RAIN Eugene Welcomes Sixth Class of Startups to Accelerator Program

Startup accelerator delivers collaborative process to help participants in the development of emerging businesses by providing access to dedicated mentors, inspired peers, resources and work space

Today, RAIN Eugene announced the selection of a new class of startups to the RAIN Eugene Accelerator, an annual, 16-week program that offers intense training and mentoring to early growth-stage companies in and around Eugene, Oregon. Known as a “Cohort,” the new group of startups will participate in a collaborative environment that was specifically designed to establish viable companies that generate jobs, wealth and opportunities for the region.

Selected through a competitive application process, the nine companies that form the sixth class of the RAIN Eugene Accelerator represent the diverse startup ecosystem that has taken root in the Eugene-Springfield area over the last couple of years. The nine startup companies participating in the RAIN Eugene Accelerator program include:

  • Realize Robotics Designs and manufactures machine vision systems, cameras, and robotic equipment. A division of Realize LLC.
  • VaaS Technologies, Inc. — Developing a blockchain-based platform to reduce fraud in luxury consumer products by verifying the authenticity and ownership of physical assets with digital identities.
  • Attend is an online platform linking clients with professional-grade movement instructors. Attend clients receive real-time personalized or group movement classes like Pilates, Yoga, and Tai-Chi, in the privacy of their home or wherever WiFi is present.
  • Spectra Insight Designs, manufactures and sells scanning spectrometers for the forensic, pharmaceutical, art artifact and vegetation industries.
  • Tutor Tree — A private tutor marketplace that aims to reduce the frustration and time involved with arranging a tutoring session. By connecting tutors and students efficiently and reliably through an easy-to-use mobile application, the company strives to aid students in their challenging coursework.
  • Sohr Foods — Makes fresh alternatives to familiar food and beverage products and each is made functional and delicious with ingredients that impact the Pacific Northwest.
  • Song Foo is a live music licensing app offering an alternative to long-term blanket-licensing, allowing musicians and DJ’s to self-license their performances on-demand, anywhere, anytime.
  • Algotek is a plastic replacement company using algae-based polymers to create products that are 100% biodegradable and safe for the environment from the raw materials to disposal.
  • FluoroSense, LLC. developing next-generation magnetic bioimaging of oxidative protein medications for NMR and MRI fingerprinting. Applications include basic biochemical research, animal models, and eventual study and diagnosis of human diseases.

Joe Maruschak, chief startup officer, RAIN Eugene, said: “We seek to connect companies and entrepreneurs, mentors and investors in order to create a network of talented and dedicated individuals that supports the startup community in the Eugene-Springfield area. This year’s cohort brings together a group of entrepreneurs that are as diverse as our community. I am thrilled to welcome them to the program and I look forward to seeing them grow and thrive in the coming months.”

About RAIN Eugene
RAIN Eugene connects the local innovation ecosystem around the University of Oregon and the cities of Eugene and Springfield with the entrepreneurial community to create high impact, innovative, traded-sector companies that can grow and thrive in our community.