Regional Accelerator Innovation Network
What is RAIN?
The Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network (RAIN) is an Oregon consortium of government, higher education, and the business community. RAIN was founded by Oregon'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 and mid-Coast region.
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 www.oregonrain.org.
The RAIN Eugene accelerator is located at 942 Olive Street. The building itself exemplifies RAIN Eugene’s collaborative environment. In 2015, the City of Eugene and the UO joined forces to renovate the 1909 structure, and RAIN Eugene is now co-located there with two UO programs: the Tyler Invention Greenhouse and the Product Design Launch Lab. Once an under-used space, the fully renovated structure is now a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship for the southern Willamette Valley.
To apply for space, join the innovation network, or learn more about RAIN visit raineugene.org.
- Connect South Willamette Valley businesses, capital and mentors with government, community members and higher education to accelerate the formation and growth of new technology businesses
- Develop two Accelerator programs that identify, evaluate, support, and transform technology-based concepts into new high growth companies; and develop space for the new companies to support their growth
- Create a seamless ecosystem for innovation in the South Willamette Valley