Oregon BEST FEST 2015
Wednesday, September 9th – Thursday, September 10th | Portland, Oregon
Our signature event convenes a diverse audience of university researchers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and more to accelerate solutions to environmental challenges. This two-day, hands-on gathering harnesses Oregon’s spirit of innovation in sustainability to improve the world’s ability to live, work, and build in healthier and more sustainable ways. