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CATALYZE RURAL 2020: Overview
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Attend Oregon’s Largest Gathering of Rural Startups!

Network with rural entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, elected officials, city/county leaders, and community supporters during a day of celebrating rural innovation and big ideas!

Why Attend?

Attend Oregon’s Largest Gathering of Rural Startups!

Network with rural entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, elected officials, city/county leaders, and community supporters during a day of celebrating rural innovation and big ideas!

Why Attend?

Keynote Speaker: Seth Tibbott

Founder & Chairman of Tofurky

Started with $2500, now has $40M in estimated sales.

Enjoy Seth Tibbott share his story about starting his food business in rural Oregon—while living in a barn, a teepee, and a treehouse!  

In 1980, Seth Tibbott founded Turtle Island Foods, now “the Tofurky Company”, on $2500 savings from his 8-year career as a teacher/naturalist. The company’s first product was a tasty fermented Indonesian soy product called “tempeh”.  Many people, including his midwestern aunt and fellow elementary school teachers, thought selling moldy soybeans to the meat centric American public was a very bad idea.

For 15 years it appeared the naysayers were right as Seth pursued his dream while losing his shirt as a pioneer of the early plant-based foods movement.  With an income of only $300/month, Seth built a 3-story treehouse that he called home for 7 years.  In 1995, also against the advice of his partners, Seth introduced the first nationally marketed vegan holiday roast named “Tofurky”.

The Tofurky brand now includes 35 different vegan products which are sold in 27,000 stores worldwide. Seth has chronicled his  “40-year overnight success story” in a new book, In Search of the Wild Tofurky, that is now available “Wherever fine books are sold, or the shelf just below”.

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An exciting day featuring rural entrepreneurs and their startups. See full schedule!

Rural Spotlight

Hear about the barriers, challenges, and successes rural entrepreneurs across Oregon face and what you can do to help.

PitchFest 2020

Cheer on top entrepreneurs from the region as they pitch their innovative startup ideas to a panel of investors. The audience will get to vote, too!

Rural Food Startups

Enjoy delicious and innovative food and beverages produced by Oregon rural startups. Bring your appetites!

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Everyone is Welcome!

We ask that you consider making a suggested donation of $20 or more. The money from your donation goes directly into the prize awards for the startups that are competing at this event—and it’s tax-deductible!

Let’s support our rural entrepreneurs!

Registration is required to attend.

Oregon RAIN is 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations to us are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Why should you attend?

Everyone is Welcome!

We ask that you consider making a suggested donation of $20 or more. The money from your donation goes directly into the prize awards for the startups that are competing at this event—and it’s tax-deductible!

Let’s support our rural entrepreneurs!

Registration is required to attend.

Oregon RAIN is 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations to us are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Why should you attend?

Oregon RAIN wants everyone to feel welcomed and comfortable at our programs!

Please contact Corey Wright at corey@oregonrain.org if there are any accommodations that we can make for you that will encourage your participation and we will do our best to meet your needs.

Accommodations may include things such as: food requests, wheelchair access, language translation, childcare needs, etc…

A big thank you to our sponsors!

Sponsorships still available! Please email Caroline Cummings at caroline@oregonrain.org.

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Sponsorships still available! Please email Caroline Cummings at caroline@oregonrain.org.

A big “thank you” to our funders!

This event is made possible by funding from the following:

Adair Village, Albany, Brownsville, Canyon City, Coburg, Creswell, Florence, Halsey, Harrisburg, John Day, Lebanon, Lowell, Monroe, Oakridge, Philomath, Prairie City, Sweet Home, Veneta, Grant County, Lane County, Linn County, Benton County, Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, and the USDA.

Thank you all for helping build Oregon’s entrepreneurial ecosystem!

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