Smart-ups, the entrepreneurial support group in Eugene, is a local chapter of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) of Portland.
Creating a culture of entrepreneurs who are well-informed and connected is the beginning of a prosperous, sustainable community. By the work of many, our goal is to improve the climate for Oregon’s Willamette Valley emerging, growth-oriented companies using education, networking, and capital development resources.
NETWORKING | pub-talk events, socials, and start-up expos
CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT | angel and venture development + strategic partnerships
The Birth of SmartUps
Caroline Cummings (former CEO/co-founder of OsoEco) and Nathan Lillegard (CEO/co-founder of Floragenex) are entrepreneurs who were seeking to increase local opportunities that would connect them with peers, partners, mentors, continuing education, and investors. As a result – Smart-ups was born in February 2008.
Most great ventures are developed in partnership with other passionate people. The following organizations have been a vital part of the development and success of the SmartUps entrepreneur program.
Thanks to our Sponsors
We’d also like Forward Thinking, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and the Oregon Small Business Development Center.