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We only enter communities who invite us in. We typically get invited into a community by the City Administrator/Manager, Mayor, City Council Member, County Commissioner, an economic development organization, or an entrepreneur from that community calls asking for our assistance to help them start and scale. You can request RAIN if you’re an entrepreneur or a community leader.

Learn how the City of Florence invited RAIN into their community to help build an entrepreneurial ecosystem.  
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Once invited into a community, RAIN staff will begin rolling out our Entrepreneurial Development Model. We are careful to join in, and not “swoop in.” We join existing conversations about supporting your entrepreneurial community.

Our Venture Catalysts have impressive backgrounds running their own businesses, and some of them are even angel investors, but we don’t arrive as if we have all the answers. We join your community to assess your entrepreneurial ecosystem, gather stakeholders and supporters, and determine how best to support your community’s entrepreneurs and innovators. Our goal is to unleash and nurture your community’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Download our Case Study on Rural Entrepreneurship to learn how we joined and supported the Florence and mid-coast communities.  
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A key tenant to the work we do follows Ernesto Sirolli’s “Shut up and Listen” TED Talk. We first listen to your entrepreneurial community before making recommendations. We also train any mentors who will serve your entrepreneurs to do the same.

Our Venture Catalysts primary goal is to serve the entrepreneurs in your community by matching them with people (mentors, talent), programs (workshops, accelerators), physical assets (space, equipment), and capital (loans, equity) to help them start or scale their ventures. 

Oregon RAIN Venture catalysts are experienced entrepreneurs and/or investors who are well-connected and have strong working relationships with local businesses, municipalities, elected officials, economic and community development organizations, and other institutions. Venture Catalysts also promote broad community participation and support for the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.   
Request RAIN

We practice what we preach. We tell your entrepreneurs: “If they can’t measure it, don’t make it!” By this, we mean it’s important to know how you will measure the success of your business.

At RAIN, we collect many metrics to help us know we are making an impact on your innovation economy. We track things like how many jobs your startups create, how much capital they raise, how much revenue they are generating, how many mentors are assisting them, what milestones they’ve reached, how much capital we’ve helped bring to your region, and much more.

Additionally, since RAIN is a non-profit, most of our funders want us to track these metrics as well. It helps show them the impact of our program, and how your community is benefiting from building an innovation economy.   
Request RAIN

We only enter communities who invite us in. We typically get invited into a community by the City Administrator/Manager, Mayor, City Council Member, County Commissioner, an economic development organization, or an entrepreneur from that community calls asking for our assistance to help them start and scale. You can request RAIN if you’re an entrepreneur or a community leader.

Learn how the City of Florence invited RAIN into their community to help build an entrepreneurial ecosystem.  
Learn More

Once invited into a community, RAIN staff will begin rolling out our Entrepreneurial Development Model. We are careful to join in, and not “swoop in.” We join existing conversations about supporting your entrepreneurial community.

Our Venture Catalysts have impressive backgrounds running their own businesses, and some of them are even angel investors, but we don’t arrive as if we have all the answers. We join your community to assess your entrepreneurial ecosystem, gather stakeholders and supporters, and determine how best to support your community’s entrepreneurs and innovators. Our goal is to unleash and nurture your community’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Download our Case Study on Rural Entrepreneurship to learn how we joined and supported the Florence and mid-coast communities.  
Download

A key tenant to the work we do follows Ernesto Sirolli’s “Shut up and Listen” TED Talk. We first listen to your entrepreneurial community before making recommendations. We also train any mentors who will serve your entrepreneurs to do the same.

Our Venture Catalysts primary goal is to serve the entrepreneurs in your community by matching them with people (mentors, talent), programs (workshops, accelerators), physical assets (space, equipment), and capital (loans, equity) to help them start or scale their ventures. 

Oregon RAIN Venture catalysts are experienced entrepreneurs and/or investors who are well-connected and have strong working relationships with local businesses, municipalities, elected officials, economic and community development organizations, and other institutions. Venture Catalysts also promote broad community participation and support for the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.   
Request RAIN

We practice what we preach. We tell your entrepreneurs: “If they can’t measure it, don’t make it!” By this, we mean it’s important to know how you will measure the success of your business.

At RAIN, we collect many metrics to help us know we are making an impact on your innovation economy. We track things like how many jobs your startups create, how much capital they raise, how much revenue they are generating, how many mentors are assisting them, what milestones they’ve reached, how much capital we’ve helped bring to your region, and much more.

Additionally, since RAIN is a non-profit, most of our funders want us to track these metrics as well. It helps show them the impact of our program, and how your community is benefiting from building an innovation economy.   
Request RAIN