Starve Ups was Oregon's first startup accelerator, is still its only scalerator, and has been built upon its cornerstone of "proven peer mentoring for founders", which is exactly what Starve Ups stands for, excels at, and focuses on as a group.  Starve Ups was launched by founders, and is solely for founders, of innovative and disruptive startups in all industries.  The group works tirelessly to statistically change the game for founders and to make their startups exponentially more successful in a more efficient and effective ecosystem.

Since its founding on October 15, 2000, Starve Ups has been the accelerator to 145 startup member companies, in 18 different industries, from all around Oregon and SW Washington.  Of those 145 Starve Ups companies, 79% are still in business, nearly 55% have raised angel and/or VC rounds of funding, and 22 of our membership companies have been positively mergered, acquired or have gone public.  

To date, the Starve Ups membership companies have collectively raised $497M in angel and VC capital.  And the enterprise value, at the time of the 22 exit events of Starve Ups companies, was $823M for investors and shareholders.
 The success rate of Starve Ups literally flips the national averages where after 8 years 83% to 86% of all startups fail, just over 14% successfully raise angel and VC funding, and just over 4% positively exit.  

It is simple, the end-to-end full lifecycle approach, known as a scalerator, of Starve Ups is to support each of our membership companies to SURVIVE the R&D and launch phase, to STRIVE to profitability and expansion, and to THRIVE to their positive exit or existence.  Today, over a decade and a half later, Starve Ups companies are 6 times more likely to stay in business, 4 times more likely to garner angel and VC funding, and are now 4 times more likely to be acquired via a positive exit than other startups nationally...all without taking equity or charging a single fee.



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Starve Ups Events
Starve Ups hosts a number of free events throughout the year, both public and private for membership companies. If you are a local entrepreneur in need of some community support, please check out our event calendar to see the latest events, hot seats and celebrations.

Starve Ups was founded on October 15, 2000 by a group of founders, from seven Oregon-based startup companies, as the state's first accelerator dedicated to helping founders of startups create successful sustainable businesses via optimized proven peer mentoring.


Starve Ups Launch Pad is an annual event where as many as 75 new startups go through a 3 day intensive event run by founders for founders. The event begins with an amazing keynote speaker on Friday night, along with 20 second pitches by all of the founders.