Through our work with local partners, we grow new innovation while growing the innovators of tomorrow.
WE PAIR STUDENTS & COMMUNITY PROJECTS.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
1. Our industry ‘Co-Lab-orators’ suggest student projects.
Creating Resources for Startups
As part of Professor Kim Vierra’s project management class, OSU-Cascades’ students created the Oregon Startup Checklist – a “centralized, online resource that helps entrepreneurs find help, funding, and tools. Unlike traditional business books that can be hundreds of pages long, this document is an intense, 20+ page look at what it takes to start and grow a business.
Building a Mobile App
OSU-Cascades natural resources, biology and computer science faculty members Ann Petersen and Yong Bakos worked with OSU-Cascades students to develop the Ecotone app.
The App is a learning tool that helps students, staff and visitors easily identify the exclusively native tree and plant species growing across the OSU-Cascades campus.
Creating Impactful Software
OSU-Cascades computer science students participated in a hackathon event in January to help the nonprofit Guardian Group counter online sex trafficking.
The Guardian Group searches websites like Craiglist or Backpage looking for ads or information. The students helped streamline the online research process so members of the Guardian Group could find information faster. The information is reported to law enforcement.
Creating Online Seminars
Starting in Spring of 2019, OSU-Cascades Co-Lab interns will be converting the Funding Bootcamp into an online course so that communities beyond Bend and Central Oregon can access the material.
2. Students get supplemental help.
Co-Lab Space and Support
OSU-Cascades Students use the OSU-Cascades Co-Lab as a base of operations for their work. While they work primarily with the Executive Director, they get access to a diverse network of coaches, professionals and entrepreneurs. Further, they get access to Co-Lab professional and networking events to build their skills.
OSU-Cascades supports student, faculty, staff, and community-based entrepreneurs. Our program aims to catalyze the entrepreneurial success of founders by connecting them with mentors who provide regular, ongoing support. This dedicated mentorship is paired with an optional online Co-Lab seminar, which is designed to challenge, monitor, and advance the venture development process.
Impact Workshops – The Co-Lab hosts targeted workshops to help entrepreneurs and innovators design a product, launch it, and make it a reality. Workshops cover funding, prototyping, startup mechanics, building a team, marketing, and more.
Design Sprints – Companies like Google Ventures, Nest, Flatiron Health, and Medium use sprints to help them enter new markets, design new products, develop new features for millions of users, define marketing strategies, and much more. We’re adopting the model to help companies, nonprofits, and governments here in Bend for transportation planning, product design, and more.
3. Students share their findings.
The Cascades Research & Scholarship Symposium is an annual showcase of undergraduate projects and research. The work is presented as posters or lightning talks during a two-hour symposium.
Students present their findings at a variety of open and closed meetings, workshops, and other events to get feedback and improve their work.
Students can use the Co-Lab learning platform or other platforms to share their work and increase its impact. This includes the blog, social media platforms, the online tools, and more.
The Innovation PitchFest is an event where OSU-Cascades students can pitch their new products, services, and research and is offered in June of each year.
LET'S WORK TOGETHER.
Work with us to grow local innovation while growing the innovators of tomorrow.
Our “Co-Lab-orators” sponsor student projects and:
- suggest projects for classwork, student activities, or student work at the Co-Lab.
- solve problems with help from OSU-Cascades faculty, the Co-Lab, and students,
- mentor students and help them create new products,
- access resumes and interview students for internships, and
- get the opportunity to serve on the Co-Lab advisory board,
- get recognition for their contributions at Co-Lab events, on the website, and on the individual online tools that they sponsor.
- get access to workshops, networking events, and seminars.
- get access to the Co-Lab space
What's the Catch?
We bring our students on as student workers, and we pay our students for this work.
The cost is $15 an hour, and OSU passes almost all of that onto our students.
Depending on the project, sponsors have the option of (1) making a charitable, tax-deductible donation or (2) paying OSU for services and potentially taking a business tax deduction.
(1) Charitable donations may be made when the project benefits a third party or a class of citizens.
- Example: An individual wants to donate money for students to create a Nonprofit Startup Checklist.
- Example: A company wants to donate money to hold a Hackathon to build an app that addresses a greater societal issue, like increasing voter participation.
(2) A fee for service may be charged when the project benefits an individual or company directly as a result of the work.
- Example: A startup entrepreneur wants students to build a marketing plan.
- Example: A company wants students to build a mobile app for their company.
- Example: A nonprofit wants to pay students to help them with an outreach campaign.
Students who are enrolled at OSU-Cascades have the opportunity to learn more about innovation, entrepreneurship, business, and prototyping. Additionally, they build job skills, make career connections, and attend fun events in the community.
If you are an enrolled student and have questions, please contact us.