Last month, members of the Beaver Caucus and the Legislative Craft Beer Caucus gathered at OSU’s state of art Food Innovation Center in Portland for the Beaver Caucus Beer Mixer. The event was an opportunity to mingle with alums and legislators and learn about the important role OSU’s Fermentation Science Program plays in the craft brew industry.
We were honored to have Legislative Craft Brew Caucus Co-Chairs, Sen. Floyd Prozanski and Rep. Mark Johnson join us for the event as well as Sen. Michael Dembrow and Reps. Jeff Reardon and Ann Lininger. Jeff Edgerton, Brewmaster at BridgePort Brewing Company and an OSU alum, discussed OSU’s Fermentation Science Program stating that the program has rapidly become one of the – if not the – most respected programs for fermentation in the country.
Thank you to all who braved the heat to be a part of this event and to our generous donors, including BridgePort Brewing, McMenamins, A-Z Wineworks/Rex Hill and Two Towns Ciderhouse.
PORTLAND, Ore. – A new program designed to increase entrepreneurial activity and stimulate job creation in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest is now being offered in Portland by Oregon State University’s College of Business.
The goal of Launch Corps is to provide additional startup support services for select students who are enrolled in the college’s Innovation Management MBA program and are also developing a business idea. Innovation Management is a new track in the college’s MBA program that prepares students to start new companies and advance ideas within existing ones.
“Research shows rates of entrepreneurship are in a state of decline in the U.S.,” said Mitzi Montoya, dean of OSU’s College of Business. “That’s concerning news, especially given reports that indicate entrepreneurs are responsible for nearly all net new job creation. Oregon has unprecedented potential to address our regional and national need for entrepreneurial activity if we can effectively recruit entrepreneurs from the full pool of available talent and accelerate their success.”
As they progress through the Innovation Management MBA, students in Launch Corps will be connected to resources that can help move their startup ideas forward. Those resources include mentors in areas such as marketing, accounting and finance; office space at the college’s new Portland headquarters at WeWork, a co-working community for multiple ventures and startups; services, equipment and related amenities; and access to workshops and entrepreneurial training programs.
Launch Corps is open to all founders, co-founders or teams at the startup stage who have a passion for addressing a problem and an idea that offers market potential. Women, people of color, and others who have historically been underrepresented among entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply for Launch Corps.
“Research shows that women lead about one-third of entrepreneurial activity, even though they make up slightly more than half of the population,” said Audrey Iffert-Saleem, executive director of strategic initiatives for the College of Business. “Our vision is that the population of entrepreneurs will grow to reflect the changing demographics of the United States.”
Supporting these entrepreneurs in their startup journey is about more than getting them in the pipeline, said Iffert-Saleem, who has led the development of several entrepreneurship programs for women and people of color.
“A recent report shows that only a tiny fraction of one percent of venture funding went to black women founders in 2014,” she said. “We need a culture shift, and we need support from the community.”
The fee for the two-year program is $5,000, and fellowships are available for selected students. The J.D. Power Launch Corps fellowships cover the costs of the program as well as a $2,000 business start-up grant and an $8,000 tuition scholarship.
All Launch Corps applicants will be considered for the fellowship, and priority will be given to women applicants. The program will begin in the fall term, and the deadline to apply for the fall MBA program is Aug. 22.
The college also is seeking mentors and startup coaches to support Launch Corps members, especially women and people of color who are entrepreneurs, investors and business professionals.
Full article here.
For more information about Launch Corps or to apply to the program, visit
Join us for the Beaver Caucus Beer Mixer
Thursday, August 18
6:00pm – 8:00pm
OSU Food Innovation Center
1207 NW Naito Parkway
Free on-site parking available
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Beer Mixer with faculty from the OSU Fermentation Program and members of the Legislative Beer Caucus, including co-chairs State Senator Floyd Prozanski and State Representative Mark Johnson. This event is a great opportunity to reconnect with OSU alumni and friends, meet members of the OSU Fermentation Program, interact with our legislative leaders, and see OSU’s state of the art Food Innovation Center.
We will also talk briefly about what we are doing to prepare for the 2017 session of the Oregon State Legislature, which is going to be monumental for higher education. We will need a coordinated alumni network to advocate for continued funding in Oregon higher education to ensure OSU continues its growth as a world-class university available to students from every background.
Thank you for your great support of OSU. I hope you can join us on August 18.
There are still tickets available for the Aurora Crop Up (TM) Dinner and Market Showcase!
15210 NE Miley Rd – 15210 Northeast Miley Road, Aurora, OR 97002
There will be a total of five dinners happening this year and most are sold out. But don’t worry, you can join us in Aurora if you get your tickets fast. There will also be five dinners being hosted in 2017.
The dinners are going to be hosted by various Oregon State University Branch Experiment Stations to increase awareness around Oregon Specialty Crops. These crops are grown in local regions around each of the unique dinner sites.
There will be Specialty Market Showcases before dinner at each site providing an opportunity to learn more about the Specialty Crops.
Brought to you by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University.
Crop-UpTM Dinner Tickets cost only $20 per person and include access to the market showcase and dinner.