EDCO's Venture Catalyst Program
EDCO’s Venture Catalyst program was proposed in 2006 by local business leaders Dan Hobin and Nori Juba and championed by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. With Wyden’s help, a $232,750 federal appropriations grant was secured in late 2009 for a three-year pilot program to boost creation of new scalable traded-sector businesses in Central Oregon. Scott Larson, founder of investment firm Vashon Partners, served in the Catalyst role for the first year of the program. He was succeeded by Jim Coonan, a local entrepreneur, investor, and thought leader, from 2011 to 2013. Brian Vierra is the current Venture Catalyst manager.
The Venture Catalyst helps promising, scalable young companies through active coaching and guidance. A ‘Stable of Experts’ database extends that activity by pairing early stage companies with local volunteer technical, legal, financial and managerial talent.
Updated August 2014