We are an incubator that helps nonprofits, startups, and existing companies grow.


The Co-Lab is made up of staff at OSU – Cascades, an army of interns, mentors, and over 70 entrepreneurs and nonprofit founders.  

  • Tech or Product Startup
  • Small Business
  • Nonprofit Org


We provide space, coaching, learning opportunities, and numerous other perks to make a difference in our community.


Get desk and event space for your startup or nonprofit.


Get one-on-one help that is targeted to your needs.


Learn online and on your schedule.


Get help with videography and recording.


Get an army of interns to help you.


Get free credits from Google, Microsoft, & AWS.


The Co-Lab’s companies and nonprofits have raised over $5 million and produced over 65 jobs since March 2018.


Co-Lab Incubator Seeks Startups + Kicking Off Funding Bootcamp (StartupBend, Mar. 7, 2018)

OSU Cascades Co-Lab to Host Funding Bootcamp (Press Release Mar. 21, 2018)

Bend, It’s not Just for Beer Anymore (Source Weekly, Mar. 28, 2018)

Co-Lab Launches Oregon Startup Checklist (Startup Bend, Apr. 12, 2018)

Co-Lab to host Customer Bootcamp (Eventbrite, Jun. 19, 2018)

Co-Lab to co-host IP for Startups with Holley Renker and Bend Tech (Eventbrite, Jun. 14, 2018)

OSU-Cascades Students Pitch at first-ever Innovation PitchFest (KTVZ, Jun. 5, 2018)

Entrepreneurs get a start in Central Oregon (Bend Bulletin, Jun. 9, 2018)

OSU-Cascades to Offer Workshops on Starting, Running a Non-Profit (Bend Bulletin, Jul. 22, 2018)

Rogue Approach, Raaft, and LaCuda advance to the semi-finals for BVC (EDCO, Sept. 17, 2018)

Raaft advances to the finals at BVC and LaCuda advances to BOW BreakOut (Startup Bend, Oct. 2, 2018)

Co-Lab companies take first and third at the BendTech Unconference.  (StartupBend, Oct. 16, 2018)

Women Entrepreneurs find Support in Bend (Bend Bulletin, Oct.25, 2018)

Lora DiCarlo Raises $1.1 M  (Portland Business Journal, Nov. 16, 2018)

ThinkWild breathes new life into Wildlife Rescue (Nov. 29, 2018)

Top OSU-Cascades Stories of the Year:  #1 = Innovation Co-Lab Launch

Lora DiCarlo ties for 1st at TIE Oregon’s Annual Pitch Competition (Portland Bus. Journal, Dec. 18, 2018)

Lora DiCarlo Develops Eight Patents in Partnership with OSU (Jan. 4, 2019)

Former Sisters restaurant owner creates e-book for entrepreneurs (Bend Bulletin, Jan. 7, 2019)

17 Companies Receive Business Oregon Grants (Including Co-Lab Members Rogue Approach and Lora DiCarlo) (Jan. 10, 2019)

Lora DiCarlo receives Innovation Award from CES…Kind of (VentureBeat, StartupBend, others) (Jan. 8-14, 2019) 

Oregon Universities deliver big benefits to their hometowns (Jan. 17, 2019)

Co-Lab and Community Updates (February 2019)

Co-Lab Funding, Launches, and Community Updates (April 2019)

OSU-President Discusses OSU-Cascades’ Successes, Funding Challenges (May, 7, 2019)

Lora DiCarlo Secures $2 million in Funding AND Gets Its CES Award Back…(StartupBend, May 8, 2019)

OSU-Cascades’ First Startup, Onboard Dynamics, Wins Successful Spinout Award (May 9, 2019)

Co-Lab Funding, Launches, and Community Updates (May 2019)

TribePilot raises money using a new model (Cascades Business News, June, 2019)

Lora DiCarlo raises money using Opportunity Zones (Portland Bus. Journal, June 2019)

Co-Lab Funding, Launch, Events, and Community Updates (June 2019)

Co-Lab Funding Opportunities, Intern Program Launch, 32+ Fall Events (August 2019)

Co-Lab Funding, Launch, Events, and Community Updates (November 2019)

Co-Lab Funding, Launch, Events, and Community Updates (January 2020)