Center for Entrepreneurship
Title: Director, Center For Entrepreneurship
Peter Rachor is an instructor and the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Portland. The Center’s programs include the joint University of Portland/OHSU Technology Entrepreneurship Commercialization (TEC) graduate program, the nationally recognized Entrepreneur Scholars program, and the Launchpad $100K student business plan competition. He also leads Portland’s Interise Entrepreneurial Accelerator e200 program in partnership with the Small Business Administration and the City of Portland. Previously, he was Director, Venture Development at the University of New Mexico, responsible for creation of more than eight start-up enterprises from technologies developed through various research programs. While there he launched UNM’s Lobo VentureLab, a business accelerator that assists early stage technology companies. He has also worked with Los Alamos National Laboratory, assisting inventors, entrepreneurs and technology transfer staff in patent licensing, market assessment, and venture formation. Peter serves as an advisory board member for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Tech Transfer and Economic Development Group.
Mr. Rachor previously co-founded three technology ventures in the wireless and Internet space, and held international management positions with several telecommunications companies including Lucent Technologies, British Telecom, and Verizon Communications. As a result, has had had the opportunity to live and do business on four continents.
Peter holds a BA in Finance from Michigan State University and often serves as a mentor, coach or advisor to early stage and emerging companies, assisting entrepreneurs, students, and scientists.