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RAIN at the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon has a huge scope of formal and informal programs that support innovation and entrepreneurship on campus. Cutting edge research and resources to support the development of new enterprises and businesses flourish across disciplines.

RAIN @ UO connects those resources so that students, faculty and staff can more easily locate and access information, support and potential collaborators. In addition to strengthening internal connections, RAIN @ UO bridges the campus community and the greater Eugene/Springfield area through association with the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN).

Here you can find information about:

What is RAIN?


The Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network (RAIN) is an Oregon consortium of entrepreneurs, government, higher education, and the business community. RAIN was founded by Governor John Kitzhaber’s Regional Solutions network and funded by the 77th Oregon State Legislative Assembly to advance the formation of high-growth innovative startup companies throughout the South Willamette Valley.

In coordination with the cities of Corvallis and Eugene, as well as communities throughout the region, RAIN is partnered with two 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

What do I do next?


RAIN @ UO is about being involved and being connected. Let us know that you want to be a part of entrepreneurship and innovation on campus! Complete one of our self-identificaiton forms so you can get connected to the RAIN @ UO community:

Stay connected with the RAIN network in Eugene and across the state by visiting, the home of our accelerator program, and by signing up for StartUp Eugene, the newsletter of the Eugene/Springfield entrepreneurial community.


Andrew J. Nelson

Associate Professor of Management
Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation