At Oregon Health & Science University, healthcare tech is a priority

By | June 8th, 2017|*Fund Types, Oregon, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|

Oregon Health & Science University’s Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute Biomedical Innovation Program (BIP) , in coordination with the Department of Technology Transfer & Business Development (TTBD),  takes an integrated approach to identifying, supporting, and accelerating the commercialization of new healthcare technologies. (For more on how OHSU commercializes technology…)

The BIP/TTBD facilitates commercialization through direct […]

Oregon BEST, OSU Ventures back eChemion for Technology that Triples Battery Life

By | September 8th, 2016|Accelerator/incubator, Oregon|

Oregon BEST has awarded follow-on funding to an Oregon startup and Oregon State University spinout that has developed a new clean technology that triples the life of redox flow batteries used for renewable energy storage.

The company, eChemion, has a chemical treatment technology that solves a major issue with flow batteries: degradation over time of the […]

U Oregon tech startup firm plans to grow with $1 million infusion

By | June 21st, 2016|New Investments/Awards, Oregon, Venture Capital|

A Eugene startup that has invented technology used in drug discovery and environmental testing recently raised $1 million in an investment round to help support its growth.

NemaMetrix, a spin-out of University of Oregon research, has developed a portable device that can be used to quickly test the effects of drugs or environmental toxins […]

9 companies join Portland Seed Fund portfolio 

By | June 21st, 2016|New Investments/Awards, Oregon, State or Government|

The eighth class of the Portland Seed Fund will take the stage Wednesday afternoon before 100 investors in downtown Portland, completing the latest cycle of the accelerator.

This class of companies ranges from health care technology to food to sharing platforms. There are also three startups outside of the fund’s traditional Portland […]

Rogue launches new venture fund with Oregon State

By | March 11th, 2016|Oregon, Uncategorized|

Portland investment firm Rogue Venture Partners is launching a new startup fund with Oregon State University.

Rogue has already raised $4 million for the current fund and hopes to raise between $10 million and $20 million by the end of that, according to Tom Sperry, the firm’s managing director. He said Oregon State has committed to […]

A new Oregon-based seed fund to help startups is in the works

By | August 19th, 2015|Accelerator/incubator, Oregon|

The Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) is partnering with Portland entrepreneur and investor Nitin Rai on a new regional seed fund in an effort to close the funding gap for startups around the state.

Rai will oversee what will be a regional early-stage fund. While the fund will likely be larger, between $2 million […]

Oregon BEST Funds New Polymer Aimed at Ag’s Water Woes

By | July 2nd, 2015|Oregon, State or Government|

As the California drought drags on and moves north in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon BEST is helping fund research for a Portland startup that has developed a biodegradable superabsorbent polymer (SAP) for agricultural applications that can soak up 300 times its weight in water, then release the moisture back into the soil near plant roots […]

Oregon State University business accelerator graduates five more startups with access to seed grants

By | June 24th, 2015|Accelerator/incubator, Oregon|

A Corvallis business accelerator has graduated its third group of business startups and is taking applications for the next class.

The Advantage Accelerator at Oregon State University is part of the Regional Acceleration and Innovation Network, or RAIN.

RAIN, which also includes a business accelerator in Eugene, is intended to help promising companies get off the ground […]

University of Oregon spinoff companies receive state innovation grants

By | April 27th, 2015|Oregon|

Two companies spun out of research conducted at the University of Oregon are among five Oregon startups that will share $300,000 in state innovation grants for small businesses.

The companies — SupraSensor Technologies and NemaMetrix — will receive a combined total of more than $110,000 from Business Oregon, the state’s economic development office, to help prepare […]

Meet the 10 startup grads from the Portland Seed Fund

By | April 21st, 2015|Oregon|

A new crop of startups from across Oregon graduated today from the Portland Seed Fund.

The companies just completed a 3-month bootcamp as part of the fund, which has now graduated six classes and 56 companies in its four years of existence.

Many of the startups raised separate investment rounds while in the program, including Bigleaf Networks, […]