Accelerators

OSU Advantage Accelerator-RAIN Corvallis

Oregon State University understands that not all research and technology can be commercialized during an accelerated three-month program. Therefore, we have created a unique hybrid accelerator incubator program specifically geared to each client’s needs.

The OSU Advantage Accelerator (OSUAA) operates an accelerator incubator for startup and early stage organizations. Accelerators and incubators provide important support services to entrepreneurs at critical points in emerging ventures development. Typically, business accelerators provide a dynamic three-month intensive program while incubators tend to be facility-based and offer specific, immersive programming components.

Through the OSUAA, each company has the opportunity to accelerate their success based on individual needs. The goal of the OSUAA Program is to assist in the development of new technology businesses through steady, controlled growth and the creation of local and regional jobs. Through individualized guidance each company will focus on specific milestones and achieve intended long-term goals with greater success.

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Leadership

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Mark Lieberman: Chief Startup Officer at Oregon State University and Co-Director of the OSU Advantage Accelerator @ RAIN Corvallis. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County (BTC), one of the largest technology incubators in the U.S.

Contact Information: mark.lieberman@oregonstate.edu

RAIN Eugene Accelerator

RAIN Eugene connects the local innovation ecosystem around the University of Oregon and the cities of Eugene and Springfield with the entrepreneurial community to create high impact, innovative, traded-sector companies that can grow and thrive in our community. RAIN Eugene is managed as a virtual nonprofit by the University of Oregon, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Eugene.

The RAIN Eugene Accelerator is a twice-yearly 12-week program offering intense training and mentoring to early growth-stage companies in and around Eugene, Oregon and the RAIN Eugene Innovation Network, a growing coalition of partners and affiliates willing to realize the vision of innovation-based economic growth through the application of real action and resources to support entrepreneurs in the region.

The Eugene Accelerator is currently housed in the Eugene Chamber of Commerce and run under the direction of its Chief Start-up Officer, Joe Maruschak.  Information and applications can be found at http://raineugene.org/accelerator.

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Leadership

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Joe Maruschak: Chief Startup Officer and Director of the RAIN Eugene Accelerator. Joe is a strategist and serial entrepreneur who co-founded his first video gaming company, BraveTree, in 2001. Joe is a mentor at PIEPDX and is a founder of the FertiLab Thinkubator.

Contact information: joe@raineugene.org