WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced, after reviewing more than 800 applications, the 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. The recipients represent 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
"The SBA is empowering accelerators and startups that are on the cutting edge of successful, innovative new endeavors," said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. (Full Article Here)
"It is truly a testament to the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in Oregon that there are two recipients of the Growth Accelerator Fund competition here in the state,” said Portland District Director Camron Doss. “Having two distinct geographic regions in the District served by this funding is great news and will prove impactful."
MEMS Industry Group, Sustainable Valley and Rogue Valley Microdevices, team up in 2014 to award this year's MEMS Executive Congress Pitch Winner with an iGrant award, valued at over $150,000 toward the commercialization of their technology. The iGrant winning company will receive access to a state of the art MEMS foundry and professional engineers, business development tools and mentors, government grant assistance and networking with potential partners and investors.
Designed to help researchers with brilliant ideas see those ideas through to a finished product, the 2013 Sustainable Valley iGrant is a technology innovation grant to help researchers, entrepreneurs and engineers bring new technology or technology-based businesses to life. iGrant applications are open to researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs in the process of building technology start-up companies or designing new technology associated with the biotech or biomedical, MEMS and Nanotechnology fields.
iGrant recipients will have access to seminars, workshops and other business growth and development events. Part of the $175K iGrant is a $25K cash award to help the recipient’s implementation costs. iGrant recipients will also have access to student interns and helpful business school teams.
Jessica Gomez Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rogue Valley Microdevices, the first Microelectronics Manufacturing Company in Southern Oregon.A founding member of the Sustainable Valley Technology Group and serves as the organization’s board president. Jessica spent this past summer traveling to Salem on a regular basis to participate on the “Job’s And Economy Team” for Governor Kitzhaber’s 10 Year Outcome’s Based Budget.
John “Jay” H. Harland is a partner and principal with CSA Planning Ltd., Southern Oregon’s largest and most tenured land use consulting firm. He joined the firm in 2004. Mr. Harland has experience with long-range planning projects that often involve special studies, policy development and technical research, analysis and mathematical models.
Michael Lynch is the Managing Partner in the Medford office of Moss Adams LLP. Mike has 34 years of experience in public accounting. As a tax specialist, Mike concentrates primarily on business and tax planning for closely held companies and their owners. His areas of expertise include C-corporations, S-corporations, Partnerships/LLCs, and individuals focusing on comprehensive tax planning and compliance. .
Dr. Chris Maples, President of Oregon Tech, who became Oregon Institute of Technology’s sixth President in October 2008, believes that a large part of his job as president is to actively work and advocate for the students, faculty, and staff of Oregon Tech. Dr. Maples maintains open communication with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Oregon Tech, and schedules time to walk around all of the Oregon Tech campuses to visit with students, staff, and faculty. He has an open-door policy.
Cynthia Scherr, Founder of Scherr Management Consulting has more than 20 years’ experience working with businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations. Cynthia brings keen insight and a breadth of experience in addition to essential business tools and processes to accelerate achievement of the organization’s potential. Cynthia holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.
Joan McBee is a Professor and Interim Dean for the School of Business. In addition she coordinates the Bachelor of Applied Science in Management program and the Certificate in Interactive Marketing and e-Commerce. Joan also teaches marketing and business policy courses for the School of Business.