How accessible is startup funding in Oregon? University of Oregon releases Oregon Capital Scan: A Line is Drawn

Over the past few years, the chorus of Portland tech startups bemoaning a lack of access to capital has receded a bit. Because some of the problem that plagued startups of previous generations has been resolved with local funding resources. And a great deal more has been resolved by companies finding capital outside of the state. But what is the availability of capital in Oregon, these days? Is it improving? The Oregon Capital Scan aims to answer that question.

A number of constituencies will benefit from the information in this report. It was written with the primary intention of helping to educate entrepreneurs and growth company leaders with respect to the variety and scale of capital sources currently available in the State. It is not uncommon for those seeking to enter the capital markets as an entrepreneur to possess a limited understanding of where capital can be found. We, the authors, assert that this knowledge gap leads to a level of perceived risk uncertainty that inhibits company formation and growth. This report is not intended to instruct entrepreneurs in the skills required to secure funding, rather it is intended as a catalog of source data to enlighten as to the many different types of capital available.

They took a look at everything from traditional funding mechanisms to accelerators to crowdfunding. It’s a pretty hefty document. But it’s an interesting read—or at least a quick scan.

To download the report as a PDF, visit Oregon Capital Scan: A Line is Drawn.

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