Starve Ups is Oregon’s Scalerator, made up solely of a community of startup founders. Formed in 2000 we provide proven peer mentoring for founders to help our members scale at all three defining stages of the startup lifecycle, from inception to acquisition.
Unlike a conventional accelerator, this is not a short training course followed up by voluntary ‘alma mater’ and alumni-based support. It is a full-on, always-on, end-to-end, ‘whole business life cycle’ (and beyond) partnership, based on guaranteed mutual support. They even have a post-exit investment strategy.
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Over the past 17 years, Starve Ups members have consistently and exponentially outperformed national averages for startup companies.
More likely to secure funding
More likely to stay in business
Active participation by members
More likely to exit
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Each year we accept a new Class of companies in January to join our scalerator for zero cost and zero equity, only with the expectation they will pay their mentorship forward. We believe the most important factor in a startup’s success is the character of its founders. While our member companies span 18 verticals, all of our founders are united by three common traits:
A life that feels incomplete if they don't found their company
An all in dedication to their company’s success
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Starve Ups hosts a series of events designed to engage entrepreneurs and broaden their knowledge and expertise. Many events are open to the public. You can learn more about upcoming events in our events calendar.View Events
Starve Ups was founded in October 2000 by a group of first time founders, from seven Oregon-based startup companies, as Oregon's first startup accelerator. In attendance were the founders of what became the startups knowns as AssetExchange, CoolerEmail, eROI, Rumblefish, VIA, Versation and wired.MD.
Starve Ups Eugene was founded in December of 2013 by a group of founders, from ten Oregon-based startup companies including: Arcimoto, BT Biotech, Dyscover.me, Dune Sciences, Light Dance, Manage My Co-op, MxResearch, NemaMetrix, Organik and Red Duck Foods.
Starve Ups Bend was founded in September 2017 by a group of founders solely from Oregon-based startup companies. The founding members of the chapter are to be announced in January 2018 as a part of the newest Class.