Proudly Oregonian, ONAMI’s model of mentoring and funding has been frequently cited as a national example for innovation-based economic development and regional collaboration.
Oregon has a history of attracting risk takers: brave souls looking to blaze their own trails. This pioneering spirit set the stage for a cluster of high-tech companies that took up residence in the state in the 1940s, planting the seeds for future innovators.
By the 1990s, Oregon became home to the world’s most advanced small-tech, industrial research and development sites—earning the area the apt nickname, the Silicon Forest.
ONAMI was a logical next step. With the groundwork already laid in nanoscience and microtechnologies, the organization has been able to capitalize on the state’s other rich resources too: an affordable business climate, deep talent pools at regional universities, collaborative communities and a pervasive, pioneering spirit.
Today, brilliant researchers, leading technology firms, innovative startup companies and investors are making Oregon their home—building out the state’s impressive resume: