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The role of accelerators in Portland

Marisa

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recent article from Oregon Business Magazine (OBM) highlights the fact that it's not just startups booming here in Portland. It's also startup accelerators. OBM spotlights four new accelerators launching this spring: Nike+ Accelerator, Oregon State University's Venture Accelerator, Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute Bioscience Incubator, and finally, the Headwaters Farm Incubator.

But the article also questions the accelerator boom, pointing out that not all startups will succeed. While that may be true, startups – and accelerators – are now an integral part of Portland's business ecosystem. These accelerators are producing a steady feed of high-quality, enthusiastic startups that might not have otherwise considered launching in Portland. We look forward to meeting these graduates and talking to them about their next steps. 

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