Saturday, November 27, 2010

Innovative Willamette Night will feature local entrepreneurship

By: Nancy Raskauskas | Posted the | October 21, 2010 | Comments off

CORVALLIS - innovation comes in many forms: robots save life batteries microbial fuel, lubricants plant-based, adhesive carbonated fruit and wear clothing that fits your lifestyle.

These are among the ideas are fueling business start-up in Oregon, which will be presented to the Willamette innovators Night (WiN), November 11 at the Oregon State University.Mélange research, creativity and business event is more large annual gathering of entrepreneurs and the "creative class" Willamette Valley, said Mark Van Patten, Chairman of the Planning Committee and Director of the Business Solutions Group in the College of business at the USO.

"Start-ups from the collaboration between the University, investors and creative thinkers are our best hope of boosting the Oregon economy", said Van Patten.

The event is free and open to the p.Eng will be held at the LaSells Stewart and CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

At 1 p.m., two entrepreneurs from Portland with experience in the promotion of innovative companies will deliver a keynote address: "" the spirit of enterprise and innovation - overcoming challenges and value of Peer Mentoring.""John Friess and Ryan Buchanan of subsequent Starve will present lessons learned through their network of 22 membres.Wendy Strgar winner of the Willamette Angel Conference, which supports new local with seed, capital business entrepreneurs will discuss the creation of his company, good clean love.

Due to these manifestations of the entrepreneurial base will be:

-A meeting of City Hall (2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.): "" leadership in economic development: where It Come from? ".led by integration, a local partnership with plan targeted economic prosperity.

-An exhibition of innovation (4-7 hours) for companies, researchers and to connect, business development groups share ideas and collaborate on projects in progress.

-Workshops on innovation in wood products led by Steve Killgore company Calvert, nanotechnology directed by Tomm Aldridge of energy and the family business run by Sheri Noxel of OSU Austin Family Business program.

-At 7 a.m., Spark! Corvallis, a chance for students to share their creative business ideas.

-At 7.30, Ignite! Corvallis, quick presentations on new ideas and potential fuel for the next new adventure.

"Victory creates a space for talent and creative energy to come together," said Van Patten. "The enthusiasm and connections stimulate new partnerships and business ideas that continue throughout the year it is all about creating a culture that promotes and supports economic development and the quality of life.

More than 1,000 people attended event last year, including entrepreneurs from Portland and Eugene.

Organizers include USOS, Association of Oregon software and with the sponsorship of an increasing number of companies in Oregon.Ils Corvallis-Benton Chamber coalition include HP, Silverman Studios, Internet PEAK Samaritan Health Services, Coelo Design, point natural Business Enterprise Center, Chris Nordyk from State Farm Insurance company.
-Nick Houtman, Oregon State University

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