The State of Oregon awarded a business development grant of $99,637 to the Bend/Corvallis based sexual technology company Lora DiCarlo. Representatives from Lora DiCarlo believe they were the first sex tech company to receive a grant from any state government body.
The Business Oregon Enhanced Phase 0 Grant supports the commercialization of the Osé personal massager that is the first product designed for hands-free blended orgasms. Lora DiCarlo founder Lora Haddock previously explained to an Advocate reporter that a blended orgasm is the result of stimulation to both external glans clitoris and the more internal area known by many as the “g-spot.”
The Osé prototype was developed in partnership with Oregon State University’s Prototype Development Lab. The design features micro-robotics intended to mimic “the sensations of a human mouth, tongue, and fingers, for an experience that feels remarkably like a real partner.”
“Business Oregon’s Enhanced Phase 0 Grant Program is filling a crucial hole in the startup ecosystem in Oregon,” said Jennifer Fox a grant review committee member. “By funding proof-of-concept work by our most promising startups, these funds will help develop innovative technologies and solutions for healthcare, energy, and manufacturing challenges Oregon entrepreneurs are tackling.”
Two other Corvallis-area companies received the Business Oregon grants. These winners include TheraFluor for cancer detection and treatment technologies and Gadusol Laboratories to develop nature-inspired sunscreen products.
-By Sam Sied