Community Resources

The links below provide information and access to a variety of resources designed to help launch a company based on university research.  These resources include educational events, conferences, space, advising, and networking opportunities.


Riverfront Research Park Research Innovation Center- recently updated to house the UO RAIN center that provides lab and office space as well as educational events.

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

School of Law Small Business Clinic – provides free legal services to Oregon business owners

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.

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.

UO Conflict of Interest Policies - Five questions that can help you determine if you need approval for outside activity or a management plan.


Oregon RAIN – a unique public/private partnership among the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, the regional business community, and the cities of the South Willamette Valley. Oregon RAIN is working to create a seamless innovation ecosystem for the Southern Willamette Valley and helps coordinate the actions of RAIN Eugene and RAIN Corvallis in realizing that vision. 

SmartUps - SmartUps is an entrepreneurial support organization in Eugene that connects entrepreneurs with resources that increase business performance and success.  

Eugene Chamber of Commerce – current home to RAIN Eugene offices and sponsor of many business educational events and programs.

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. 

FertiLab Thinkubator – provides training and space for new companies. 

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



Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) – supports startups through funding through the 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


Oregon’s Signature Resource Centers (SRCs):

Oregon’s Signature Research Centers provide translational funding, entrepreneurs in residence, educational programs, and networking opportunities.  Learn more about the SRCs at:

Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)

Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI)

Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST)



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



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



Udacity- How to build a Startup tutorial 

Steve Blank Startup Tools - Tools and blogs for enterpreneurs