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Entrepreneurship Resources

Another way we help our students develop and execute their ideas is by introducing them to and integrating them with a ready network. We created this list so our students can find resources that fit their specific interests and needs as their ideas develop. In many cases, we have contacts at these organizations and can provide introductions. 

Note: This curated list is designed as a convenient student resource. We do not represent it as complete and we are not promoting any product, person, service, ethic or opinion by listing them here.

Some links are career related. For a robust list of career sites, please visit the Career Center website, including this link for Helpful Career Resources.

Students: When any outside money involved is via a grant, please email Kelly DelFatti in the Sponsored Research Office.

We are continuously adding to this list. If you would like to suggest a link be added or amended, please email Chryshutchings@lclark.edu

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1. Competitions/Incubators/Accelerators

OEN

Global start up competition

Lemelson-MIT Prize

PSU’s Lab2Market competition

Portland Mini Maker Fair - venue for showing off your project

TiE XL Bootcamp

Starve Ups

Central Oregon - Venture Out Festival

Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator

TechStars Seattle (also come to Portland)

Portland Start Up Week

WeWork Creator Award

Ignite - 1 mic, 5 minutes, 300 peers

List of business incubators and accelerators in Portland by number of deals

Oregon Business Incubators and Accelerators

Y Combinator (tons of info)

IKEA Bootcamp

Chobani Incubator - Better food for more people

Collegiate Inventors Competition

Elemental Excelerator - Non-Profit Social Impact Accelerator

OTRADI (translating scientific research into commercial viability)  OBI - Oregon Biosciences Incubator

The Initiative (an accelerator/bootcamp/fund for female founded cannabis businesses

(Note that many funders and support groups provide funding, competitions, mentor programs, incubators, accelerators, training programs, etc. so look at the links below as well.)

 

2. Funding Sources/Angel Groups/Entrepreneurial Resources/Support

OEN

Portland Seed Fund

Portland IQ (fosters ideas, nurtures emerging companies, and creates shared economic prosperity)

Seven Peaks Ventures

PSU Business Outreach Program (with workshops)

Kauffman Foundation - entrepreneur support

Venture for America

Capital pathways for entrepreneurs in different sectors-good article

Comprehensive list of sources of capital in Oregon

State of Oregon’s list of financing and resources

Oregon BEST’s list of funding and resources

Overseas Private Investment Corp

PayPal, Square and Kabbage

One Million Cups-Portland - weekly community coffee to talk about startups

Founder University - two day curriculum for growth, fundraising and pitch strategies

Oen tradeshow

Watzek Guide to Entrepreneurial Resources

XXCELERATE Fund for Women

Oregon Venture Fund (formerly called Oregon Angel Fund)

Rogue Venture Partners

Willamette Angel Conference

Madrona Venture Group

Providence Ventures

SVB-Silicon Valley Bank

Bendventure

Tie-Oregon

Keiretsu Forum

Alliance of Angels

Ten X

Oregon RAIN

Patagonia-Tin Shed: Funding the Next Generation of Responsible Businesses

Patagonia Action Works-connecting environmentally responsible people with grantees

Social Capital - philanthropists, technologists and capitalists utilizing venture capital as a force to create value and change on a global scale

Red Bull Launch Institute

Scaling Pathways - resources to scale social impact

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding

Circle Up - Venture Capital for Consumer Brand Innovation

HP Tech Ventures

Business Xpress (State of Oregon) including Start Up Toolkit and Start a Business video series

Portland Apparel Lab (create prototypes, small runs)

Craft3 (loans for those without access to traditional financing)

Elevate Capital (venture capital for underserved communities)

Portland Business Alliance

Slavin Family Foundation (support, mentorship & scholarship to select students)

Food, beverage and related tech-focused funding (2017 food/bev start-up report) (angel investors):

3. Tools, Blogs, Podcasts, Resources and Classes for Entrepreneurs

Calagator - Portland’s Tech calendar

Portland Business Journal

Great resource for EShip tools/blogs

Free Udacity class: How to Build a Startup

2.5 day program for teaching Lean

Rubric for evaluating idea/opportunity-UMich

24 EShip podcasts

Which Start-Up To Work For

Pricing a product

Rick Turoczy’s blog-the pulse of Portland tech/creative community

Creative Mornings

Take a class from a master - $95. Masterclass.com

Social Impact Financing article

Samples of ideas for ventures

Sirius XM channel 111 - Wharton

Impact Entrepreneurs

Best HQ

Fertilab Thinkubator

KitchenCru

Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Starve Ups

OTBC

Newtech Pdx

Technology Association of Oregon TAO

SCORE-Portland

Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon

The Business Outreach Program at Portland State University

Small Business Administration - Portland

VentureWell’s E-Team

Oregon Community Foundation

Business Oregon

Lemelson Foundation

Northwest Health Foundation

Oregon Small Business Development Network

VentureWell

ASPIRE

E-Team Grants

Faculty Grants

Venturewell Open 2018 Conference

ISAM 2018 - International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces

Portland Business Alliance

The World Factbook—CIA’s site for history, people, gov’t, economy, community, transportation and transnational issues for 267 world entities

Quick entrepreneurship tips - Stanford

Longer Stanford eship, workplace friction and Innovation podcasts

VentureWell Innovator Insight Series

Donuts and tech talk in Portland

Unified Calendar of all tech events in Portland

Health Care Problem Solving WTF Conference (What’s the Fix?)

