City of Albany partners with RAIN to offer start-up program
RAIN is taking on a new meaning for entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts in the mid-Willamette Valley.
The City of Albany, in collaboration with the Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN), will host the Startup Albany Meet-up from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at Brick & Mortar Café, 222 First Avenue W. Attendees will meet other individuals who are starting companies and/or helping entrepreneurs launch and grow businesses. The meet-up is free to attend; and coffee and tea will be provided. For more information, including registration, visit: http://bit.ly/Albany-RAIN-Meetup1.
"Cultivating our entrepreneurs is essential to a strong regional economy," said Kate Porsche, Albany Economic Development and Urban Renewal Director. "We are thrilled to partner with Oregon RAIN on this initiative because we have seen this program act as a catalyst for entrepreneurs in communities very similar to ours."
"We've had a lot of success introducing the RAIN model in other areas of the state, and Albany certainly has the infrastructure to support and sustain that energy," said Caroline Cummings, Venture Catalyst for RAIN. "There's commercial industry, it's a short drive from an outstanding accelerator program in Corvallis, and there's new excitement for Downtown Albany living and commerce."
Two more collaborative events are scheduled: a call of interest on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, where people will learn how to launch a new venture in Albany and how to engage the city's startup activities; and a startup seminar on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
"This program is part of our larger economic development efforts in Albany," Porsche said. "I am excited about this new focus on entrepreneurs and their emerging businesses. The goal is to bring together all the necessary pieces of a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem which includes entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, government, and elected officials."
About Oregon RAIN
RAIN is a state and regionally funded consortium of government, higher education, and business communities in Lane, Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties. It helps to advance entrepreneurship through programs that lead to innovation, mentorship, and investment in high-growth companies.
In coordination with the Cities of Corvallis and Eugene and communities throughout the region, RAIN is partnered with two business accelerators to create a collaborative environment to assist entrepreneurs in establishing viable companies that generate jobs, wealth, and opportunities for the region. RAIN Corvallis is served by the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator. The RAIN Eugene Accelerator is a partnership between the University of Oregon and the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information about RAIN, visit www.oregonrain.org.