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Microsoft backs Seattle-Vancouver high-speed rail study as Cascadia conference aims to deepen ties between regions

Credit: Geekwire, Nat Levy Pacific Northwest business and political leaders on both sides of the Canadian border announced today a series of agreements to strengthen relationships between Seattle, Portland, Vancouver B.C. and the surrounding areas. The new partnerships, made ahead of the second Cascadia Innovation Corridor conference in Seattle this week, focus […]

Beaverton, Oregon incubator has far reach

Credit: Pamplin Media Group, Beaverton Valley Times, Mandy Feder-Sawyer Interest about a Beaverton program was recently noted by a group from the Middle-East that would like to use the program as a model. The Oregon Technology Business Center Virtual Incubation Program, supported by the city of Beaverton, welcomed a delegation […]

OSU Advantage Accelerator gears up for next cohort, welcomes five new advisory board members

Credit: OSU Advantage Accelerator Contact: Karl Mundorff, Karl.Mundorff@oregonstate.edu The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator seeks creators of new business concepts to be part of their fall cohort in the Iterate program, where startup experts help budding entrepreneurs evaluate and refine their ideas. The Iterate application period coincides with the Accelerator’s naming five new members to its strategic […]

Workshop: Pacific Northwest Startup Ecosystems

Pacific Northwest Startup Ecosystems Learn about Pacific Northwest startup ecosystems – ecosystems we will cover include Eugene, Bend, Portland, Vancouver, Victoria and Anchorage. Topics include: • Startup and technology initiatives as economic development strategies. • Regional funding sources for startups raising capital. • Ecosystem resources including co-working spaces, incubators/accelerators and […]

Why Vancouver Is Becoming North America’s Next Big Tech Scene

Credit: Fortune.com, Clay Dillow Christy Clark was kind enough not to mention the U.S. or its new President by name—at least not at first. But with talk of “Muslim bans” and H-1B visa restrictions swirling, the British Columbia Premier’s message to companies both Canadian and American was unmistakable: If the U.S. won’t […]

Introducing the 2017 UW Jones + Foster Accelerator Cohort

Credit: UW, Charles Trillingham The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship accepted nine student-created teams into the 2017 cohort of the Jones + Foster Accelerator (J+FA). These new entrepreneurs will work under the mentorship of top Seattle entrepreneurs and investors for the next six months to become early-stage startups. Those who meet […]

Tacoma doesn’t need PhDs to see a Tech Boom.

If you’re follow the ‘Cascadia’ discussion, you certainly know that Tacoma is being left out: https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2016/09/20/idea-whose-time-come-new-cascadia-innovation-corridor-connecting-vancouver-seattle/ What stands out to me if that Tacoma is just a 30 minute drive from Seattle, give or take traffic conditions.  The city is wedged between two, rather strong startup and tech ecosystems, in Portland […]

Seven startup firms begin business accelerator training in Eugene

Credit: Register Guard, Micah Elconin Seven startup firms are participating in the latest 16-week business instruction program by the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN. RAIN Eugene, the state- and regionally funded entrepreneurial ­support organization, also announced it has hired a part-time consultant to work in Lane County cities. […]

Coastal Entrepreneurs Get Help From Oregon RAIN

Credit: KLCC, Rachael McDonald. Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, helps connect entrepreneurs with resources to get their business ideas to reality. The non-profit works in Lane, Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties. Next week, a group of start-ups on the Central Coast will graduate from RAIN’s pre-accelerator program. […]

Seattle startup founder sought a business partner, got a women’s alliance instead

Credit: Seattle Times, Rachel Lerman. The Seattle Female Founders Alliance, set up by the founder of toy company Venture Kits, has become an online and in-person forum for women who have launched startups. Acting on instinct, the Seattle entrepreneur sat down at her computer that day in January and somewhat […]