UO Foundation Seed Fund seeking investments

The newly established University of Oregon Foundation Seed Fund is looking for local investment opportunities in the Eugene-Springfield area. The first open pitch opportunity for this new funding resource will be held on Tuesday November 25th at 5:00 p.m. in the RAIN Eugene Accelerator space above the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce.

The UO Foundation Seed Fund plans to make initial investments of $20,000 to $75,000 in early-stage companies over the next three years with the ability to make follow-on investments. The fund was established with $500,000 from the Willamette Investment Pool.

Students from the Lundquist College of Business and the School of Law at the University of Oregon will manage the fund with guidance and support from Business Innovation Institute and the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship.

“We’ve seen that active participation in early-stage company evaluation and investment provides a high-value learning experience for our business students,” said John Hull, executive director of the Business Innovation Institute and the Lundquist College of Business’s assistant dean for Centers of Excellence in a story from the University of Oregon.

“We are confident that the UO Foundation Seed Fund will benefit the university and the greater community while providing a powerful learning experience that will differentiate our graduates.”

To pitch your idea at the event, send a one-page summary of your company to Nathan Lillegard, Program Manager for the UO Foundation Seed Fund, by Friday November 21st. Your submission is informational only, and will provide the organizers with a head’s up of who is coming.

Each company gets 6 minutes to present and will have 6 minutes for Q&A following the presentation. Nathan Lillegard, John Hull, and a team of students who are working with the fund on identifying and evaluating investment opportunities will represent the UO Foundation Seed Fund.

More information about the UO Foundation Seed Fund can be found on their Gust page.