Join Innovators at the Co-Lab

The Innovation Co-Lab is an incubator that leverages the power of Oregon State University–Cascades and our community in Bend to help innovators who are launching new products or services.


Co-Lab Clients

We work with startups, nonprofits, and existing companies. At the same time, we run a student consultancy to help these organizations while giving our students real-world experience. In short, we help the innovators of today while growing the innovators of tomorrow.

Our Startup Incubator

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.



      Co-Lab Services

      • Funding and event notifications - We send monthly emails to let you know about opportunities for your organization.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Virtual Incubator - Through our online learning management system, We provide access to templates, tools, and resources to organizations across Central Oregon. Also, members can submit research requests via our system.
      • 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. 


      Co-Lab Amenities

      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:

      • Ease of access to the resources of the OSU system
      • High speed internet
      • Conference rooms with audio visual equipment
      • Dedicated Desks
      • Flex Desks
      • Mailroom
      • Community Slack
      • Impact Sessions
      • Mentorship
      • Networking events
      • Online resources
      • Social events
      • Onsite Staff
      • Bike Storage
      • Showers
      • Cleaning Services
      • Views of the Deschutes River
      • Easy river trail access



      Workshops and Online Tools

      The Co-Lab provides workshops and online resources so benefit entrepreneurs, nonprofit managers, students, and our community.

      Participants can learn how to:

      • Pitch for funding
      • Create a startup or nonprofit
      • Build your product, service, or technology
      • Build a team
      • Market, sell, and generate dealflow
      • Manage your organization



      Student Consultancy

      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:

      • bring together students and a robust network of industry experts (“Co-Lab-orators”) to work together on a recurring basis.
      • teach students what it takes to make a new venture successful,
      • give students the opportunity to prove their technical skills by working on real-problems at startups or in the community,
      • teach students new skills and help them with their resume
      • give potential employers and students an opportunity to work together and network.


      For Members

      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:

      • develop prototypes for mobile apps or web apps
      • record, edit, and process video.
      • perform market research
      • interview potential customers and perform customer discovery
      • generate sales leads
      • help with social media or content marketing
      • research funding opportunities and requirements


      For Public Benefit

      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.

      • Hackathons:  OSU-Cascades computer science students participated in a hackathon event in January to help the nonprofit Guardian Group counter online sex trafficking.  Learn more about this project.
      • Community Apps:  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.  Learn more about this project.
      • Community Research Projects:  OSU-Cascades students can be utilized to research local issues, perform interviews, and more.



      Co-Lab and Member Organizations in the News:

      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)

      Get Started with the Co-Lab Incubator

      Get access to the space, resources, and coaching you need to launch your new venture.



      The Innovation Co-Lab is located at the Graduate Research Center on the second floor.  



      Contact Us

      If you are interested in working with the Co-Lab, please contact the Executive Director.

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