An intensive cohort-based business support program for the PSU community

Applications closed for 2017-2018 period

  • Up to 40 hours of professional 1-on-1 consulting and advisory support with a BOP Business Advisor including technical assistance, strategic planning, and custom support based on business needs, and additional technical assistance from PSU student interns
  • Monthly cohort events with guest speakers, forum discussions, and networking opportunities
  • Bookkeeping system selection, setup, and training available
  • Quarterly Learn+Network events with subject matter guest speaker
  • Loan readiness and access to lending capital through partner organizations

Pre-qualifications for program eligibility

  • Business must be at least 50% owned by PSU Alumni, Students, or Staff
  • Business must be a for-profit business with established legal entity
  • Business must be located within the Greater Portland Metro Area (Oregon only)
  • Owner(s) are able to commit to working closely with an advisor and student interns throughout the program
  • Owner(s) are able to commit to participating in monthly cohort events

Priority selection will be given to the following:

  • Women, Minority, Immigrant/Refugee, Veteran, or LGBTQ owned Businesses
  • Low- to-moderate income business owners
  • Businesses with a social mission or strong sustainability element
  • Businesses already in operation and generating some revenue

Enrollment Fee:  $250-$1000 one-time fee (scale based on owner income -- financial assistance may be available)

 For more information, please contact: or call (503) 725-9820 

Applications closed for 2017-2018 period.

The Social Innovation Incubator is presented by Portland State University's Business Outreach Program and Impact Entrepreneurs in the School of Business. It is made available through a generous grant from the PSU Research & Strategic Partnerships, University Venture Development Fund (UVDF). 


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Construct Foundation is building a portfolio of partners and mutually reinforcing education initiatives to identify and support new models for teaching and learning, prioritizing K-12 students in Portland Metro’s underserved communities.

Lanyi Fan incubates locally-generated solutions and facilitates international relationships to address the high unemployment and environmental problems encroaching on existing livelihoods in West Africa.

The Pathways to Prosperity Initiative, a program of nonprofit Self Enhancement, Inc., provides at-risk urban youth and their families in the Portland area "with the knowledge, skills and support needed to leverage economic opportunities and increase financial capability."

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"Connecting to the Social Innovation Incubator opened up a community of practice within which we are able to refine our ideas, work on how we communicate our mission, and gain from the business experience of others. Social entrepreneurs really need that kind of concrete support network to fuel their vision for change."

--Anaïs Tuepker, co-founder of Preciva.