Our mission and vision
The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) helps entrepreneurs start up and scale up by connecting them to peers and mentors, startup funding opportunities, and hands-on training.
A nonprofit, membership-driven organization with a 25-year track record, OEN is the heart of our entrepreneurial community. Our mission is to drive innovation, facilitate job creation, and put Oregon on the map as a center for entrepreneurial excellence.
OEN is Oregon’s only organization that supports scalable startups from every industry across the state. We envision an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem that welcomes, represents, and supports innovators from all industries and backgrounds.
What We Do
We cultivate a thriving, diverse community.
At OEN we cultivate personal connections with over 50 events and programs each year. More than 54,000 community members from a wide range of industries and backgrounds have participated in an OEN program or event since 1999.
We stimulate growth through access to funding & investors.
We’re dedicated to growing fast and forward. Through OEN’s Angel Oregon program, we give entrepreneurs access to funding and investors – primary factors in helping a company grow from a good idea into a great business.
We promote success through recognition & visibility.
In a crowded marketplace, it takes more than just a great idea to succeed. OEN hosts several high-profile entrepreneurship programs each year, including the OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards to celebrate, educate, and promote companies that have what it takes to succeed.
We inspire a culture of giving back.
Everything that we do at OEN incorporates a spirit of giving back. Our extraordinary network of volunteers give their time, money, and expertise to help the next wave of entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life.
From 2010 to 2014, OEN actively operated the Entrepreneurs Foundation of the Northwest (EFNW), which has returned over $10 million to 100 non-profits in dollars raised and volunteer time. EFNW helped small and mid-sized companies develop and implement strategies for community involvement that jointly meet the goals of the company, the passions of the employees and the needs of the community.