Startup Support

Resources and Expertise for Entrepreneurs

We understand entrepreneurs and startups. We know that creating a market-ready product and a viable business takes more than funding. That’s why Oregon BEST offers a suite of resources — from research expertise to management consulting — to help startups succeed. Learn more about what we offer:


Mentorship
Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and a network of volunteer mentors draw on years of experience to provide consultation on business strategy, business development, and raising capital. Our seasoned entrepreneurial executives help small businesses and university researchers navigate the challenging path from lab prototype to commercialized product. 
Entrepreneurs-in-Residence 


Interns

Explore opportunities to work with students engaged in cleantech research. Student intern projects can address business or technical issues to take your startup to the next level.
Student Interns for Startups


Showcasing

In addition to facilitating direct connections between entrepreneurs and investors, we encourage visibility to the investor community by flagging key opportunities to apply for competitions, pitching events, and showcases. Oregon BEST Companies are eligible for financial support toward showcasing at national and international conferences.


Connections to Investors

Oregon BEST has longstanding relationships with angel, strategic, and venture cleantech investors. We're continuously expanding our network and introducing new investors to Oregon’s burgeoning cleantech industry. We also match entrepreneurs with investor-readiness training and pitch clinics.
Cleantech Investors 


Acceleration

Get ready for growth. The Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator is a 12-week in-depth training program for cleantech entrepreneurs. The accelerator’s focus is on preparing your business plan, financial model, and the rest of the fundamentals needed for a solid pitch-deck that clearly lays out your value proposition. Cascadia CleanTech is a regional partnership powered by Oregon BEST and the CleanTech Alliance of Washington.
Accelerator Program
 

Manufacturing

Does your cleantech company manufacture hard goods? Get help when designing for efficient manufacturing, designing your first production line, or planning for growth. Talk to us about engaging with our partners at the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) to get consultation at any stage of a growing manufacturing enterprise. 
Manufacturing Scale-Up


Public Relations Assistance

How is your work perceived by the public? We can help you interface with the media, promote eligible projects, and shape public perception from the start. 

Get Started

To learn more about our suite of support services, contact Johanna Brickman:

Johanna Brickman

Director of Collaborative Innovation, Oregon BEST 
Email: jo.brickman(at)oregonbest.org
Phone: 503-313-4507

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