Central Oregon Innovation Hub

Together, we are growing the innovation, entrepreneurship, and mentor community in Central Oregon.

Are you:

  • an inventor that needs help with your idea or invention?
  • an entrepreneur launching or growing your business?
  • mentoradvisor, or consultant that wants to support businesses?
  • student who is looking to create something new or find an internship opportunity? 
  • an educator or economic development official looking to grow your impact?

Join our Community to Get Help or Give Back.

In August 2022, the Oregon Innovation Council awarded Central Oregon with an Innovation Hub Planning Grant to create a regional network of service providers and assist innovation-based companies.  
As part of this project, we're growing an innovation hub to 
make it easier for innovators and entrepreneurs to connect and get the support they need.

For Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Join the network to discover:
  • upcoming networking events, mixers, and other fun ways to connect
  • educational workshops and online tools
  • mentors, free advisors, and mentorship programs that can help you.
  • funding opportunities

For Mentors, Advisors, and Consultants

Join the network to:
  • promote your upcoming events or workshops
  • easily connect with innovators and entrepreneurs
  • learn what others are doing
  • get access to shared resources like workbooks, discussions,  and online tools
  • learn about new funding opportunities, online resources, or ways to help the entrepreneurs you advise

For Students

Join the network to:
  • learn about internship opportunities
  • connect with professional mentors
  • learn about innovation and entrepreneurship
  • find career-related workshops, clubs, and events
  • learn how you can create, fund, and launch a new product

For Those That Want to Grow the Economy and Build the Future of of Oregon.

Through this work, we will:
  • build stronger connections among our innovative community 
  • identify the needs of innovators and entrepreneurs
  • find ways to help our innovators and entrepreneurs overcome obstacles 
  • nurture ideas into new products or services
  • connect our innovators and entrepreneurs with funding opportunities 
  • create high-wage jobs
  • drive economic growth and strengthen our state's economy.

Over 200 people have already joined the network.

Join our Network for Free.


Do I need to live in Central Oregon to join? 

Nope!  We will be posting about resources to help innovators and entrepreneurs beyond our region.  

Do I need to be an innovative entrepreneur? Is this just for tech?  

Innovation goes beyond tech.  Innovation is about taking a new idea and turning it into something that has an impact on the world.  We welcome all who want to learn how to have a bigger impact: innovators, entrepreneurs, professionals, nonprofit founders, economic development officials, and more!

Hosts and Moderators

OSU-Cascades Innovation Co-Lab

Opportunity Knocks

Bend Chamber of Commerce

COCC Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC)



Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator

Collective Pallet

Oregon RAIN

Oregon Bioscience Association

if you'd like to learn more about becoming a moderator, please email [email protected]