Growing Innovation & Technology in Chehalem Valley

The primary purpose of the Chehalem Valley Innovation Accelerator (ChehalemVIA) is to accelerate success for tech-based, ventures. 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

The Accelerator is sponsored by the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, and is a non-profit organization. ChehalemVIA’s mission is to help entrepreneurs and businesses bridge the gap between ideas and implementation with a focus on leveraging technology, local industry resources and ready-made markets of customer prospects. 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, 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.


May 5-6, 2017, AriAscend & International Drone Day
AriAscend is hosting the fly-in at Clackamette Park in Oregon City on Saturday, May 6th. AriAscenda CEO Kenji Sugahara will speak about drone/UAV permits and policies on the 5th and is the master of ceremonies for the fly-in on the 6th.  More information is available here and download this very cool IDD Drone Show poster.

May 6, 2017, Two-kilt Brewing Co. Autism Family Fun Fest Supporting FIDGETECH

Enjoy a family BBQ and experience the latest brews from Two Kilts Brewing, 14841 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd. Wine is also available.  There will be live music, raffle drawings, free face painting and more.

June 25-29, 2017 AriAscend Presenting at CiscoLive!
Cisco Live’s
Innovation Talks provide a multi-faceted look at the challenges and potential of the latest innovations in key areas such as network technology, security, cloud and collaboration. For more information contact Kenji Sugahara at: / (503) 302-4935.


April 4, 2017, Rural Oregon Day at the State Capitol
Join us for Rural Oregon Day at the State Library Building on the Capitol Mall, 250 Winter Street NE, Salem.  The accelerator and its tenants will be showcasing our efforts to bring technology-driven businesses to the valley.  Look for our table in the library (and for Kenji’s drone flying over the mall!). More information is available on the Oregon Rural Development Council website.

May 6, 2017, Willamette Valley Drone Challenge Fun-fly & Regional International Drone Day Fly-in
Join the Willamette Valley Drone Challenge teams for their final meeting of 2016-17. The teams will hold their Fun-fly celebration at Clackamette Park along with other drone experts and advocates, celebrating International Drone Day. Teams from Amity, Dayton, Delphian, Newberg, McMinnville, Santiam Christian, Sheridan, Yamhill-Carlton, and Willamina spent the school year developing their projects and learning new skills, technical, technological and employable, with business-partner-driven drone projects that will carry forward in the next school year.   IDD poster and information here.