Entrepreneurial Resources: Portland

For entrepreneurs in Portland, Beaverton, Vancouver, Hillsboro, and other Portland Metro areas.

OEN certainly isn’t the only organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs grow and thrive. Whether you are looking for education, mentorship, community support, or funding options, help is at hand!

In the Portland metro area alone, there are over 60 organizations that share our vision of a robust and diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem. Keep scrolling for a comprehensive list of local nonprofits, accelerators, incubators, university programs, co-working spaces, and government initiatives.


Education & Support

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Adelante Mujeres offers Empresas, a business development program that teaches and supports small business owners.

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ADX Portland is building a community of thinkers & makers. Metal & wood shops, jewelry, sewing, custom fabrication, laser, CNC & more!

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B-Line offers a la carte services to local food entrepreneurs, like packaging stations and co-working office space.

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BridgeLab at the Pacific Northwest College of Art provides entrepreneurship development and resources for artists.

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Built Oregon works to support, amplify, and accelerate Oregon’s consumer product entrepreneurs, companies, and ecosystem.

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Food Innovation Center at Oregon State University encourages Food Entrepreneurism while promoting Northwest Agriculture.

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Greater Portland Inc provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in Greater Portland.

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Hatch Innovation offers programs, workshops, and events for social entrepreneurs to gather, learn, and connect.

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Impact Entrepreneurs at PSU’s School of Business Administration delivers a curriculum integrating social, environmental and ethical issues.


Kit Record is a curated newsletter for brand builders in the athletic-outdoor industry.

Lean Portland hosts events and workshops to educate the community about Lean concepts, and provides networking opportunities for Lean professionals.

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Mercy Corps NW works to build more just, productive, and resilient communities in the Pacific Northwest.

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MESO improves the economic opportunities of underserved individuals through empowerment, education, and entrepreneurship.

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Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME) is an all-inclusive non-profit organization with over 800 members.

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Oregon Entrepreneurs Network helps entrepreneurs start up and scale up through mentorship; hands-on business training; and access to loans, cash, and capital.

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Oregon State MBA program is a flexible and affordable option with coursework that is 80% online and 20% in-person in Portland.

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Portland Made is a digital storytelling platform and advocacy center for Portland’s Maker Movement.

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Portland Mercado is a community of more than 16 permanent businesses bringing together diverse cultures through food, art and entertainment.

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Pregame is like a gym for your goals. It brings you on-demand access to expert guidance, business strategy, and dynamic community.

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Prosper Portland aims to make Portland one of the world’s most globally competitive, equitable, and healthy cities.

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PSU Center for Entrepreneurship fosters collaboration and innovation to help you take your idea, project or business to the next level.

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SBDC provides guidance on Oregon’s capital landscape, finance strategies, and lender relations.

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SBLC provides transactional legal services to small and emerging businesses in Oregon.

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SCORE Portland is dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small business.

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TAO unites the region’s technology industry, shaping and growing technology and business communities.

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The Commons Law Center provides affordable legal services for income-qualified people.

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The Encorepreneur Cafe provides an opportunity for active seniors. They offer a co-working space and various types of workshops.

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The Redd is an Ecotrust development designed to support local food enterprises and help scale a robust, regional food economy across the Pacific Northwest.

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TiE Oregon believes growing business through their five pillars; mentoring, networking, education, incubating, and funding.

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University of Oregon Lundquist College of Business educates through programs, classes, and community engagement.

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The University of Portland Franz center supports students in the development of leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation skills, knowledge, and mindsets.

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Young Entrepreneurs Business Week is a statewide initiative to educate Oregon youth in business, leadership, teamwork, and more.


Co-working Spaces

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CENTRL Office provides flexible full-service co-working space for entrepreneurs, free agents, startups, and work groups.

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Collective Agency consists of a cozy community of co-working spaces in Portland.

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Global Homestead Garage is a Makers Space that provides community members a platform to grow big ideas using shared resources.

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HatchLab PDX is for local innovators and social entrepreneurs who imagine, launch and scale enterprises that improve communities.

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NedSpace has 14,000 square feet of great office space in the heart of downtown Portland for startups, entrepreneurs and remote workers.

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NXT Industries provides the space and takes care of the details so you can focus on what’s important: growing your business.

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The Weller Society is a social club made up of creatives, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and culture creators.

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WeWork offers a chance to connect with a global community and benefit from 100+ services to help grow your business.


Incubators & Accelerators

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BEST HQ provides the support and resources for entrepreneurs to establish and grow their companies.

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The Jaguar Rover Tech Incubator supports startups currently positioned to disrupt, advance, and define the future of automotive technology.

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KitchenCru is a shared-use community kitchen and culinary incubator that supports culinary entrepreneurs.

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Oregon BEST funds and supports innovative cleantech startups across Oregon, connecting them with state and federal resources while preparing them for follow-on investment.

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OTBC helps entrepreneurs identify and attain their goals at whatever stage they are at.

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OTRADI Bioscience Incubator (OBI) is Oregon’s first and only bioscience-specific accelerator, helping scientists take their research from the lab to the market.

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Portland Apparel Lab is a makerspace and business accelerator providing support and community for fashion entrepreneurs.

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Portland State Business Accelerator (PSBA) is Oregon’s leading business incubator. Offices, labs and biz dev services for biotech, cleantech and software startups.

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StarveUps is a virtual incubator and accelerator with peer mentoring as its cornerstone, and an end-to-end educational approach.

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TenX provides content, events, conferences & learning programs to generate growth & acceleration for high potential organizations.

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The XXcelerator provides the education, mentorship, peer support and accountability that women entrepreneurs need to succeed.


Investment Resources

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The Bend Venture Conference, is an Angel Conference in Central Oregon that takes applications from investor-ready companies across the state.

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Cascade Angels creates opportunities for investors and businesses in Oregon to drive economic growth and fuel prosperity.

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Elevate Capital supports passionate founders who are focused on solving real world problems, and persevere through challenges.

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FundPDX specializes in working directly with entrepreneurs starting a business, and helping them achieve their dreams.

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Hatch Oregon is the platform for Oregonians to learn about and participate in local investing.

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Oregon Venture Fund is a different kind of venture capital fund, empowering local entrepreneurs to grow their business, their way.

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ONAMI’s Commercialization Funding Program provides critical support to early-stage technologies and companies connected to Oregon university researchers or facilities.

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Portland Seed Fund is a non-resident accelerator focused on providing emerging companies with capital, mentoring and connections.

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The Willamette Angel Conference (WAC) connects early stage and seed startups across the state with angel and venture investors.


Lending Resources

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Ascent Funding is a nonprofit CDFI providing small business loans and guidance to minority, women, and low-income business communities.

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Business Oregon invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy.

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Craft3 is a nonprofit CDFI lender with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological, and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities.

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Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending.

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LSQ Funding is creating a fast and affordable way for companies of all sizes to get the capital they need to grow and keep moving forward.

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Mercy Corps NW provides loans to startups and existing businesses who do not qualify for traditional loans.

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PDX Impact‘s mission is to build a diverse investment community that focuses on underserved businesses.

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SBA delivers loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions, and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

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The XXcelerate Fund supports high-performing women entrepreneurs leading growth companies by providing access to the debt financing.

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