Resources for Graduate Students

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The following is an ever-growing collection of resources for University of Oregon graduate students interested in networking, innovation, or startups in the Eugene-Springfield area.

Classes and Academic Programs

FIN 671 (Corporate Finance and Valuation)

Application of financial principles to problems of valuation, capital budgeting, and financial policy. Provides practical application experience in real options valuation and other valuation techniques.

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Mgmt 607 (Entrepreneurship Seminar)

Weekly forum for entrepreneurially inclined students to discuss current events and facets of entrepreneurship; guest speakers and field trips to business plan competitions or angel investing events are also built into the curriculum.

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Mgmt 609 (Venture Startup I & II)

Continuation of the New Venture Planning experience, preparation for business plan competitions.

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Mgmt 610 (Technology and Innovation)

Students will explore the dynamics of technological innovation, technology strategy formulation, and strategy implementation.

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Mgmt 625 (New Venture Planning)

Students identify and research a business opportunity; develop and present a professional start-up business plan that includes market, competitor, cash flow, and financial analyses.

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Mgmt 635 (Opportunity Recognition)

Introduces the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, providing the tools necessary to successfully identify a true opportunity and to start and develop a new organization.

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Mktg 610 (New Product Development)

Students will gain knowledge and experience of the process of identifying issues relating to the challenges of product planning, strategy and implementation. The course will expose students to actual business situations relating to brand and product management.

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Oregon MBA – Entrepreneurship Concentration

The Oregon MBA is built around four Centers of Excellence, including the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship. MBA students in the entrepreneurship concentration form a powerful cohort and pursue a tailored program that enables them to identify and execute upon new opportunities.

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PPPM 610 (Social Enterprise)

This course introduces students to the emerging field of social enterprise and hybrid organizations. The course balances U.S. domestic and global examples of social enterprise to address a wide range of social and environmental issues. We focus on (and critically examine) the work of social enterprise practitioners, as well as the many organizations that support them over the course of their development. During the first half of the term, each week we discuss a different concept related to social enterprise and its surrounding ecosystem. During the second half of the term, we focus on three important elements of the social enterprise field: monitoring and evaluation; taking the enterprise to scale, and learning from failure.

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Sports Product Management Program

Master of Science in Sports Product Management in Portland, Oregon.

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Community Networking

Art Walk

Fertilab Startup Center hosts Art Walk, where participants enjoy art by two local artists, live music, free beer, wine, and snacks.

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Coffee Meetups

At the Eugene Startups meetups, after brief introductions, local entrepreneurs and interested others have the chance to enjoy networking with one another.

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Eugene-Springfield Women in Tech & Entrepreneurship Group

A group for women interested in coding, startups, and entrepreneurship in the Eugene-Springfield area.

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#EugeneTech Tuesdays at The Barn Light

A CodeChops-organized weekly networking event bringing the Eugene Tech Community together.

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Women in Business

WIB organizes various panels, skill-building workshops, professional speakers, site visits and social events geared toward women in business.

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Women’s Business Network

WBN is an alliance of local business and professional women who foster mutual success in the areas of profitability, leadership, and personal and professional growth through investment in networking, education and mutual support.

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Funding and Competitions

Cascadia Cleantech Prize

The Cascadia CleanTech Prize invites top cleantech startups to compete for prize packages totaling $10,000 in non-dilutive funding, in-kind services and exposure in front of top Pacific Northwest industry leaders and investors. The competition takes place during Oregon BEST FEST. Companies compete in three categories: Accelerator Stage, Launch Stage, and Growth Stage.

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Cleantech Challenge

The Cleantech Challenge is an exciting competition for campus cleantech innovators and entrepreneurs across the state. Undergraduates, graduates, postdocs and faculty from Oregon colleges and community colleges are invited to compete for $50,000 in grants and prizes.

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InnovateHER Competition

The InnovateHER Challenge is a national prize competition aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families through local business competitions that culminate in a live pitch Final Round.

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Lemelson-MIT Student Innovation Prize

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize honors promising collegiate inventors around the country. The student prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy; healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture, or consumer devices.

