New Ventures and Startups
With a strong record of spinout generation, TTS helps UO’s research enterprise connect to award-winning new ventures that contribute to the economic vitality of Oregon, the United States, and global society.
There are a number of resources available to support new companies at all stages of growth.
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at UO is designed to aid in the creation and development of successful university-related start-up companies.
Proof-of-concept and translational research grants are available to support research with a strong potential to develop into innovations which will benefit Oregon and the public.
Venture Launch Grants provide seed funding for UO spinouts that support regional economic development and job creation.
IEP Grants are funded by the University Venture Development Fund (UOVDF).
The Technology Entrepreneurship Program is a year-long program in which business, law and science graduate students work together to evaluate new technologies for commercial potential and develop business plans around them. The VLP has led to the creation of several successful companies since its inception in 2003.
The Center for Law and Entrepreneurship's Small Business Clinic offers free legal services for small business owners in Oregon.
The Riverfront Research Park provides space to startup companies working at the cutting edge of their fields. Many of these companies are able to work closely with UO's research labs in partnerships that encourage further research and discoveries.
Lane Community College has a Business Development Center, one of 19 such centers throughout Oregon, and 1100 nationwide, with courses that range from one-day workshops to online and ongoing classes each term. Training includes topics designed to increase profitability and sustainability, and provides opportunities to network with other business owners.
The Oregon Bioscience Association (OBA) supports Oregon’s bioscience and biotechnology industry, providing education, networking and workforce development opportunities for companies working in the life sciences.
The Software Association of Oregon (SAO) supports technology companies in Oregon. Members receive access to educational professional development, networking opportunities, and workforce development.
The Willamette Angel Conference is an annual investor conference where Willamette Valley entrepreneurs and startups connect with angel and venture investors, and present business plans to vie for investments.