Early-Stage Investments

"While the initial funding we received from Oregon BEST was critical, the overall contributions they have made to Inspired Light have gone far beyond that. The resources and support the entire staff has provided are exceptional, and have resulted in benefits far beyond my expectations." 

- FRANK CLOUTIER, CEO, INSPIRED LIGHT                      

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. 


Oregon BEST provides support at critical junctures in the product development process.


Read about previous Early-Stage Investment recipients: 
Oregon BEST Companies

Please contact Ken Vaughn, Director of Commercialization Programs at Oregon BEST, for additional information about investment programs, guidelines, cut-off dates, and eligibility requirements.

To receive notification about other funding opportunities, sign up for the Oregon BEST "Keep Me Informed" mailing list. If you are a university researcher, start by joining Oregon BEST's Member Faculty.

Early-stage investments are subject to recommendation by Oregon BEST's Commercialization Advisory Board, and subsequent approval by Oregon BEST's Board of Directors