Growing Innovation & Technology in Chehalem Valley

The primary purpose of the Chehalem Valley Innovation Accelerator (ChehalemVIA) is to accelerate success for tech-based businesses. We provide:

  • Creative, connected workspace
  • Industry partnerships
  • Expert coaching & mentoring
  • Funding assistance
  • Help getting products & services to market – locally & globally

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.

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.


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.


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 high-tech 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 technology 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, Frontier Communications, Ashley Lippard Designs, Technology Association of Oregon, PIE (Portland Incubator Experience), Innovate Oregon, Built Oregon, and dozens of local 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.


ChehalemVIA & Tenant/Client News

Information & Events


AriAscend joined the Chehalem Valley Innovation Accelerator in June, 2016.  They have partnered with Erath and Crawford-Beck Vineyards, and George Fox University to take their imaging, drone/rover, sensor, and data-analytics technologies into the vineyard to solve the hard problems in precision viticulture.

Fidgetech is a purposeful, supportive community for young adults on the autism spectrum to learn technologies, uncover interests and talents, develop technical skills, and achieve educational, work, or personal goals.  Their four programs – Explorer, Education, Portfolio Builder and Maker – are designed to help young men and women aspire to their personal technology and life goals: from exploring their passion to making a product, starting a business or getting a degree.

Sommely Inc. is a Portland, Oregon-based startup technology and services platform company created to revolutionize wine-cellar care and enjoyment of the wine enthusiast to the wine ecosystem – wineries, sommeliers and information sources, suppliers and more.   Sommely will provide the physical technology, software and cloud-based services to create end-to-end collaboration in this luxury IOT environment.


Ignite TAO: Health – Thursday, November 9, 2017, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM, at OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland

Justine Haigh will be pitching Fidgetech at the Technology Association of Oregon’s Ignite TAO: Health – a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by local people who have a burning idea and the guts to get onstage and share their personal and professional passions. Ignite TAO: Health will focus on topics around wellness, pharmaceuticals, software, medical devices, healthcare and more.  1 mic, 5 minutes, 20 slides, 300 peers in the audience… no pressure, right? Fees are $5 – TAO Member, $5 – Non Member and $3 – Student. More information and registration here.


Fall Innovation Camp for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum
FIDGETECH is holding a 12-week Innovation Camp in Newberg at the Chehalem Valley Innovation Accelerator on Tuesday nights, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, September 12 – December 6, 2017 (with no camp on Tuesday, November, 21st, Thanksgiving week). Participants in the Innovation Camp will have an opportunity to learn technologies in areas such as computer application design and creation, programming, and programmable electronic circuits. Participants will need to bring their own notebooks or laptops (a Mac or PC) with wireless access and headphones. The cost for the Innovation Camp is $300 and is open to those ages 17 or older. Space is limited. To register please contact Justine Haigh: (503) 724-3619.



October 22-24, 2017, Oregon Economic Development Association Annual Conference
The 2017 Oregon Economic Development Association Annual Conference (registration information here) is designed to provide you with tools and building blocks that will help you drive resiliency and growth in your home community. The agenda covers many applicable topics such as, creating a dynamic community, to rethinking workforce development, lead generation, as well as looking at how competitive Oregon is, and why the next recession will be different. ChehalemVIA Chief Wrangler, Carr Biggerstaff, will be participating in the panel: Assessing Economic Development Needs: Results of a Statewide Survey.