Portland StartUp Community Events

OEN Events

Portland Business Alliance Small Business Scholarship Program

Built Oregon, a not for profit organization supporting the OR consumer goods industry

Meet the Startup, a series of video interviews with local founders

Open Source Bridge an annual event for open source citizens

Oregon Story Board a not for profit dedicated to furthering digital storytelling in Oregon, which has now focused on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

PIE an ongoing experiment exploring the potential for mutually beneficial collaboration between the Portland startup community and more well-established entities like corporations, government, and educational institutions

PIE Cookbook an open source framework for creating a startup accelerator

Portland Startups Switchboard, a 4000+ members helping one another

Portland Startup Week

1776 Challenge Cup Portland showcases Portland’s startups on a global stage

Silicon Florist job board connecting awesome people with awesome companies

TechfestNW the premier tech and startup conference in Oregon

Business for a Better Portland

Design Week Portland

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

PDX Maker Week

Portland Lunch 2.0

Portland Startup Weekend

WordCamp Portland

CB Insights

L2

Fast Company 

Center for Humane Technology - realigning tech with humanity’s best interests

Life Cycle of Material

How to Create a Pitch Deck

Life-Cycle Assessment

Value Proposition Canvas (additional article)(YouTube)

Business Model Canvas (Strategyzer)(YouTube)

Patent Search

 

4. Training for Public Service/Community Impact

Social Venture Partners

Training by Portland Alliance for public service

Venture for America

Mercy Corps

Grantmakers - The Guidestar of Nonprofits

Building a Culture of Entrepreneurship in a Nonprofit Organization

Social Impact Careers

Apolitical—platform for innovation in the public sector

High Impact Job Board

Mary Meeker - Internet Trends Report

 

5. Networking, Gigs and Jobs (including skills workshops)

Lewis & Clark Career Center

Mac’s List (workshops and events too)

Pdx Mindshare (workshops and events too)

Tech job postings

Portland Start-Up Switchboard

How to research your next employer

Industry Specific Job Boards & Search Engines

Four questions you may be asked as an applicant

International focus-jobs as well as notices are in here-Globalpdx

Advice for International Students Seeking to Work in US.

Negotiating job pay/parameters-and negotiating in general

Best networking groups in Portland

App that helps you speak well, no ums

Why Networking is bad

 

6. Diversity

Oregon business assistant providers who seek to help underrepresented entrepreneurs:

Venture Funds that Invest in Women—including Portland’s WVCF

Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps NW

Portland Women in Tech - article

TechTown

ELI

Partners in Diversity (resources and jobs)

OAME - Oregon Assn of Minority Entrepreneurs

The Human Rights of Women Entrepreneurs—Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn

Female VC’s advice to women entrepreneurs

Fund/Accelerator for Women and/or POC B-Corps

Career advancement platform for Black, Latino/Hispanic and Native American students and professionals

Meyer Memorial Trust

List of black women in VC

List of black men in VC

PSU Center for Women’s Leadership

Backstage Capital

Emerge - training women to run for Democratic public office

Seven Ways to Reduce Bias in Hiring Process

Chasing Grace—Documentary about Portland women in tech

Most entrepreneurial women investors of 2018

Walker’s Legacy 

Inclusive Business Resource Network (Prosper Portland’s arm to leverage network for underrepresented)

Mercatuspdx (online directory for entrepreneurs of color)

Pitch Black

Backstage Capital supporting underrepresented founders

Purdue University Global (and contains links for funding, orgs and programs for women)

7. Articles/Sites of Interest

Liberal Arts Majors are the Future of the Tech Industry

Why Liberal Arts entrepreneurship classes differ from traditional business classes

Ten CEO’s and the value of their Liberal Arts degree

Liberal Arts + Entrepreneurship - Turning ambition into action

Innovation/Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts are both about good ideas

Adam Grant’s Corner Office page in NYT

Does your major matter or just your liberal arts education?

“It’s our choices that define us, not our gifts.” - article about Jeff Bezos

The value of failure - work not-to-lose, or play to win

How Start-Up CEO’s Spend Their Time

Seven Deadly Sins of Storytelling

Why entrepreneurship in college helps diversity + innovation

Start with Why - Simon Sinek

Go to a Liberal Arts College if You Want to Succeed

Articles one, two, and three about the issues with venture capital

When to Break Up with Your Venture

Decision-Making and Poker

Unwritten Rules of the Workplace

Top Career Podcasts

Be the Leader For Whom You Would Want to Work

Entrepreneurs and depression and/or anxiety 

The Algebra of Happiness

Don’t Follow Your Passions (and a second article)

How to Get the Most out of College

How Smart People Deal With Uncertainty

Humans Need Liberal Arts

Finding Your Passion: The Role of Fixed Versus Growth Mindset

Three Industries Primed for Disruption

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