November 9-18, 2018


Startup Week is a week-long series of cross-campus events and activities that highlight entrepreneurship, startups, university commercialization and university spinouts at the University of Oregon. Students, faculty, staff and community members can learn how to get started with a for-profit or nonprofit idea, navigate the university and local resources available for launching or scaling a venture and meet others with shared entrepreneurial interests.  

Friday/Saturday, November 9 & 10

InsomniHack                                                                                             5pm                      Location: 942 Olive Street

Sponsored by the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

InsomniHack is a free, 24-hour hackathon open to all UO students who are interested in working together to build a prototype.

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Sunday, November 11

Maker Studio: Build a Mini-FM Radio                                                4-6pm         Location: DeArmond Makerspace 

Sponsored by the DeArmond Makerspace in the Price Science Commons

Build a mini-FM radio using surface-mount technology (all parts included).  Free but limited to the first 15 People.


Monday, November 12

The Hult Prize Challenge                                                                         6-8pm              Location: EMU Redwood Room

Sponsored by the UO University Innovation Fellows

This international annual competition challenges students to solve big societal and environmental problems and awards $1 million to the winning team to bring their idea to life. As a designated Hult Prize Campus, students of all majors are invited to this workshop where organizers will review the challenge topic, facilitate team selection and conduct a design thinking workshop to get participants to start brainstorming solutions. This year’s challenge is identifying solutions for Youth Unemployment.

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RAIN Eugene Pub Talk: Intro to Blockchain & Cryptoassets                              6-8pm              Location: The Davis

Sponsored by RAIN Eugene

Words like blockchain, bitcoin and cryptocurrency started infiltrating financial news headlines several years ago, and these days, they’re all the buzz. But for many people, the terms remain a mystery shrouded in a cloud of technical and financial jargon.  UO finance professor Steve McKeon has become a national expert on the topic. He has appeared on CNBC and in The Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday, November 13

Founder Networking Meetup                                                                                6-7pm                     Location: Lillis 132

Sponsored by the UO Innovation & Entrepreneurship Club

Have a business or nonprofit idea? Or maybe you have technical skills and want to work with others on their idea. Join us for this informal networking event where students with entrepreneurial interests can connect with one another. We will have a short ‘How to Pitch’ presentation for those interested in competing in Thursday’s Elevator Pitch Competition with a cash purse of $1,000!  Click on the link below to learn more how you can compete (open to all UO students).

Elevator Pitch Competition

Wednesday, November 14

Campus Academic Advisor Luncheon                                                                12-12:45pm         Location: Chiles 125

Sponsored by the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

All campus academic advisors are welcome to attend this info-sharing luncheon to learn more about the new Entrepreneurship Minor, open to all undergraduate students, launching this winter term.  Reservations are requested to attend.


Thursday, November 15


Startup Coffee Meetup                                                                                 9-11am        Location: 942 Olive Street

Sponsored by RAIN Eugene

Join us at 942 Olive St for free morning coffee. After brief introductions, local entrepreneurs and interested others will have the chance to meet and network. Anyone is welcome to attend!  Our coffee is from the Equiano Coffee Company and is delivered hot and fresh by Cascade Couriers for your enjoyment!  Note that this is a meetup where we are trying to connect startups with others who can help them. This is not a ‘leads’ networking event. If you are a service provider looking for clients, this is not the place to do it.





Startup Week Market Research Open Hours                                         1-3pm          Location: Knight Library 147A

Sponsored by the Knight Library

Startup market research is notoriously difficult. The UO’s Business Librarian, Genifer Snipes, will be holding open hours to discuss research strategies and resources with current & would-be entrepreneurs at the UO.





Entrepreneur-In-Residence Open Hours                                                   3-5pm                    Location: Lillis 345

Sponsored by the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

Have a business idea and want to get some feedback? UO alum and serial entrepreneur, John Dimmer, will be on hand to talk to students, faculty/staff and community members about their ventures. Information shared is confidentially held. Sign up to meet with Mr. Dimmer here.






Funding Perspectives from Investors and Startup Founders              6-7:30pm                    Location: Lillis 262

Sponsored by RAIN Eugene, the Coast 2 Crest Fund and the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

Join us for this roundtable discussion on early-stage fundraising sources for startups and university spinouts. The funding discussion will be followed by a an Elevator Pitch competition where students will pitch live for cash prizes. Panelists include:

  • Joe Maruschak, Executive Director, RAIN Eugene and Managing Director, Coast 2 Crest Fund
  • Shane Johnson, Managing Director, Coast 2 Crest Fund and Mentor-In-Residence, RAIN Eugene
  • Moderated by Spencer Holton, founder and CEO of Trail Supply Co. and Analyst, Coast 2 Crest Fund
Elevator Pitch Competiton

Friday, November 16

Tour of the UO Innovation Hub                                               10-11am                   Location: 942 Olive Street

Sponsored by RAIN Eugene

Join us for a tour of the UO Innovation Hub, a collaborative space that houses the UO Product Design program, the Tyler Invention Greenhouse and RAIN Eugene, the local entrepreneurial accelerator. RAIN Eugene Executive Director Joe Maruschak will provide an overview of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Student and community entrepreneurs will be on hand to share their stories and help participants get connected to university and community entrepreneurial resources.




Knight Campus Innovation Panel Luncheon Discussion     12-1:30pm                Location: EMU Redwood Room

Sponsored by the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact and the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation

As part of UO Startup Week, the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact and the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation will host a luncheon panel discussion with UO faculty who are actively engaged in the impact cycle, moving academic research findings into the commercial arena, and in some cases back to academic research laboratories. Panelists will include Bob Guldberg (vice president and executive director of the Knight Campus), Janis Weeks (professor emerita of biology, and co-founder and chief global health officer of NemaMetrix), Michael Marusich (former UO researcher, founder of mAbDx, Inc., and cofounder of MitoSciences), and Eric Johnson (associate professor of biology and member of the Institute of Molecular Biology), and moderated by Andrew Nelson (associate professor of management, Stewart Distinguished Professor, associate vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation, and academic director of the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship).   Join us for a lively discussion on how to leverage the relationship between research and commercial engagement while enjoying a catered lunch. Please register to reserve your seat and to provide an accurate headcount for catering.


Innovation Partnership Services                                      4-5pm                     Location: EMU Falling Sky Brewery

Dr. David Peyton, co-founder of DesignMedix, a spinout from Portland State University now doing clinical trials of anti-malarial drugs, will speak on the (long) journey as a faculty founder in the biological space.  Refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, November 17

Outside the Block Conference                                            9am-5pm               Location: Benson Hotel, Portland

Sponsored by the Oregon Blockchain Club
As the Oregon Blockchain Club’s inaugural conference. Outside the Box aims to bring a wide range of unique industry perspectives together with students in a dynamic event, highlighting the future of the budding blockchain ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest. We will be hosting speakers from Intel, Microsoft, Public Market, and inviting students from a number of universities. This will be a great opportunity for everyone, from businesses wondering how blockchain applies to them to students looking for career opportunities, to learn about the ecosystem from the corporate drivers, lean disruptors, and student innovators. It will be a great event, and we hope to see you all there!
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