Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network

University of Oregon

A University of Oregon alumnus has created a 300,000 dollar endowment to help student entrepreneurs at the University pursue their business startups.

Paul Anthony Troiano is a music entrepreneur, artist and producer. He started his first successful business called "Rumblefish" while studying at the U of O thanks to a backer who invested in his company. Now Troiano wants to "pay it forward" with the RAINMaker fund, designed to help students to grow their small businesses.

Meeting Date: May 30th, 2014
Air Date: June 2, 2014

Last summer, the Oregon legislature approved $3.5 million seed funding for the South Willamette Valley Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN). RAIN’s goal is economic development for our area, which is slowly making the transition from a dependence on natural resources to a knowledge-based economy.