Launched in response to what entrepreneurs are telling us they need help with to survive COVID-19:

The RAINmaker Accelerator is a hands-on, multi-week, interactive virtual program for anyone looking to increase sales and make it rain!

July 8 through Sept 16 – Wed from 9:00-10:30 AM

This is a FREE program. No cost to attend!

Join a Virtual Cohort of Oregon Startups & Businesses

Application due date: CLOSED

Questions? Contact Raj Vable

Ready To Make It Rain?

The RAINmaker Accelerator is hosted online via Zoom & Slack, and available to any Oregon startup/small business to help entrepreneurs navigate the challenges associated with COVID-19. This 10-week series is designed to help founders/owners learn from business experts about sales and marketing. Graduates of this course will gain practical knowledge, tools, and techniques that can be immediately applied to their business!

Benefits of attending the program include:

  • Develop your skills and understanding of sales funnels, sales channels, CRMS, sales calls, and Google/Facebook Ads.
  • Be inspired by motivational speakers and a cohort of fellow entrepreneurs all experiencing the impact of COVID-19.
  • Broaden your network by meeting and interacting with startups and businesses from across Oregon.
  • Get connected to mentors, stakeholders, venture catalysts, and service providers ready to help you succeed.
  • Take a deeper dive into digital platforms and harnessing the power of analytics to make data-driven decisions.
  • Gain the confidence to invest in the most critical part of your business: making it rain revenue!

Ready To Apply?

The application period for this program has ended. If you have any follow-up questions, or if you encountered a technical error in trying to submit your application, please contact us.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Willing to commit to attending at least 8 of the 10 workshop sessions.
  • Willing to put effort into completing the assigned weekly homework.
  • Commit to meeting with mentors and venture catalyst outside of the normal workshop sessions.
  • Engage with your fellow entrepreneur cohort members.
  • Access to a computer and internet connection. (If you don’t have these, reach out—we can help.)
  • We estimate the series to require a time commitment of 5-10 hours per week, including attending classes.
  • Commit to logging in on-time, as classes will begin promptly at 9:00 AM.

Oregon RAIN reserves the right to refuse or rescind admission into the RAINmaker Accelerator to anyone.

RAINmaker Accelerator — Speakers

RAINmaker Accelerator — Speakers

Jill Nelson

General Partner

Elevate Capital Fund

John Procopio

Director of Marketing

Palo Alto Software

Raychel Kolen

Marketing Principal & Founder

MUSE Marketing + Design

Robin Baumer

VP of Sales

The Tofurky Company

Caitlyn Gill

Director

OSU Sales Academy

Seth Tibbott

Founder & Chairman

The Tofurky Company

Nathan Woods

COO / Chief of Stuff

Run Gum

Marty Parisien

Co-Founder

Singing Dog Vanilla

Corey Abramson

Associate eCommerce & Digital Manager

Palo Alto Software

Spencer Thompson

Paid Acquisition Manager 

Palo Alto Software

Dan Thies

Senior Paid Media Specialist

Palo Alto Software

Caroline Cummings

Executive Director

Oregon RAIN

Raj Vable

Venture Catalyst

Oregon RAIN

Corey Wright

Venture Catalyst

Oregon RAIN

Testimonials From Previous Accelerator Graduates

“We both know we wouldn’t have had the tools to look in more creative directions if it wasn’t for your support and guidance, thank you so much!!”

Jesse Gandy & Fiona Gledhill, Screamin' Jay's Hot Lunch

“It has been so nice to have someone to ask questions to, brainstorm with, and someone to help find the resources that benefit me and my small business. Starting a brand new business can be scary, but Ariel and Oregon RAIN have made it a little less scary, and I hope to be able to continue to work with them in the future.”

Katie Brushett, Coburg Fit Club

“I’ve been wanting to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed learning from you. You provide great–and practical–information… We are now looking at a potential sales of 500 units in a completely different market thanks to what you are teaching through RAIN.”

Cindy Sekiguchi, SOTO USA

“I really want to thank Caroline and yourself [Corey Wright] for all the mentorship and the direction you’ve given me, it’s been a lot of help and if it wasn’t for you guys, I’d be going down rabbit holes! I really appreciate you!”

Frank Herrera, Lifts of Love

“This was a great learning experience and had made a huge difference in my knowledge and confidence.”

Melissa Grossman-Naples, Prelude

“We are so fortunate to have programs like this for all the creative types of entrepreneurs here in Oregon, and highly recommended the experience to anyone who is able. Oregon RAIN really ROCKS!!”

Program Attendee, Scale Your Startup 2020

“Oregon RAIN provided great information that really helped me focus on the next steps I needed to take to get my business off the ground.”

Chris Wade, Nova Aerial LLC

“Oregon RAIN helped me find my voice and focus within my pitch for Philomath Arts & Cinema!”

Jeannette Miller Mickenham, Philomath Arts & Cinema

Accelerator Schedule

9:00 AM – Sign-in & networking

9:05 AM – Breakout work session + homework review

9:30 AM – Lecture by guest speaker

10:15 AM – Q&A

10:25 AM – Assignments + Overview of next week

10:30 AM – Class ends. Informal networking begins if desired.

July 8 – Kickoff Week

The start of the 10-week accelerator! We’ll cover intros, hear an inspirational sales story from a successful entrepreneur, and go over logistics for the program.

July 15 – Name That Customer

The core of every good business is a deep understanding of your customer. This workshop focuses on learning from your customers about their needs, then developing personas that drive all your marketing activities.

July 22 – Revenue Projections & Market Sizing Made Fun

How big is your target market and how much of it can you expect to capture? We will help you answer both questions and develop 3-year revenue projections in a fun, hands-on workshop!

July 29 – Digital Marketing 101

The online world is a big, complicated, and evolving space. We’ll go over the most important things to prioritize including SEO, social media, and email campaigns.

August 5 – Selling Using Google & Facebook

Learn Facebook and Google Ads essentials, and how to harness the power of analytics to make data-driven decisions!

August 12 – Sales 101

Learn about sales funnels, channels, and how to organize a manageable Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to keep your leads engaged and your customers happy.

August 19 – Dollars & Sense

Learn about how to build out your pricing for your products, and the important role margins play.

August 26 – Make it RAIN!

We’ll help you take the fear out of selling so you can feel empowered to go out there and MAKE IT RAIN!!!

September 2 – Cohort’s Choice

This workshop is kept intentionally open to allow us to adapt to the needs and interests of the cohort!

September 16 – Graduation

Our motto has always been “What’s Next?” This final session is dedicated to hearing your plans to move forward and reflecting/reviewing what you’ve learned!

Oregon RAIN wants everyone to feel welcome and comfortable attending our programs.

Please contact Ariel Ruben 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: an advance copy of slides, early log-in assistance, language translation, childcare needs, etc…

Thank you to our RAINmaker sponsors!

This event is made possible by partnerships with 18 cities, 4 counties, 3 foundations, the federal government, and private funders:

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, Oregon Pacific Bank, Banner Bank, and the USDA.

Learn more about Oregon RAIN