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UO Innovation Initiative

Inspiring and supporting entrepreneurs across the University of Oregon.


Innovation Student Fellowship
Provost's Innovation Student Fellowship

Learn about the campus entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Fellowship Details

Provost’s Innovation Challenge

Through the Provost’s Innovation Challenge, UO students compete for a $10,000 prize pool to launch their venture.

Competition Details



Advancing UO’s impact

The University of Oregon has a rich legacy of innovation stretching back to the university’s founding in 1876 and the emergence of Nike in the 1960s. Today, research-based spinouts in fields ranging from education to materials science are bringing new solutions to our ever-changing world.

UO's Innovation Initiative fosters a community of partners and serves as a hub of resources and activities. The initiative bolsters research commercialization, enhances entrepreneurship in Oregon, and propels the work of UO students, faculty, and staff into the world.

Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is a $1-billion initiative to fast-track scientific discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and the world. The campus creates the intellectual infrastructure to establish Oregon as a center for both research and development, making Oregon a place where companies can start-up, grow, and stay.

Learn about Knight Campus

New Venture Champions
New Venture Champions 

Oregon’s New Venture Championship (NVC) is one of the world’s leading business competitions. Over six rounds and three days, student entrepreneurs work with elite judges and mentors to hone their ideas and pitches.

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In the U.S. for percentage of Oregon MBA alumni going on to start a company
(Bloomsberg Businessweek 2019)
$10 million
Amount in seed funding raised by UO startups in the past 5 years
Number of departments that have students pursuing the entrepreurship undergrad minor
worldwide ranking of MBA entrepreneurship programs among business schools (Poets & Quants)
ranking of MBA entrepreneurship programs among U.S. public business schools (Poets & QUants) 


Knight Campus 

Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship