*UPDATE – All GrowthTalks events are on hold at this time due to COVID-19.

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We grow better, together.

GrowthTalks is a monthly event for those who want to start a business, already own one, or want to support those who do. It’s designed to help new and young local businesses grow into revenue.

Got a business idea? Come learn and be inspired by guest experts and speaker panels focused on entrepreneurship. Surround yourself with a supportive community dedicated towards your growth. And, if you could use some funds to get that business off the ground, apply to pitch at one of our Pitch Nights (think Shark Tank, just not as intimidating).

Not an entrepreneur, but would love to support the cause and meet incredible local leaders? Come join us. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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Present your business idea at one of our Pitch Nights for a chance to win funding.


Reach local entrepreneurs and help support their journey while creating economic vitality in Douglas County.

Pitch Night

We regularly hold Pitch Nights to support local entrepreneurs with our pre-seed fund. These funds can be used for startup costs, equipment purchases, and other expenses that are incurred when starting a business.

We award winners up to $1,000 of startup capital, no strings attached. Apply today to pitch your business!

Pitch your startup!


You can apply for pre-seed funding through GrowthTalks for your pre-revenue business idea!


If approved, you can pitch your business idea at one of our Pitch Nights and potentially get funded!


If selected, you can receive up to $1,000 of pre-seed capital to get your business going!

Please send your completed application to leah@uedpartnership.org.

Or mail / drop it off in person at:

Umpqua Economic Development Partnership

522 South East Washington Ave. Roseburg, OR 97470

Why We Do It

GrowthTalks is produced by Umpqua Economic Development Partnership. As Douglas County’s lead economic development organization, part of what we focus on is workforce and entrepreneurial development. The ability of entrepreneurs to start new businesses and scale them is critical for future economic growth in our county. These monthly events will allow us to grow our startup community and lead entrepreneurs down a pathway to success.

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors

Come to our next GrowthTalks event!

Our events are on hold at this time due to COVID-19

Hosted by Backside Brewing Co.

1640 NE Odell Ave Roseburg, Oregon 97470