GO FROM IDEA TO REALITY

The Innovation Co-Lab at OSU-Cascades gives you access to cutting-edge expertise, student teams, space, and corporate-level resources so that you can bring your idea to life, multiply your impact, and avoid costly mistakes.

WE WORK WITH STARTUPS, NONPROFITS, AND SMALL BUSINESSES.

UNIVERSITY-POWERED INNOVATION

Get Funding and Event Notifications

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

Learn Online

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

Get Desk and Conference Space

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

Join Impactful 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.

Get 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.

Work with Students

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.

  • If your business or nonprofit organization needs flex desk space as well as 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 co-lab flex desks, conference rooms.  Additionally, you can take part in the work sessions and access the online resources of the Co-Lab.

    The membership fee is $100/month. If you’d like to compare plans, please view our memberships.

Monthly Funding Opportunity Notification

Monthly Event Notification

Webinars

Monthly Funding Opportunity Notification

Monthly Event Notification

Webinars

Coaching and Workshops

Host your own workshops

Community Events

Conference Rooms

Flex/Hot Desks

Monthly Funding Opportunity Notification

Monthly Event Notification

Webinars

Coaching and Workshops

Host your own workshops

Community Events

Conference Rooms

Flex/Hot Desks

One-to-one advising from Co-Lab staff

Coaching from mentors

High Speed Internet

Mailroom

Bike Storage

Showers

Monthly Funding Opportunity Notification

Monthly Event Notification

Webinars

Coaching and Workshops

Host your own workshops

Community Events

Conference Rooms

Dedicated Desk

One-to-one advising from Co-Lab staff

Coaching from mentors

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.

  • Are you interested in seeing innovative students in Oregon launch new startups and businesses? Do you want to meet the future entrepreneurs in our community?

    Join OSU-Cascades on June 4, 2019 for the 2nd Annual PitchFest.  At the PitchFest, five student teams will pitch a product, service, app, or business idea.  Students will get a chance to win prizes, mentorship, and other resources to launch their company.

     

EVENT: PITCHFEST 2019

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

4:00 to 7:00 PM

Are you interested in seeing innovative students in Oregon launch new startups and businesses? Do you want to meet the future entrepreneurs in our community?

Join OSU-Cascades on June 4, 2019 for the 2nd Annual PitchFest.  At the PitchFest, five student teams will pitch a product, service, app, or business idea.  and get a chance to win prizes, mentorship, and other resources to launch their company.

OSU-ADVANTAGE ACCELERATOR - ITERATE PROGRAM

Tuesday, June 24, 2019 through July 15, 2019

5:00 to 7:00 PM

OSU Advantage is teaming up with the OSU-Cascades Co-Lab to offer a free accelerator course for startups in Bend, Oregon.  Iterate is a course that helps entrepreneurs determine whether there is a market for a product before the entrepreneur spends significant time, money, and resources. 

Startup teams will leave the course with the following:

  • A determination that they have achieved Problem/Solution Fit
  • A value proposition to test against customers
  • An understanding of the customer discovery process
  • Actual, real-world feedback from customers that can be used for building the right product and pitching to investors
  • Knowledge of their Total Available Market (TAM), Serviceable Available Market (SAM), and Initial Target Market (TM)
  • An understanding of the Business Model Canvas to start developing their business plan
  • Teams will leave the session ready to move forward with their idea

GET HELP

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

Work with Students

Our service-learning program provides OSU-Cascades students with an opportunity to get career experience.  These interns do market research, generate leads, create videos, build mobile apps, and tackle a number of real-world tasks.  Through this initiative, the Co-Lab helps the innovators of today while training the innovators of tomorrow.

Work with Mentors

Our Mentors-in-Residence (EIRs) have in-depth experience with building a product, selling it, and growing their company.  These subject matter experts come into the Co-Lab to advise, educate, and work with new entrepreneurs.  Mentors host office hours every month and hold workshops.

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 have raised $3.6M since March 2018 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) 

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)

GET STARTED AT THE CO-LAB