Iterate, an entrepreneurship program operated by Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator, will expand to Bend in May.

The program, based in Corvallis, is aimed at people who wish to become entrepreneurs and is open to OSU students, staff and researchers, as well as other community members, according to the university’s news release. The program will be livestreamed into classrooms in Bend and Newport, according to Anna Walsh, operations manager for the university accelerator.

According to Oregon State’s website, Iterate consists of four two-hour workshops, held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. once a week on Tuesdays. The upcoming program will begin May 3. Walsh said Iterate is designed to help potential entrepreneurs determine what problems their proposed idea would solve for consumers, and will teach the basics of entrepreneurship and defining a customer base.

Walsh said Bend was chosen because of the new OSU-Cascades campus and Bend’s existing entrepreneurial environment.

Anyone interested can apply through the university’s website, at Applications will be accepted until April 22.

— Staff and wire reports