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Innovation Mini Grants

Innovation Mini Grants reduce barriers to accessing on campus resources for enterprising and innovating UO students. Currently the grants may be used for TSA machine shop training and pre-paid student hours in the craft center and machine shop. Grants for TSA training are for $200 and include complete training. This training is required for students to use the machine shop any time it is open. Student hours for the machine shop are $15p/h and for the craft center are $10p/h. Student can request hours based on their project.

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New Venture Championship

NVC is an annual international business competition that provides 16 teams with opportunities to present in front of esteemed judges during various rounds of competition.

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RAINmaker Fund

The RAINMaker Fund offers $5,000 grants to University of Oregon student-led ventures, enabling to work towards a key milestone and to connect with RAIN Eugene.

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Oregon Angel Fund

Oregon Angel Fund is a venture capital fund that brings together business and technology leaders for the benefit of local entrepreneurs. Each year, OAF invests $100,000 to $2 million each in about half-a-dozen highly-scalable businesses.

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Spark Grants

Spark Grants provide limited funding for students to quickly examine the feasibility of a potential idea by connecting with potential customers, developing a rough prototype, and/or digging deep into the competition.

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Student Sustainability Fund

The Student Sustainability Fund awards grants of $500 to $7,500 to student projects or events that focus on the pursuit of human equity, environmental vitality, and economic well-being.

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UO Foundation Seed Fund

The Seed Fund makes initial investments of $20,000-$75,000 in early-stage companies, with the ability to make follow-on investments depending on the success of the program, while providing experiential learning opportunities to Law and Finance students.

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Willamette Angel Conference

The Willamette Angel Conference, one of the largest angel groups in the state of Oregon, connects early-stage companies with the capital they need to grow.

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Incubators and Accelerators

FertiLab Thinkubator

FertiLab Thinkubator empowers entrepreneurs by providing business incubation space alongside membership and educational programming.

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Hatch@Sprout!

Hatch’s business development program equips entrepreneurs with the financial resources and skills necessary to achieve long-term economic stability. The Hatch program is integrated with other NEDCO services to  produce long-term success for Lane County’s dynamic general and food industry businesses.

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Huerto de la Familia

Huerto de la Familia assists Latinos to launch or expand good farm and food business ideas with trainings, connections to community resources, and developing a culture of entrepreneurship. The program will consist of two major modules: training and business counseling.

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ID8 Pre-Accelerator Program

ID8 is a five-week pre-accelerator for startups. ID8 helps new companies get into top accelerators and attract seed funding opportunities.

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Oregon Incubator Program

The Oregon Incubator Program is run by the UO Duck Store. It provides entrepreneurs with the resources to bring an idea from concept to reality. The Duck Store hosts training courses focusing on topics ranging from collegiate licensing to pricing strategy. Following the completion of the program, The Duck Store purchases the participants’ products to be sold at Duck Store locations throughout Oregon and online at UODuckStore.com.

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OTRADI Bioscience Incubator

The OTRADI Bioscience Incubator is Oregon’s first and only bioscience-specific accelerator. The OBI provides scientists and young companies with the resources and expertise needed to take their research from the lab to the market.

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RAIN Eugene Accelerator

The RAIN accelerator is a sixteen-week program that focuses on developing the three most important components of a successful company: the people, the product and the plan.

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Institutes and Centers

Innovate Collaborate Oregon

ICO allows Oregon universities to collaborate with entrepreneurs, companies and the business community to ensure that ideas generated by faculty, students and staff reach the private sector to create products and services to benefit the global community.

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Institute of Molecular Biology

IMB is a thriving research institute that is a highly collaborative, integrated group where physicists, chemists and biologists who work together to dissect the molecular underpinnings of living organisms.

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Materials Science Institute

The purpose of the Materials Science Institute is to study the structure and properties of materials, to educate in the sciences of materials, and to serve Oregon as a resource in these sciences.

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Tyler Invention Greenhouse

The Tyler Invention Greenhouse focuses on green, or sustainable, chemistry and the creation of environmentally sensitive goods and services.

Internships and Fellowships

Julie and Rocky Dixon Graduate Student Innovation Award

This fellowship is designed to support up to four doctoral students who are interested in pursuing innovative experiences that will prepare them for careers outside of academia in areas including but not limited to industry, business, and the non-profit and government sectors.

