Thank You Mentors!

The Eugene Regional Accelerator would like to thank all of our mentors,

We appreciate all that you are doing.

There have been a few questions about why there were so many people in the ID8 cohort. Our experience over the last few years tells us that being exclusively focused on scalable traded sector companies very early in our client funnel excludes many in our community that are interested in entrepreneurship. The Eugene Regional Accelerator’s values of hospitality, diversity, and inclusivity dictate that we accept a broader class of potential businesses.  Our goal is to raise the level of community entrepreneurship for these very early stage companies to have a welcoming and hospitable place to gain the information, skills, and connections to be successful.  This is also why we take any meeting with all potential entrepreneurs and have Open Mentor Hours.

The Eugene Regional Accelerator’s principle mission of serving scalable traded sector startups is still intact.  Our local startup ecosystem is still very young and undeveloped, so by fostering early-stage companies that may at some point become businesses that fit the principle mission of the Eugene Regional Accelerator is strategically important for the Eugene/Springfield entrepreneurial startup ecosystem to grow. Once businesses or entrepreneurs are activated we will connect them with the appropriate resources they need(SBDC, SCORE, the sector strategists, Workforce Partnership, City of Eugene Loan Programs, Community Lending Works and other organizations as needed).  They will always be part of our community and we will always support them but if they do not fit our mission we will direct them to more appropriate sources of help.

Sincerely,
Shane Johnson