

City of Springfield: Business Resources and Programs
A local government entity offering business services and other pro-business municipal services.

Lane Business Link
Connect your business with a vast array of resources our cities, county and state have to offer.

Lane Workforce Partnership
Partnership between local government entities, industry, and entrepreneurs to create job opportunities for the citizens of Lane County.

Incubators and Accelerators

RAIN Eugene Accelerator
Provides a free, 16-week program to prepare startups for investment and the challenges of the market.

Food Innovation Center at OSU
Focuses on taking Northwest food products to market.

Hatch@Sprout Incubator
Kitchen space with a 3000 sq ft facility that is an optimal solution for businesses in need of additional production capacity.

Portland State Business Accelerator
Provides educational programs for entrepreneurs as well as office space and mentors.

FoundersPad
Twelve week lean startup program in Bend that focuses on customer development and mentorship.

Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE)
Provides office space, mentoring, and access to branding services and connections.

Oregon Technology Business Center
Offers office space, mentoring, workshops and courses for entrepreneurs and startups.

Fertilab Thinkubator
Provides access to incubation and mentors alongside coworking space.

OTRADI Bioscience Incubator
Facilitates scientific collaboration and the commercialization of new bioscience discoveries.

TiE Oregon
Connecting Portland entrepreneurs to national and international partners through special events and guest speakers.

Gorge Innoventure
Eight week company boot camp, provides meeting space, education and networking activities, and access to expertise and capital.

Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator
Connects resources at Oregon State University with entrepreneurship resources in Corvallis in cooperation with RAIN Corvallis.

Sustainable Valley Technology Group
Medfored-based accelerator that specializes in early stage technology.

Laboratory Spaces

Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR)
A full service, comprehensive materials characterization center housed in the Lorry l. Lokey Laboratories at the University of Oregon.

Fertilab Thinkubator
Supports companies and individuals across a wide range of industries, with a particular interest in supporting the biotech community with lab facilities and equipment.

Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)
World-class industry, academic and federal research institution working with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to commercialize new products.

Research Park at the University of Oregon
Provides access to lab space adjacent to the University of Oregon campus.

Local Networking and Support

Bitforest
Community forum for game developers in Eugene

Code Chops (Meetup Group)
Organized around the Code Chops space, provides a forum for startup and tech conversations.

Eugene Startups (Meetup Group)
All-purpose meetup group for all things startup in Eugene.

Online Forums and Switchboards

Eugene Area Game Developers (Facebook Group)
The original home of the Bitforest community, and remains the best way to connect to the Eugene game development scene.

Eugene Tech Switchboard
Connect with the Eugene tech and startup community.

PDX Startups Switchboard
Connect with the Portland tech and startup community.

Oregon Signature Research Centers (SRC)

Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)
World-class industry, academic and federal research institution working with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to commercialize new products.

Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies (Oregon BEST)
Research center with the goal to facilitate the commercialization of sustainable energy solutions.

 

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