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At Oregon State, we work hard. We know we have to earn what we want. We come from a long line of people with grit – people who get results. We don’t rest on our accomplishments. We take on new challenges to innovate and build the futures we want.
With our work ethic and persistence, we are natural entrepreneurs. InnovationX, our emerging Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is a training ground for turning our focus on problem-solving into results and sustainable businesses.
Bosky Optics, founded by Matt Miner, is a company that sells customized wooden sunglasses. They partner with artists to design customized laser engraved wooden frames, which are now sold all over the world.
Ideation Station, founded by Moriah Shay and Steven Miller, works with low income and rural communities to implement a STEM-based experiential learning program that incorporates entrepreneurial curriculum and a mobile makerspace.
Shape is a digital marketing budget management platform founded by Chris Vlessis. Originally called SteadyBudget, Shape has grown to become one of the leaders in the online advertising management tools industry. While in the Austin Venture Lab, SteadyBudget acquired angel funding, and today they are headquartered in Bend, OR.
FormForge LLC was founded by Nathan Fuller and Andy Baldwin. FormForge builds large-scale 3d printers using robotic arms. They recently won 2nd place in the Nasa Mars Habitat Challenge, beating many competing companies and universities.