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Boot camp aids start-ups

Getting Ready for Investment is the theme of the OEN Gorge Accelerator Boot Camp which is accepting applications for sessions this fall.

The boot camp helps growth companies get resources they need to be successful. In eight intensive sessions, selected companies will learn how to structure, plan, develop and manage their businesses, and prepare to effectively present their business for funding opportunities.

The program will include a mentor assigned to each company and a team of coaches who will cover the basics of launching a company. Mentors and coaches are seasoned entrepreneurs willing to share experience and knowledge.

Topics at the boot camp will include market validation, market sizing, competitive analysis, understanding sustainable competitive advantage, financial projections, building a team and presenting to investors.

Gorge Accelerator Boot Camp is supported by the Oregon Entrepreneuers Network, the Oregon Community Foundation and the Port of Hood River. For applications, contact Robin Cope at


Mary Merrill


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