GO FROM IDEA TO REALITY

The Co-Lab helps new companies and nonprofits create sustainable organizations with customized programs for what they need most, when they need it most.

WE WORK WITH STARTUPS, NONPROFITS, AND SMALL BUSINESSES.

OUR SERVICES

Funding & Event Notifications

We send monthly emails to let you know about funding opportunities for your organization.

Virtual Incubator

Through our online learning system, we provide access to templates, tools, and resources.

Desk and Conference Space

Our members get access to our incubator space at OSU-Cascades that is located in the heart of Bend, Oregon.

Impact Workshops

Our members get access to powerful working sessions that give them the templates to get funding, launch a product, and grow their venture – not just talk about it.

Coaching and Mentorship

Our staff, mentors, and entrepreneurs in residence provide one-on-one advising to our members to help them find funding, create a sustainable business strategy, and launch their venture.

Student Consultancy

Our students perform market research, look up leads, and can even design mobile apps for clients.  Additionally our students build tools and templates to save organizations time and make it easier to launch.

GET SPACE AND RESOURCES

Get the resources, space, and help you need by selecting a membership below.

Free

Monthly Funding Opportunity Notification

Monthly Event Notification

Standard Workshops

Basic

  • If your business or nonprofit organization needs a place to meet clients, hold events, and host teleconferences, then our basic membership could be right for you.  With this membership you get access to the conference rooms and desks for up to 7 hours ever month.  Additionally, you can take part in the work sessions and access the online resources of the Co-Lab.

Monthly Funding Opportunity Notification

Monthly Event Notification

Standard Workshops

Impact Workshops

Community Events

Conference Rooms

Flex

Monthly Funding Opportunity Notification

Monthly Event Notification

Standard Workshops

Impact Workshops

Community Events

Conference Rooms

Flex/Hot Desks

One-to-one advising from Co-Lab staff

Coaching from mentors, coaches, and entrepreneurs-in-residence

Student Consultant Access

High Speed Internet

Mailroom

Bike Storage

Showers

Dedicated

Monthly Funding Opportunity Notification

Monthly Event Notification

Standard Workshops

Impact Workshops

Community Events

Conference Rooms

Dedicated Desk

One-to-one advising from Co-Lab staff

Coaching from mentors, coaches, and entrepreneurs-in-residence

Student Consultant Access

High Speed Internet

Mailroom

Bike Storage

Showers

BUILD YOUR VENTURE

We provide high impact workshops, webinars, and online materials to help you build an awesome organization.

WEBINAR: LEARN WHERE TO GET FUNDING

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Pacific

Attendees will learn where they can get funding.  This webinar will cover: 

  • How to overcome the “Valley of Death” and funding gaps
  • Grants 
  • Family, Friends, and Founders Funds
  • Crowdfunding through micro-equity, micro-debt, and pre-purchases (Kickstarter campaigns)
  • Seed Funding from Investors
  • Debt Financing for equipment, operations,
  • Angel and Venture Capital

Registrants will receive an option to download the presentation.

FREE WEBINAR

WORKSHOP: TAKE ACTION TO GET FUNDING

Friday, February 15, 2019

9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific

Participants will walk out of this Impact Session with:

  • A Pitch Prep Handbook with sample templates
  • A draft of a one-page pitch that can be used for sales or fundraising
  • A draft of a 12 slide pitch deck
  • A list of sample questions and answers from potential investors, customers, or other funding sources
  • Their draft of answers to questions from investors
  • A list of funding sources in the Pacific Northwest
  • An action plan to pursue funding
  • A working knowledge of how to structure  your company for funding
  • A working knowledge of convertible note debt agreements, SAFEs, and other agreements
  • Examples, templates, and agreements
  • A list of online tools that can be used to make funding easy

Registrants will receive an option to download the presentations, templates, and other materials.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE TO OUR BASIC, FLEX, OR DEDICATED MEMBERS, BUT MAY BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY.

GET HELP

The Co-Lab provides one-to-one advising to help startups on their journey.  

Work with Students

The student consultancy program provides an opportunity to get career experience.  Student consultants do market research, generate leads, build mobile apps, and tackle a number of real-world tasks.  Through the student consultancy, the Co-Lab helps the innovators of today while training the innovators of tomorrow.

Work with Mentors

Our Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) have in-depth experience with building a product, selling it, and growing their company.  These EIRs come into the Co-Lab to advise, educate, and work with new entrepreneurs.  After you register for a basic, flex, or dedicated membership, office hours may be scheduled on the Membership Dashboard.

Work with Co-Lab Staff

With over 10 years of experience in startup acceleration, small business development, and technology transfer, our Executive Director is an expert at building initiatives that support innovators, entrepreneurs, funders, and their communities.  Co-Lab members can reserve time with the Executive Director to get help with building their products and services via the Membership Dashboard.

Our members raised $1.4M in 2019 to build their dreams.

Co-Lab and New Ventures in the Press

OSU-Cascades set to open Innovation Co-Lab (KTVZ, Feb. 8, 2018)

OSU-Cascades names Innovation Co-Lab director (KTVZ, Feb. 8, 2018)

OSU-Cascades to open incubator (Bulletin, Feb. 8, 2018)

OSU-Cascades names exec. director of Co-Lab (Cascade Business News, Feb. 8, 2018)

Business People on the Move: Krynicki (Bulletin, Feb. 16, 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 

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