We help startups, nonprofits, and existing companies by giving them access to cutting-edge expertise, student teams, coworking space, and mentorship. Through this work, our ventures grow our local economy, create jobs, and bring new opportunities to Central Oregon.
We pair students with community projects through our Service Learning Internship program This initative is intended to help startups, nonprofits, and existing companies while giving our students real-world experience.
OSU-Cascades offers a shared workspace and coaching to startups in Bend, Oregon. The workspace is conveniently located near Mount Bachelor, the OSU-Cascades campus, and downtown Bend.
Our incubator lets you blend the line between work and play like never before. Ideal for entrepreneurs, nonpfofit managers, and students, our incubator has what you need:
The Co-Lab helps new and existing ventures by creating useful tools, delivering interesting seminars, and advising new companies. But this work provides a significant opportunity for students to get real-world experience and prepare them for the workforce.
To prepare students to be innovative doers within the workforce, we:
Incubator members get access to our pool of interns and may work with them on projects. Student consultancy projects vary based on the needs of the client. For example, students can:
In addition to the above, donors to the program can sponsor projects to benefit our community. For example:
Startup Resources: OSU-Cascades students can be utilized to generate content for in-person workshops as well as online content. For example, OSU-Cascades’ students created the Oregon Startup Checklist – a “centralized, online resource that helps entrepreneurs find help, funding, and tools. Learn more about this project.
The Co-Lab provides workshops and online resources to benefit entrepreneurs, nonprofit managers, students, and our community.
Participants can learn how to:
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)
Check out the Video of the Co-Lab (OSU-Cascades, Jun. 20, 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)
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)
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)
Lora DiCarlo Secures $2 million in Funding AND Gets Its CES Award Back…(StartupBend, May 8, 2019)
TribePilot raises money using a new model (Cascades Business News, June, 2019)
Lora DiCarlo raises money using Opportunity Zones (Portland Bus. Journal, June 2019)