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University Innovation Fellows

University Innovation Fellows are select UO students with a passion to engage in entrepreneurship and to serve as change agents on campus. The UIF program is run in collaboration with VentureWell and Stanford University, with support from the National Science Foundation. Selected fellows participate in online trainings and meetups, and attend annual gatherings in Silicon Valley and at the VentureWell conference.

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Legal Assistance

Business Law Clinic

The Business Law Clinic provides free legal services to Oregon business owners–clients pay only filing fees and out-of-pocket costs.

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Mentors and Consulting

Lane Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center is your support team for your business, offering a wide range of services and training for owners and employees.

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ONAMI

The Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute is where academia, business and government come together to accelerate research and bring breakthrough ideas to market. ONAMI entrepreneurs-in-residence are available to provide advice to early-stage startups.

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Oregon BEST

Oregon BEST builds capability, convenes collaborations, and accelerates the solutions to environmental challenges that deliver prosperity in all corners of Oregon. BEST entrepreneurs-in-residence are available to provide advice to early-stage startups.

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OTRADI

The Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute translates scientific research developed in the state of Oregon’s research laboratories into commercial ventures, especially those related to medical discoveries.

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The Clinic

The Clinic offers 20-minute, fast-paced, focused, private 1-on-1 mentoring sessions that culminate in the mentor panel of startup experts providing a list of next steps (prescribed suggestions ranked in order of importance) for representatives of new ventures.

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Recurring Activities and Events

HackTown USA Coding Marathon

This is a University of Oregon Computer Science program-sponsored hackathon focused on APIs with the proceeds going to CoderDojo.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week

GEW is a series of events–panels, tours, speakers, workshops, etc.–hosted by many research centers and schools on the University of Oregon campus. The weeklong event focuses on multidisciplinary entrepreneurship and building cross-campus awareness and collaboration.

Mini Maker Faire

The Mini Maker-Faire is a tech-educational expo with product demos, presentations from makers, and co-working opportunities to create new products.

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QuackHack

A gaming hackathon presented by the University of Oregon.

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Smartups

Smartups is an entrepreneurial support organization in Eugene, Oregon. It connects entrepreneurs with resources that increase business performance and success in an environment for networking, business education, coaching, and product development.

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Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

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Space

CodeChops

CodeChops is a co-working space in downtown Eugene that also facilitates meetups and events for local entrepreneurs and those with interest in coding.

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Eugene Mindworks

Eugene Mindworks is a co-working space and business incubator.

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Eugene Saturday Market

Saturday Market is a Eugene institution that provides a venue for local entrepreneurs to showcase their handcrafted or homegrown, locally sourced or produced goods.

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Kitchen@Sprout!

Kitchen@Sprout! is a kitchen and restaurant incubation program. Through the Hatch Business Incubation program, it offers opportunities to qualified food business start-ups and existing food businesses that can benefit from access to a commercial kitchen, retail restaurant space, technical assistance and training, and business advising.

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Riverfront Research Park

University of Oregon operates the Riverfront Innovation Center to assist startups and spin-offs by providing research and lab space for emerging technology-based companies to develop their ideas and technologies.

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Speakers

Founders Fireside Chats

Through the Founders Fireside Chats, curious parties get unique insight from those who have been there and done that: successful entrepreneurs who share their struggles and their successes.

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Starting Off in a Startup

Learn from a panel of recent UO grads how they got started off in a startup company after graduation, and how one can find the job that Monster.com or LinkedIn won’t make available.

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Technology and the Arts Downtown talks

TAD Talks are a new event series that examine how technology and the arts encourage economic development and community engagement in the downtown Eugene area.

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Student Organizations

Design for America

Design for America is a nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams and community members using design to create local and social impact. The University of Oregon chapter focuses especially on Autism, Homelessness, and Alzheimer’s.

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designBridge

designBridge is a multi-disciplinary student organization linking the University of Oregon with the surrounding community by offering design and design-build services to communities and organizations that don’t have access or resources to acquire professional design services.

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Green Business Initiative Student Association

Dedicated to the intersection of law, business, and the environment. GBISA’s mission is to promote awareness of sustainable business practices and the legal framework and policies that support green business.

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Industrial Designers Society of America

IDSA is the voice of the industrial and product design profession, advancing the quality and positive impact of design.

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Innovation Journal Club

The Innovation Journal Club explores what makes a scientific innovation commercially viable and how to build a business around that idea.

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