November 8-17, 2019

                                                                                                   

 

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 and across the Eugene/Springfield region. 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, November 8

Campus Academic Advisor Luncheon                       12:00-1:00pm         Location: Education 176

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 and Sustainability Minors available to all UO undergraduate students.   Reservations are requested from campus academic advisors only.

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Friday/Saturday, November 8, 9 & 10

Techstars Startup Weekend Eugene Food         6:30pm   Location: 150 Shelton McMurphy Blvd.

Sponsored by the Oregon Innovation Network

Do you have an idea for a food-related business? Techstars Startup Weekend allows you find a team, build a prototype and validate your idea over a 54-hour weekend-long event.  UO students receive a special $10 rate (which includes 7 meals) by registering with their UO email address and using the code ‘UODUCKS’.

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Monday, November 11

Founder Networking Meetup                                                      6:00-7:00pm                     Location: Lillis 132

Sponsored by the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

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 Application

Tuesday, November 12

Grand Opening of the Knight Library’s IDEA Space         2:00-4:00pm       Location: Knight Library Room 148

Sponsored by the Knight Library

The IDEA Space is a new multi-group collaborative space designed to encourage students to problem-solve, troubleshoot, and create new things. With all-mobile seating, whiteboards, and workspaces, the IDEA Space is where students can go to brainstorm and develop the project proposals, solutions, and the products brought to life in the campus’s makerspaces, classrooms, and events. Developed with input from the University Innovation Fellows and open whenever the Library is, come check it out during Startup Week 2019!

Tuesday, November 12

Learn about PitchBook: UO’s Newest Database           4:00-5:00pm       Location: Knight Library Dream Lab

Sponsored by the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship and the Knight Library

Pitchbook features real time data to research and analyze private and public companies, startup trends, private equity & venture capital financing deals, VC and PE investment funds, investors, and service providers across the entire private investment lifecycle. Learn how to effectively use it from Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship’s Program Manager Nathan Lillegard. Open to all faculty and students.

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Tuesday, November 12

Translational Research Funding Opportunities Mixer        4:00-5:30pm         Location: EMU Falling Sky

Sponsored by Innovation Partnership Services & Research Development Services

Please join Innovation Partnership Services and Research Development Services for an informal meet and greet to discuss funding opportunities, both internal and external, to support research with translational potential. Topics to be covered include the VPRI Translational Research Grant,  University Innovation Research Fund , and NSF supplement opportunities. RSVP is optional but appreciated to help forecast food ordering!

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    Tuesday, November 12

    Legal Fundamentals for Founders           5:30-6:30pm         Location:  Lillis Business Complex Room 440

    Sponsored by the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnership Services

    Learn what legal resources and actions you need to complete before launching a business and how to avoid expensive mistakes in the process.  A panel of legal experts will share best practices for founders when starting and growing a business. Panelists include:

    • Erik Priest, Associate Professor of Law, School of Law
    • Katherine L. Moyer, JD, Hershner Hunter
    • Jim Deane, Ph.D., MBA, CLP, Innovation Partnership Services (Moderator)

    Open to all UO students, faculty/staff and community members.

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    Wednesday, November 13

    Andrea Belz from the National Science Foundation       

    Presentation of NSF Resources                                                    9:00-10am   Location: EMU Coquille Room
    Research Presentation                                                                   1:30-3pm     Location: Lillis 440
    Sponsored by the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

    Dr. Andrea Belz joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) in May 2019 as the Division Director of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships. Previously, Andrea served as Vice Dean for Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering, as well as Entrepreneur-in-Residence of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She was previously a Visiting Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. From 2014 to 2019, Andrea was the Founding Director of Innovation Node-Los Angeles, a regional hub for the NSF I-Corps™ program. She has worked with many university startups and investors, most recently representing a major angel investing group on the board of a Caltech spinoff laser manufacturer until its acquisition in 2018. For nearly 20 years, Andrea has advised universities, corporations and other organizations on commercialization opportunities as managing member of the Belz Consulting Group. Her recent research has focused on technology ventures, from startups through publicly funded launch programs to private funding.

     

    Wednesday, November 13

    How to Get Your Product in the UO Duck Store           12:00-12:45pm                  Location: Chiles 125B

    Sponsored by the Lunquist Center for Entrepreneurship and the UO Duck Store

    Learn about the UO Duck Store’s Oregon Incubator, a one-of-a-kind partnership between the University of Oregon’s Brand Management Department and the UO Duck Store, which provides UO students and community members access to the UO license and the opportunity to sell unqiue products in the UO Duck Store. Chief Merchandising Officer Brian Wright will discuss the program and fellow Duck entrepreneurs will be on hand to describe how the Duck Store helped launch their business.  Pizza will be provided.  Open to all UO students, faculty/staff and community members.

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    Wednesday, November 13

    The Dropshipping Competition: Start a Dropshipping Business      6:00-7:00pm        Location: Lillis 262

    Sponsored by the Lunquist Center for Entrepreneurship 

    Drop shipping allows for one to sell straight from suppliers to customers without incurring the expense of holding inventory. To be successful, one needs to understand their customer segment and how to reach them through marketing channels. Join us as Student EIR Max Chung discusses how to start a dropshipping business and walk you through the steps of setting up your own.  Successful dropshipping founder Shaun Smerling will also be on hand to share best practices and tips on starting and growing a dropshipping business. For an added element of fun, enter our Dropshipping Competition and test your ability to make the most money with cash award prizes to the top three most successful entrants.  Open to all UO students, faculty/staff and community members.

     

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    Thursday, November 14

    Startup Week Market Research Open Hours          1:00-3:00pm        Location: Knight Library Idea Space 148

    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 University of Oregon.

     

     

     

    Thursday, November 14

    Funding Perspectives for Early-Stage Founders       5:00-7:30pm               Location: Gerlinger Lounge

    Sponsored by the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

    As an early-stage founder, understanding the startup funding landscape and best pathway to raising capital can be a real challenge. Join us as Coast to Crest Fund Managing Directors Shane Johnson and Joe Maruschak share their insights into how they think about fundraising and what they look for when supporting a startup.

    The Coast to Crest Fund supports early-stage Lane County startups through capital and mentorship. Their portfolio includes companies in the biotech, consumer product, enterprise and food and beverage space. The Coast to Crest Fund’s portfolio includes University of Oregon spinouts and alumni companies. 

    Stick around after the conversation, as we hold our annual UO Elevator Competition where eight UO students will pitch their venture idea for the opportunity to win a $1000 cash pool. Networking to follow. Food and beverage will be provided. Open to all UO students, faculty/staff and community members.

     

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    Friday, November 15

    Entrepreneur-In-Residence Open Hours                           10:00-12:00pm                    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.

     

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    Saturday, November 16

    3D Printing and CAD                                          2:00-3:00pm               Location: DeArmond Makerspace

    Sponsored by the Allan Price Science Commons & Research Library

    Learn to use Computer Assisted Design (CAD) to quickly sketch up and 3D print a box end wrench.  This workshop will introduce you to the world of CAD with a simple online tool that can allow you to make complex objects and tool.  We will 3D print the resulting tools!  Open to all UO students, faculty/staff and community members.

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