GO FROM IDEA TO REALITY

The Co-Lab helps companies and nonprofits grow by providing 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

Webinars

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

Webinars

Coaching and Workshops

Host your own workshops

Community Events

Conference Rooms

Flex

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, coaches, and entrepreneurs-in-residence

High Speed Internet

Mailroom

Bike Storage

Showers

Dedicated

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, coaches, and entrepreneurs-in-residence

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 - FOR NONPROFITS

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Pacific

Have you ever wondered what sources of funding are out there for your nonprofit or what you could be missing?  Through this online webinar, attendees will learn how to get funding to grow their nonprofit from a variety of funding sources.

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

  • What you’ll need to Fundraise
  • Common myths of Fundraising
  • Overlooked sources of Funding
  • Grant funding sources
  • Online fundraising
  • Offline fundraising
  • Days of Giving and Events
  • Corporate Sponsorship and In-Kind Opportunities
  • Sales of Products and Services
  • Partnership Opportunities

FREE WEBINAR

WORKSHOP: AUTOMATE YOUR LIFE - THE FUTURE OF NO CODE

Saturday, April 6, 2019

9 AM to 2 PM Pacific

In the past, only a very small group of software engineers  or webmasters  built things on the internet. These ambitious people spent months learning to code before publishing even the most basic website.

Now, anyone can code, build, and automate systems.  We’re seeing a wave of no code tools enter the market, and these tools are allowing us to automate tasks at our jobs, create businesses around software products with minimal effort, develop mobile and web apps, and automate our home lives as well.

Join us to learn how to automate your life through no code. 

In the first hour, we will learn about:

  • A bookings calendar to deal with meetings with Calendly or YouCanBook.me
  • Beautifully responsive site using Webflow
  • Ecommerce shop with Shopify or WordPress
  • Facebook Messenger bot for your shop powered by Octane AI
  • Web app using Bubble
  • Mobile app with Thunkable
  • Voice app using Voiceflow
  • Complex web app combining Zapier and Airtable
  • Simple single page website with Carrd
  • Paid newsletter with Substack
  • AR/VR/3D experience in your browser with Scapic
  • Online magazine hosted by Readymag
  • Turn a Google Sheet into a website with Sheet2Site
  • Internal dashboards and tools with Retool
  • Maker communities that you can access

Next, we will teach you where to find cheap or free software tools that can help you build what you want. (like Zeroqode, NoCode, and MakerPad and many, many others).

Lastly, we will do an idea sprint to build our own web apps at the session.

Attendees will receive an option to download the presentation and materials from this event.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet computer to the session. 

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE.

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 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)

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