Public Universities

University of Oregon

University of Oregon

November 7, 2022

For this edition of Almabase Spotlights featuring Public Universities, we shine the light on University of Oregon's Duck Tank, a rare opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs in the local community to pitch their business ideas.


💡Duck Tank - Entrepreneurs' First Step from the Tank to Ocean

The Oregon Executive MBA Alumni Chapter hosts Duck Tank, a rare opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs in the local community to pitch their business ideas to Portland's investment professionals. They provide valuable feedback, advice, and insights while helping the participants build their network.

Volunteers mostly consist of high-network individuals who are alumni, management students, etc. An accomplished speaker usually gives the keynote address that is based on the important aspects of their work. 

Duck Tank's panelists are an esteemed group of investors and influencers active in the Portland investment community. The additional panelists are accomplished founders and CEOs of successful businesses. Registration for Duck Tank can be done from the links provided on the university website. OEMBA alumni, current students, and UOAA members can avail of a special discount on the in-person event. 

The main goal of Duck Tank is to provide an opportunity for MBA graduates to organize events and to allow high-value prospects to give back to the community. The advancement team consists of 17 members, and the tools used are Ellucian and I-Modules. 

Source of Inspiration

Erin Hagen

For almost four years, Erin Hagen has been the Associate Director of Alumni Engagement at the University of Oregon Alumni Association, Portland. She earlier served as the Program Manager of Alumni Engagement. She has a Master's degree in Women's History. She has also volunteered for various projects such as Voter Registration and was a board member for the League of Women Voters, Minneapolis. 

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