funding programs

ONAMI’s Commercialization Funding Programs provide critical support to early-stage technologies and companies connected to Oregon university researchers or facilities. Whether you’re a new entrepreneur, established small business or Oregon university researcher pursuing a breakout opportunity, we can help with options to help fund your momentum.

LAUNCH FUNDING (New in 2015!)

ONAMI Launch Funding (Pre-Gap) is an early-stage program for ONAMI Members with an idea that has commercial value and who intend to form a company within the next year. The maximum is $75,000. The funding is to help refine and/or validate the proof-of-concept and assist in optimal company formation.


Gap Funding

When your research yields breakthrough ideas, it can be tough to attract angel, venture or strategic investment without a proof of concept. ONAMI gap funding bridges that void with up to $250,000* for Oregon university-startup company collaborations to help you develop and test a product prototype, demonstrate a cost-effective fabrication process or cross the gap between current status and key customer requirements.

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Follow-On Funding (not through ONAMI)

If you’ve already seen your project through and need help getting—or staying—in the market, you’ll want to review our list of other potential funding sources, including venture capital groups, government agencies and campus resources such as university accelerators and venture development funds.

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Need help? Contact us at Jay Lindquist or by phone at 503-522-7031.

* All gap funding goes through universities, although subcontracts to the collaborating/beneficiary company are allowed where this makes sense (in most cases it does) for project task execution. To be considered for funding, collaborative Oregon university-company applicant teams must demonstrate a high-growth potential business opportunity and outline a collaborative project involving an ONAMI member researcher (whom we may be able to help identify) or extensive use of an ONAMI-affiliated shared user facility at one of our partner organizations.

* ONAMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded by the State of Oregon Economic Development Department.