Entrepreneurship & Innovation


  • Foster an inclusive culture of innovation by strengthening the start-up ecosystem.
  • Develop entrepreneurs and small businesses through networking, mentoring, professional development, and startup assistance programs.


  • Develop “go-to-market” programs for early-stage companies: a network of experienced industry partners within targeted sectors, that can vet new business opportunities, coach on business models, and support launches with local vendors.
  • Innovation “hub” at 942 Olive: a vibrant and collaborative space that serves as the “front door” for entrepreneurs.
  • Focus on supporting underserved populations by building partnerships with culturally specific organizations
  • Partner with the University of Oregon partnership to cultivate clear pathways for startups.