About FertiLab

What We Do

Since June 2013, we have provided mentoring and incubation to more than 50 member companies and 75 individual entrepreneurs. As of December of 2015, we have trained 24 concept stage companies in our intensive pre-accelerator course. In all, our companies currently employ 62 individuals and have brought over $4 million into the local economy.

Collaboration is a core value of our community. We know that if one of us succeeds, we all succeed; therefore, we constantly share ideas and expertise with one another. We may compete in the marketplace, but we do everything we can to help one another internally.

If you share this mindset, we’d LOVE to have you join us. Come by the Eugene or Springfield space and try it out for a day. Get to know the community. Help us grow the next generation of businesses here in Eugene!

Interested in Membership? Contact us or give us a call at 541.600.2016 Ext. 700 to schedule a visit.

And the People Who Make It Happen

Shula Jaron

Shula Jaron

CEO

Shula has her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from OHSU and has worked in both academia and industry. Most recently, Shula was a Sr. Manager in R&D at the local site of Invitrogen/Life Technologies (formerly Molecular Probes). Around 3 years ago, Shula was inspired to co-create the FertiLab Thinkubator after her long career in science and biotech. Shula was motivated to found FertiLab by the belief that the Eugene/Springfield area could be a hotbed of technology startups fueling economic development–giving talented people a reason to live in the area.

David Youngentob

David Youngentob

Director of Innovation

As Director of Innovation at Fertilab Thinkubator, David does everything he can to build and nurture the pipeline of early stage companies in Eugene and the Willamette Valley.  Entrepreneur’s looking for mentorship driven help for their new venture are directed to David, who then determines where they can go to receive the best help, such as signing up for The Clinic or applying to ID8.  Likewise, David actively recruits an all-star cast of mentors that provide expert advice to the entrepreneurs in FertiLab programs.

Claire Elam

Claire Elam

Community Manager

Back home in the Willamette Valley via Bennington College, Claire comes to us with a diverse background in non-profits and the arts.  She also has a passion for community building and sustainable business practices.

Jason Carriere

Jason Carriere

Lab Manager

Jason Carriere has 20 years of experience in the world of biotech. He worked on the Human Genome Project at Stanford in the 90s, and he has done work with fruit flies, zebrafish, nanoparticles, cell sorting, and genomics. In 2002, Jason took over a struggling homebrew shop and grew it into Falling Sky Brewing, a commercial brewery and restaurant with two (soon to be three) locations.

Kristopher Schaefer

Kristopher Schaefer

Springfield Lab Manager

Kris is in charge of FertiLab’s fabrication lab. Leveraging tools like robotic routers, laser cutters, and 3d printers, the Product Lab is a space that provides rapid manufacturing advantages to the Willamette Valley area.

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Don’t want to start up a business, or have the time to spare? Learn about donating here. If you’re curious about sponsorship please contact Shula.