Hello RAIN Stakeholders:
I hope you find the time to attend our region's premier angel investor event - The Willamette Angel Conference. It takes place on May 12th in Eugene (12:30-5pm). The day will be full of exciting pitches from Oregon startups, entrepreneurial and angel awards, and a dynamic female keynote speaker who recently sold a majority share of her Portland-based company for nearly $40M. The day will end with a high-energy reception attracting nearly 400 business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs. Since you're a friend of mine - you can use this special PROMO CODE to save $20: WAC_Promo16 Register now to show your support!
Message from Oregon RAIN's Executive Director: Jim Coonan
Hello RAIN Stakeholders:
There has been a lot of activity across the RAIN region from preparations for moving into the permanent home for RAIN Eugene, to launching of new programs in Corvallis, to outreach efforts in Newport, Florence, Albany and Springfield. We also have begun discussions with Business Oregon on how RAIN should fit into the state’s economic development plans in the next biennium. We believe entrepreneurial efforts is an important third leg of the economic development stool, along with opportunistic recruitment and retention. We further believe in the state playing a key role in supporting entrepreneurs through entities like RAIN to help build a sustainable and innovative economy in Oregon.
We additionally need our local communities need to pitch in and help as well - and they have - by matching every $1.00 from the state with $1.40 from the region with big contributions from both OSU and UO, counties, cities, foundations, private sector companies, and like minded business organizations. One such example is how we now have fully funded our Venture Catalyst position (Caroline Cummings) for the current biennium with support from Business Oregon, Lane County, Benton County, Linn County, City of Eugene, Oregon Community Foundation, Palo Alto Software, Vox Communications, and Concentric Sky. I call that regional support! Thanks to everyone who supports RAIN both with dollars and collaboration!
Success Stories + Additional News
- RAIN Corvallis Entrepreneurial Success: Curriculum Projects is on a winning streak...
- RAIN Eugene Start-up Achievements: Swallowtail Spirits pivots and iterates...
- Three new programs at the OSU Advantage Accelerator
- 'Open Call for Companies' at RAIN Eugene
- Rural Outreach: RAIN has been partnering with rural communities to id startup traction in their area
- RAIN in the news...