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
Lean Portland hosts events and workshops to educate the community about Lean concepts, and provides networking opportunities for Lean professionals.
Mercatus is an online platform founded in Portland, Oregon to highlight entrepreneurs of color in the City of Roses through storytelling and a comprehensive directory.
Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME) is an all-inclusive non-profit organization with over 800 members.
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network helps entrepreneurs start up and scale up through mentorship; hands-on business training; and access to loans, cash, and capital.
University of Oregon Lundquist College of Business educates through programs, classes, and community engagement.
The University of Portland Franz center supports students in the development of leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation skills, knowledge, and mindsets.
Young Entrepreneurs Business Week is a statewide initiative to educate Oregon youth in business, leadership, teamwork, and more.
Xcelerate Women is a transformative community that supports Oregon’s women and gender expansive business owners on their journeys to success through business advising, peer mentorship, and growth education.
Urban Office is a locally owned space just south of downtown with an “industrial chic” vibe and members in every industry from sustainability to sci-fi.
Incubators & Accelerators
The Willamette Angel Conference (WAC) connects early stage and seed startups across the state with angel and venture investors.
XCELERATE WOMEN supports high-performing women entrepreneurs leading growth companies by providing access to the debt financing.