In 2007, representatives from Hood River County, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and the Small Business Development Center @ Columbia Gorge Community College drove to the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network in Portland to talk about bringing some of OEN’s resources to the Gorge to help early stage growth companies. Hence, the first OEN PubTalk was held in the Gorge featuring a presentation on “What is Angel Investing?” In 2008, the Gorge Angel Investor Network (GAIN, LLC) was formed and the first Gorge Angel Conference was held.
In 2010 the Gorge Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (Gorge OEN), a stand alone 501 ( c ) 3 non profit chapter of OEN was established.
In 2013 Gorge Innoventure, the first Business Accelerator in the Gorge, a dba of Gorge OEN, was established next to the Port of Hood River office.
Gorge OEN dba Gorge Innoventure score card from 2007 to present:
- 65 events
- 2 Accelerator Boot Camps
- 6 Angel Conferences
- 86 Companies assisted
- Combined 1843 participants
- $880K investment made by the Gorge Angel Investor Network (GAIN LLC).
The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network is a Founder Sponsor of Gorge Innoventure providing ongoing support and expertise.