Growing Innovation & Technology in Chehalem Valley

The purpose of the Chehalem Valley Innovation Accelerator (ChehalemVIA) is to accelerate success for regional startups and entrepreneurs, with a focus on technology-driven businesses. We provide:

  • Creative workspace with high-speed Internet at no charge – for full-time or transient occupancy
  • Prospective customers relationships
  • Industry partnerships
  • Coaching & mentoring
  • Funding assistance
  • Help getting products & services to market – locally & globally
  • Brand identity & website development

Our secondary mission is to provide leadership, tools, capacity, and processes for growing the regional economy. We work passionately with other organizations in areas such as workforce development and other purposeful innovation initiatives and projects to ensure the foundations are ready for regional businesses as the digital economy expands.

ChehalemVIA connections with regional industries such as advanced manufacturing, precision agriculture/viticulture, food/beverage/wine production, and healthcare provide opportunities for startups aligned with them. You may have products/services that fit a different industry. Let’s discuss.

Whether you are a startup or an established business looking for offsite project incubation resources, ChehalemVIA’s goal is to help bring your innovations to market in our local industries including: wine, agriculture, manufacturing, medicine, and education. These industry segments are well-supported in Chehalem Valley with businesses willing to foster innovation and, more importantly, with the potential to purchase your products and services. As a distributed accelerator, if our facilities don’t meet your needs, we can help you find other local resources and maker-spaces to achieve your goals.



Come visit our facility, tour the community and experience the unique opportunity available to your startup here in the Chehalem Valley. You will have access to local mentors in the agriculture, manufacturing, education and medical technology industries, as well as to advisors who can help assure that your business plan, funding and implementation are following best practices for success.


In the short-term, the Accelerator is housed in the Chehalem Parks and Recreation District administrative facilities in Newberg, Oregon. There are two accelerator pods with breakout rooms for meetings, collaborative discussions and ideation. Fully-wired with high-speed internet, each pod can comfortably accommodate 6-8 people, 1-3 tenant teams.


The Accelerator partners with businesses, education centers, and other support organizations, with a focus on local industries including manufacturing, high-value agriculture, and medical-dental. A Board of Advisors with broad experience provides expert coaching and mentoring. Assistance is available to help identify funding sources.


Individuals and businesses inside and outside of the community are eligible to apply for work-space and other resources in the Accelerator. Upon successfully “graduating” from the Accelerator, we ask that tenants support the local economy and locate their businesses in Chehalem Valley for at least 2-3 years, enjoying our community’s support.


ChehalemVIA can provide dedicated space for its tenants, but many of our clients have their own facilities – and some just need to use the facilities periodically for meetings, presentations, and events. So whether we are actively engaged in helping you with your business or providing you resources that help you develop your business, our goal is still the same: accelerate your success!



ChehalemVIA is currently helping 12 different startups: 2 software-based, 3 hardware-based, 2 focused on technical education, 1 non-profit helping the recently incarcerated, 1 with a different take on hot office space, 1 food production, and 2 precision agriculture projects. Already, we’ve experience some of the classic startup outcomes. One startup ran out of credit card funds resulting in one of the founders quitting to go back to work and the other founder re-imagining the company and taking it, and its intellectual property, down a different path. Another startup got to a Series A round and halted, its founders unable to agree on equity and ownership.  And we’ve had some successes, too. Fidgetech honed its business model and graduated from ChehalemVIA, providing sorely needed services for young autistic adults striving for high-tech careers.

Will we produce any unicorns?  Long term, the 2 precision agriculture startups, heavily contingent upon university R&D at this point, provide the opportunity to put Willamette Valley on the global map for leading-edge agriculture techniques and technologies. Of the 2 software companies, one will easily become an established business, with its first development site in our region. Its product addresses a growing, national and international market segment. One of the hardware startups is well underway with a unique product that fits the data center segment perfectly and right on time. Shipping product already, the business is in the ramp-up stage.  Another hardware company has patented IP that is currently being fabricated and prototyped by one of our local advanced manufacturing companies. The remaining startups will likely become local businesses, successful in their own rights. Unicorn or not, every successful business matters – to its owners, employees, and the communities it serves.




ARGO Meeting Calendar
Meetings are held at the accelerator)

Sunday, December 8th, 2018
Basic Skills Class, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

First Tuesday of every month
Board of Directors Meeting, 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Second Tuesday of every month
General Membership Meeting, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


SEDCOR’s Economic Business Forum Lunch is a fixture on the region’s business calendars. Each month, experts speak about timely topics pertinent to business leaders across the spectrum of industries represented by our membership. This forum is held as a business lunch on the second Wednesday of each month. Our forums are held at Broadway Commons located at 1300 Broadway Street NE, Salem.

Check the Technology Association of Oregon’s event page to learn more about their events and the resources they can provide.


The Oregon Business Technology Center offers residency to startups that can benefit from their services. Residents pay rent for their office space and high-speed Internet as well as advisory services. Check their link to find out if they have any events and resources that might benefit.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a wide range of services and programs. One of the most important is their template for creating your business plan. Want to build your own business to success? Try their Traditional Business Plan. Have an innovative product or service that you want to take to exit quickly, Try their Lean Business Plan. Regardless, you will need a business plan. If for no other reason, than to convince funding sources to invest in your business.

SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964. Local SCORE mentors have work hand-in-hand with ChehalemVIA to help our local businesses succeed.


About the Accelerator

ChehalemVIA is a non-profit, community-supported, tech business accelerator sponsored by the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce. Its mission is to help local entrepreneurs and businesses bridge the gap between ideas and implementation with a focus on accessing relevant industry resources and local, ready-made markets of prospective customers. This supports our community’s goal to identify and support market-driven startups that fortify our vision for the Chehalem Valley of a vertically integrated and robust local economy.

Our partners include the Cities of Newberg & Dundee, Yamhill County, George Fox University, Ashley Lippard Designs, Technology Association of Oregon, PIE (Portland Incubator Experience), Innovate Oregon, Built Oregon, the University of Oregon, the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab, the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership, SCORE, SEDCOR, and dozens of regional businesses.

Located in the heart of Willamette Valley and Oregon wine country, our idyllic setting is a bonus. Our priority is to help your business succeed.