Support for Startups

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:

Early-Stage Investments 
The Oregon BEST Early-Stage Investments program provides up to $250,000 to fund collaborative Research & Development projects conducted by a small company in partnership with a university researcher or lab. 

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence
Our seasoned entrepreneurial executives help small businesses and university researchers navigate the challenging path from lab prototype to commercialized product. They provide counsel on business strategy, business development, and raising capital.

Accelerator Program
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.

Cleantech 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.

SBIR/STTR Support Center
In addition to providing links to SBIR/STTR announcements, we also provide support services to help you prepare your grant proposal. 

Manufacturing Scale-Up Support
Does your cleantech company manufacture hard goods? Talk to us about engaging with our partners at OMEP to get consultation at any stage of a growing manufacturing enterprise – from design for efficient manufacturing, to designing your first production line, or planning for growth. 

Entrepreneurial Support Partners
Referrals from a trusted source save time, money, and headaches. Oregon BEST offers referrals to affiliated professionals and firms that provide a range of business services. 

Cleantech Market Research
Stay up to date with targeted market insights, funding news, and clean technology reports from around the world.

Student Researchers
Explore opportunities to work with students engaged in cleantech research.