Good news for entrepreneurs in the Southern Willamette Valley: the Cities of Corvallis and Eugene are teaming up to boost tech-based start-ups with the help of two Universities and the local business community. The Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN), is a network that will help match entrepreneurs to resources in the region. “Corvallis is a small city,” said OSU Advantage Accelerator Co-Director Mark Lieberman. “Fifty-five thousand people. Eugene: 155,000 people. And you can’t think about competing with some of the other large metropolitan areas, which have a wealth of human resources.” The OSU Advantage Accelerator helps entrepreneurs in the Corvallis area: community members or spin-offs from the University. “Entrepreneurs aren’t people who dream about doing great things,” Lieberman said. “They stay awake at night and do it.” But that does not mean they don’t need help taking those ideas to the market. “The research that is coming out of both universities and the commercialization efforts that have already started and will continue to grow – you could create something great,” he said.