OEN NewsWe’re Hiring: Analyst Contract to Measure the Impact of Venture Catalyst

Analyst Needed for Impact Study


OEN is soliciting responses to conduct an impact study of the statewide Venture Catalyst Network. The Network was designed to help facilitate the identification, support and growth of innovative start-up companies, and to help cultivate a robust and thriving statewide entrepreneurial ecosystem. Venture Catalysts are located in Portland West Metro, Central Oregon, Mid-Willamette Valley, Rural Lane County, and Linn/Benton Counties.

OEN seeks to have an impact assessment conducted to:


  1. Quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate the impact of the Venture Catalyst Network in achieving its objectives of A) cultivating the launch and growth of innovative, Oregon-based businesses, and B) developing robust regional entrepreneurial ecosystems;


  1. Collect data on race and gender demographics of entrepreneurs served and, to the extent possible, evaluate measurement of how well Venture Catalysts are reaching and serving underrepresented populations (i.e. women, entrepreneurs of color); and


  1. Establish metrics to facilitate impact assessment on an ongoing basis.

This evaluation will engage the stakeholders in the Venture Catalyst Network, including partner agencies, funders, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders. 

Using a combination of surveys, interviews, review of existing documents, and economic analysis, the consultant will examine regional and statewide impact based on the value to entrepreneurs and the value to the regional ecosystem. The consultant will also recommend a protocol for measuring ongoing impact.

The project is anticipated to start in late January or early February 2020 with a draft report no later than May 10 and a final report no later than May 31, 2020.



Please download the full RFP here. Questions regarding this RFP should be submitted no later than January 10, 2020 to Laura Kubisiak at OEN, Laura@oen.org, with Venture Catalyst Impact Study in the subject line. 


Proposals should be submitted by January 15, 2020 to Laura Kubisiak.

Venture Catalyst Impact Study RFP final

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