Community Resources

The links below provide information and access to a variety of resources designed to help launch a company based on university research. 

UO:

Research Core Services – UO is home to unique equipment and services, ranging from the Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR) to the Center for Assessment, Statistics, and Evaluation (CASE) that are available as fee-for-service facilities and services to companies. For example: 

  • The UO's Genomics and Cell Characterization Core Facility (GC3F) supports scientific research at the University of Oregon by making a broad array of high end specialized instrumentation accessible to UO researchers for genomics and flow cytometry applications. They also offer in-house sequencing sample prep services, for both internal and external users.
  • The UOs Technical Services Administration designs and repairs scientific instruments.

Business School Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship – trains the next generation of entrepreneurs by combining a solid foundation of business theory with experiential learning.  These student can work with university startups to provide market analysis and business strategy support.

Oregon Consulting Group: A student-run consulting agency that offers research, analysis, insights, strategies and business plans at a fraction of the cost of a traditional consultancy.

The University of Oregon Innovation Network: Coordinates more than a dozen activities, including the Innovation & Entrepreneurship ClubTyler Invention Greenhouse, and the University Innovation Fellows program. 

UO Library Databases –   UO subscribes to numerous databases that are available to the UO community.  These databases include essential information about business, market, and grant funding data that can provide essential background material for your project.

Read this document for Conflict of Commitment/Interest Considerations. The two relevant UO conflict of interest policies are: Financial Conflict of Interest in Research Policy (II.06.01) and Conflict of Interest, Conflict of Commitment, and Outside Activities Policy Number: I.02.02

Eugene:

Eugene Chamber of Commerce 

Willamette Angel Conference – our regional angel network sponsors an annual conference that awards funding to startup companies and provides mentor support throughout the year.

Lane Small Business Development Center - offers a wide range of services and training in support of businesses, owners and employees. 

Code Chops – offers shared workspace and support for technology based companies.

Rain Eugene - Connects and supports the local innovation ecosystem around the University of Oregon, Springfield and Eugene. 

Portland:

Elevate Capital

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) – supports startups through funding through Angel Oregon along with mentor support and educational events

Oregon Angel Fund (OAF) – supports startups and early-stage companies in Oregon and Southwest Washington startups and early-stage companies in Oregon and Southwest Washington

Portland Seed Fund

Oregon:

ONAMI LogoOregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)
ONAMI is Oregon’s first Signature Research Center. A deep collaboration among Oregon universities, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, industry, and the investment community, ONAMI accelerates research and commercialization of materials science and related device and system technologies in Oregon.

OTRADI LogoOregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI)

Founded in 2007, OTRADI is a nonprofit Oregon Signature Research Center that facilitates scientific collaboration and the commercialization of new bioscience discoveries. OTRADI works with private and public entities to discover, develop, and commercialize pharmaceutical drugs, diagnostics, medical devices and products using its expertise and equipment. Some of its partners include bioscience companies, economic development organizations, and research universities.

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From VertueLab.org: "VertueLab serves as an intermediary between the investors and individuals wanting to take direct climate action and the innovators developing tomorrow’s climate solutions, today. We track, analyze, and communicate impact all along the way, building a community of people passionate about solving the climate crisis." To learn more about the application process, support programs, and current funding opportunities, VertueLabs provides resources on behalf of the State of Oregon through their SBIR/STTR support center.

Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) - provides mentorship, trainings, and space for startups

Oregon Startups - a list of organizations, market support, and other resources for Oregon startup companies

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network - a community of investors, mentors, and entrepreneurs

Oregon Rain - Supports rural entrepreneurs

National:

Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) - Funding information 

Startup Weekend - weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable

Online:

Udacity- How to build a Startup tutorial 

Steve Blank Startup Tools - Tools and blogs for enterpreneurs