The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) oversees Business Oregon’s innovation programs and has a variety of resources to support innovators to take new technologies from idea to market. It provides crucial early funding that promising technologies and entrepreneurs need to grow. Learn about two of their programs that help innovation-based companies accelerate their growth and access private capital in their early stages.
Oregon InC’s SBIR Support Program helps Oregon companies take advantage of non-dilutive federal funding. The program includes application support grants to help companies prepare better applications that are more likely to be funded, as well as matching grants to fill gaps where the federal funds cannot be used and to help get technologies closer to market. The Commercialization Gap Fund supports companies as they develop their products to be ready to go to market, providing investment for the “commercialization gap” between initial startup and when private investment is available.
About the Speakers:
Jordana Barclay, Innovation Strategist, Business Oregon
Jordana Barclay is an Innovation Strategist at Business Oregon where she manages a variety of innovation-focused programs to support science and technology companies. Prior to Business Oregon, she created and supported local and statewide industry-led partnerships focused on workforce development.
Jordana has over 20 years of experience in developing and implementing programs that support businesses, innovators, and communities. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Wake Forest University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan.
Mark Brady, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Manager, Business Oregon
Mark Brady is the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Manager at Business Oregon leading the team working to support the state’s entrepreneurs and early-stage companies. He leads a team of staff working on innovation, entrepreneurship and capital programs to ensure innovation helps Oregon’s economy diversity and be more resilient. Previously, he was an Innovation Strategist at the agency working with universities and others to turn research into new companies and jobs, managing the State’s SBIR support program and leading the agency’s work with the Oregon Innovation Council.
Mark has over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors and has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering from Columbia University and University of Miami, respectively.