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Oregon’s annual statewide college-level prototyping competition adds documentary filmmaking in 2023

Updated: Nov 21



Portland, Oct. 20, 2022 – Invent Oregon, the state’s only college-level prototyping competition, is collaborating with NW Documentary to mentor up-and-coming filmmakers from all over the state as they document the journey of innovation and invention.


Each year students from across the state showcase their innovative ideas and compete for more than $30k in prizes, gaining a lifelong network in the process. The competition, presented by the Portland State University Center for Entrepreneurship and now in its 7th year, offers a creative challenge for the participants full of dramatic setbacks and successes culminating in the final competition.


In 2023 Invent Oregon is partnering with NW Documentary to enlist upcoming student filmmakers from all over the state to document the journey of six Invent Oregon teams. Filmmakers and filmmaking teams that are selected will be awarded a production grant and provided with regular mentorship by NW Documentary’s community of regional filmmakers. They will produce films that capture Invent Oregon student team journeys across the state, highlighting the diversity of creative spirit found in Oregon’s colleges and universities.

Applications for the Invent Oregon Stories project will open on Nov. 4th, for Oregon student filmmakers. Filmmakers of all experience levels and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Filmmakers chosen will receive $1500 in grant funds to support their efforts.


“We hope to make more space for storytelling,” said Abigail Van Gelder, Assistant Director at PSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Assistant Director for Invent Oregon. “ Each student's journey through Invent Oregon is as unique as their projects are. If we can add one more element of personal growth for Oregon college students by inviting them to produce these documentaries, we want to make space for that.”

The 2023 Invent Oregon Finals will be held in June. NW Documentary will release the completed films Summer of 2023.



Students interested in applying should visit https://www.nwdoc.org/invent-oregon/ before Dec 31st.


About Invent Oregon

Invent Oregon, presented by the PSU Center for Entrepreneurship is the state’s only college-level prototyping competition, providing the grants and guidance necessary to take a student team’s idea for positive impact through all stages of prototyping. Invent Oregon helps college students at all levels take their concepts from an idea to reality. www.InventOregon.com


About NW Documentary

NW Documentary is a nonprofit that has been teaching and supporting documentary filmmaking since 2003.



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