• Mentoring – 1-on-1 coaching with knowledgeable and experienced entrepreneurs from throughout the region
  • Talent Connections – Introductions to potential team member or co-founders with valuable skills and experience


  • Meetups – Social gatherings that facilitate “collisions” of ideas and talent
  • Seminars – Industry- or skill-based learning events
  • Accelerators – Multi-week boot camp programs
  • Startup Weekends – Weekend events where entrepreneurs meet to pitch ideas, form teams, and develop a business


  • Cascade Angels Fund – A RAIN seed fund managed by Cascade Angels to fund early-stage companies in Oregon, with a priority on companies in Lane, Linn, Lincoln, and Benton Counties, and companies led by underrepresented populations (e.g., women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, etc.)
  • Other Capital Resources  – Education about crowdfunding and alternative financing, and connections to angel investment, and venture financing


  • Asset Mapping – Identify and leverage existing community resources and identify gaps
  • Fundraising – Collaborative appeals to foundations, private funders, and grant programs to build ecosystems
  • Stakeholder Engagement – Invite community members to mentor startups, promote events, and become angel investors