Charting a course for the year

As the RAIN Eugene Accelerator nears conclusion, founders turn their focus towards charting a course for the year ahead. As companies learn tips about building the right company to determining market size, the accelerator continues to position founders for success.

“We still have a lot to accomplish in the next 23 days before graduation,” says Bryan McClure, co-founder of Lawger, an online service to connect people to affordable legal help, “but we are prepared to go forward and excited about the chance to present our company to the community.”

Guest lectures from Nick Wiley, speaking on small business marketing, to Steve McKeon, speaking on legal and fundraising tips, will give companies the opportunity to find creative solutions to small business marketing and securing capital investment and revenue. In the coming weeks, founders will learn the skills necessary to identify adequate funding venues and hone in on key legal components for startup success.

“The final phase of the program is the most crucial part of the twelve weeks companies spend in the accelerator,” says Joe Maruschak, Chief Startup Officer and Director of the RAIN Eugene Accelerator, “It’s time for them to apply the knowledge they’ve learned and finalize a plan of action to capitalize on the momentum they’ve gained from their time in the accelerator.”

Founders will also be focusing on creating an action plan for their company to map out the upcoming year. With the SmartUps Pitch Event on September 30th, founders from the RAIN Eugene Accelerator program will be given the opportunity to present their business model to a gathering of business leaders, community members and possible investors.

Until then, the founders in the RAIN Eugene Accelerator Program will be busy learning, planning and preparing to present their companies to the world.

By Stephanie Imah