Accelerating Oregon

We believe that the support and growth of Oregon’s consumer product industries will create sustainable, inclusive, and innovative job growth

About the Accelerator

We started Built Oregon with the simple vision –  to make Oregon the leader in consumer product innovation and development. But becoming a leader requires laying the foundations of support, knowledge and resources upon which companies can engage.

Built Oregon is launching the country’s first not for profit consumer product accelerator in Oregon.

And what does ‘not for profit’ accelerator mean? It means there are no equity or strings attached to the participation in the program. We believe the value in investing time and resources into early stage companies, ones that are developing innovative new products and impacting their communities,  is the difference we can collaboratively make.  

Interested in applying? Great. See the link below.

Have some questions? See the Accelerator FAQ below

Interested in tapping into your knowledge to support the next generation of consumer products companies in Oregon? Great. See the mentor form here.

Built Accelerator Program FAQ

What stage company are we looking to work with?

We are risk takers and not afraid of diving in and helping early stage companies through the Built network at any time. For the accelerator program, we are looking to engage  companies with ideally $125K-$1MM in revenue. Don’t hit that revenue mark, but getting close? Have an awesome product you think is compelling enough for us to take on? Go ahead and fill out the application. 

What do we consider a consumer product?

Food and beverage. Apparel, outdoor, and footwear. Health and beauty. Home accessories. Pet products. Our belief is that if you are selling a product to a consumer, you are a consumer product.  We also believe that the diversity of the products is a positive attribute within Oregon and want that to be expressed in the accelerator.

Are there certain criteria that we look for in companies?

Company based in or moving to Oregon. Commitment to being inclusive from a company and product standpoint. A passion around the products you are creating and a core belief in wanting to build a responsible company. Fired up and ready to grow.

Are there strings attached?

Nope. Zero. We are working hard to build a founder friendly accelerator that does not cost anything and takes zero equity from the program companies. We will look to leverage our community and social capital, including access to mentors and resources. Our goal is your financial gain, not ours.

Are we considering only applicants from the Portland Metro area?

No. From the outset, we want to launch and evolve this program with the entire state in mind. Working with our partners throughout Oregon – we will work with you,  where you are at. Simply put, we want to support the risk takers and dreamers who are building unique and innovative brands throughout Oregon. 

What kind of non-financial support are you going to give these businesses?

Our focus is around building a deep and diverse mix of industry experts that can help our cohort companies grow. Areas of focus:

  • Finance and Operations
  • Branding
  • Sales Channels and Retail Partnerships
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Manufacturing and Production
  • Fundraising
  • If Applicable: Food Safety and Regulations
  • Sustainability
  • Direct to Consumer Strategies
  • Supply Chain
  • Human Resources and Talent Recruitment/Management
  • How to Create a Responsible Company

In addition to the above, companies will be given access to mentors and a statewide community of peers and organizations.

What is the program duration?

The Built Accelerator is slated to run approximately 16 weeks and will start in May 2019.

What is the time commitment & expectations?

As a participant in the Built Accelerator you will be expected to:

  • Participate in weekly check ins with the accelerator leads
  • Attend (in-person or via video) weekly educational sessions
  • Be committed to meeting with mentors on a regular basis based on your company’s specific needs
  • Participate in monthly cohort family dinners/gatherings
  • Participate in the Built Festival  – Fall 2019