The OTBC VIP is an online incubation for entrepreneurs and startups that combines workshops with mentoring to provide entrepreneurs with practical, step-by-step information on how to start a company. The next 8 week live sequence coming in 2022.
VIP is 8 weeks of online training (1 workshop a week) that provides step-by-step guidance for entrepreneurs who are starting small businesses and growth companies. Our goal is to provide practical, how-to information focusing on best practices for validating a business model and starting a company.
Because when you start a company, you want to focus, follow best practices, and not become overwhelmed. In other words, you want to maximize your odds of success. Based on our 30 years of experience working both in startups and mentoring startups, VIP show you step-by-step best practices for validating your value proposition and your business model, developing a financial plan, protecting your company and your intellectual property, creating a practical strategy for funding your startup, and developing a go-to-market plan.
VIP is for entrepreneurs and startups who are starting a growth business. What does “growth business” mean? It means a business that intends to sell a product or service not just locally, but regionally, nationally or even internationally
This is new! We’re working with partners to create seed funds in each of their regions so we can offer VIP graduates an opportunity to apply for seed funding for entrepreneurs in these counties:
For entrepreneurs and startups in rural Oregon we can offer a drastically reduced price thanks to a grant from the Janette G. Drew Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. Entrepreneurs in rural Oregon can register for the entire VIP program for a single payment of $79. What do we define as “rural Oregon”? We have a simple definition: entrepreneurs in Oregon who live east of Gresham, south of Wilsonville, or west of Hillsboro.
For entrepreneurs anywhere other than rural Oregon, the cost for the complete program $249.
Whether you’re in rural Oregon or not, this is money well spent for an entrepreneur incubation program that you can participate in from anywhere!
It was an excellent series of sessions. I learned a tremendous amount. It was amazing. The fact that it’s online is extremely helpful.
The sessions covered a nice range of topics. You didn’t go too shallow; you didn’t go too deep either. It was enough to familiarize me with what I have to do for me next few steps. I thought you did a great job.
I found the breadth of topics very useful… There were topics that I didn’t know that I didn’t know. I’ve been really grateful for the opportunity to participate.
OTBC is a non-profit bricks-and-mortar incubator in Beaverton, Oregon. Since 2005, OTBC has been helping entrepreneurs identify and attain their goals at whatever stage they are at, whether it’s validating a market, developing a strategy, developing and executing on a funding plan, or dealing with the challenges of managing and growing a start-up. To do that, OTBC provides mentoring, flexible office space, workshops, networking, and more. OTBC is located in Beaverton, with easy access from Highway 217, free parking, and convenient access to mass transit.
OTBC was recognized by the Portland State University Oregon Founders Study as having the most effective mentoring program in the state. Our residents at the OTBC incubator have gone on to raise more than $60 million in funding and create more than 200 jobs. We’re also investors, investing in 5 startups each year, so we’ve experienced startups both as entrepreneurs and as investors, giving us a broad perspective on startup challenges.
Jim McCreight is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for OTBC.He has helped found six companies over the past 35 years. He was formerly the President of the Museum Trustee Association, a non-profit working to educate and train museum board members in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to MTA Jim was with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network for nine years where he helped hundreds of entrepreneurs start companies. Jim continues as a volunteer for OEN, served as Chair of the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce and Beaverton Arts Commission, and currently serves as a Trustee on the Maryhill Museum of Art and The High Desert Museum boards. He is a graduate of Portland State University.
Steve Morris is the Executive Director of OTBC. He is a veteran of three investor-funded start-ups and two business-unit startups inside larger companies, and has more than 25 years of management experience in the software, service, and semiconductor test industries at companies such as Hewlett Packard, Integrated Measurement Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, Credence Corporation and Teseda Corporation. With hands-on startup CEO/founder experience, he has a broad understanding of startup issues, and an excellent ability to explain even complex startup topics in clear, easy-to-understand way. He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Reed College and a Masters of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration (now The Tepper School of Business).
Together, Jim and Steve have more than 30 years of experience working in and with startups and investing in startups – and have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs start and grow companies. Over the last few years they have applied their startup experience to develop the entrepreneur curriculum for VIP and a number of practical VIP startup tools.