Accelerator is the catalyst that enables first-stage entrepreneurs to catapult their businesses to the next level.

As a first-stage entrepreneur, you face new challenges every day. Whether it’s determining how you’re going to fill the rush of new orders, deciding how you’re going to penetrate new markets, or figuring out how you’re going to make payroll, it seems at times you find yourself wishing you had an instruction manual for your business.

 It’s okay. We understand.

 And we’re here to help. In Accelerator, our mission is to empower you with the tools you need to grow your business to more than $1 million in sales and provide you with the skills to make yourself a better entrepreneur and leader.

Along with structured educational content focused on the core areas of first-stage businesses, the Accelerator Program affords you the unique experience of learning from and connecting with the world’s—and Portland’s—most influential entrepreneurs.

Our chapter has a great track record of growing Accelerator businesses to over $1 million. Several EO Portland businesses, including Nossa Familia Coffee, Perch Furniture, Green Drop Garage, and Mad Fish Digital, started out as Accelerators.


Global Student Entrepreneur Award

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for student entrepreneurs who actively run a business. EO GSEA nominees compete in qualifying competitions for the chance to advance to the Global Finals. With more than 1,700 competitors from more than 50 countries, EO GSEA is an exclusive opportunity for student entrepreneurs to make connections, find resources, and grow their businesses!

Watch the video or learn more here.

Portland is hosting a GSEA competition on September 11, 2019. For more information on applying to compete, please email Kent Lewis at



Through relationships with top entrepreneurial schools such as MIT and Babson College, EO provides executive education programs that allow members to expand their business knowledge and leadership skills. The agendas for programs such as the renowned Entrepreneurial Masters Program vary, but cover topics such as the six fundamental areas of business: management, finance, human resources, marketing and sales, operations, and research and development. Mature business owners can also learn about mergers and acquisitions, wealth preservation and planning, mid-life transitions, launching a new business (serial entrepreneurship), advanced management and hiring executive leadership.

Our executive-education programs include:


Experienced Perspectives from Trusted Leaders

The EO Mentorship Program offers you the opportunity to work one-on-one with a highly experienced mentor in an ongoing and structured mentorship. You can apply to be matched with a mentor who can bring personal experience and perspective to bear on the issues you currently face.