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InventOR RFP is now open to higher education institutions all over the state to become InventOR campuses. In order to qualify as an InventOR campus, institutions must have high-level institutional support, an identified project lead, access to on-site or nearby prototyping equipment, and have identified areas of applied research or special interest.

Phase One of the InventOR program is this call for Proposals to award grants to selected institutions that may cover:

1) Curriculum/lecture time that directly relates to sponsored competitions
2) Invention-support training from the PSBA
3) Summer faculty time
4) Community outreach and inventor recruitment
5) Local event costs
6) Travel and program-related expenses
7) Managing a post-program survey with partners and participants.

Interested and eligible institutions should submit a Proposal to by November 21, 2016 1:00 pm (PST).

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Join us February 13, 2017 for a full-day Summit with speakers, performers and interactive experiences to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation for positive social, environmental, and economic impact.

Applications are now open
If you have an early-stage social or environmental venture, apply to pitch your concept to a panel of local impact investors and over 350 changemakers.

Applicants must have a social enterprise concept or existing venture, either for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid, that uses business tools to address a major social or environmental problem. Five finalists will be selected to present their ideas onstage in the Pitch Fest.

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Selected finalists will benefit from:

  • personalized coaching from experts
  • invitation to private events with Summit speakers and sponsors

  • a chance at in-kind and cash prizes

  • a stronger extended social innovation network Applications due: December 1, 2017

Finalists announced: December 16, 2017

Finalists receive Pitch Coaching from Impact Entrepreneurs: January, 2017

Pitch live at the Elevating Impact Summit: February 13, 2017

Early Bird Tickets

Oregon MESA Demo Day: Thursday, February 9th

MESA works with underrepresented students in STEM to solve real-world challenges through engineering and invention. This fall, Oregon MESA's middle and high school students have been working tirelessly on Project IRIS (Intelligent, Responsive, In-Sight), a design challenge in which teams develop an invention that addresses the needs of a client experiencing vision impairment. The top three middle and high school teams will showcase their ideas at Demo Day, where they will also compete for exciting STEM opportunities, like touring industry sites or receiving mentorship from an industry professional. 

If you're interested in receiving updates about Demo Day, please sign up to learn more

Jump-start your success by joining our community of entrepreneurs and innovators

The PSU Business Accelerator offers resident and affiliate member options to startup companies. Residents lease office space at the Accelerator; affiliates have virtual or desk-lease options. Target sectors include bioscience, clean or green technology and software/technology. Admission is highly selective for residents. Priority candidates have innovative technology with a definable market and significant competitive advantage.

Contact us for a preliminary evaluation or a tour.

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PSU MCECS - Professor-preneurs awarded NSF Grant

Imagars, a Portland engineering technology company, has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the highly competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its Ecosystem for Learning and Team Design.

 Dr. Baldur Steingrimsson, President and General Manager of Imagars LLC, and his team developed a patent-pending tool that can help designers identify design oversights early in the process. Ecosystem for Learning and Team Design is the title for this generic methodology to structured engineering design.  This SBIR project is part of a collaborative effort with the Portland State University (PSU) Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) and is funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation.

The design team consists of Dr. Steingrimsson, originally from Reykjavík, Iceland, Dr. Sung Yi, Professor and Chair of the MME Dept. at PSU, Dr. Faryar Etesami, Associate Professor, and PhD Candidate Robert Jones.

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APDM Wearable Technologies Awarded $4.6M to Predict Elderly Falls

APDM, Inc. cofounded by PSU Professor-preneurs James McNames and Andrew Greenberg, has received three new NIH SBIR awards totaling over $4.6 million to focus on improving the quality of life for senior citizens through fall risk prediction and rehabilitation.

APDM has partnered with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) on these
projects. While APDM concentrates on technological development and predictive analytics, OHSU will manage data collection and scientific validation. The outcomes of these studies will be assessment systems for both in-clinic visits and at-home monitoring, as well as a technology for biofeedback rehabilitation.
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Fifteen Businesses Graduate from our Business Development Support Program

Congratulations to BOP'S latest cohort of graduates from the Business Development Support Program (BDSP)! The BDSP. Read More
Come out and join great entrepreneurs and fans every Wednesday at the PSBA. Doors open up for networking at 8:30am and the presentation will start at 9. We will break by 10. Read More
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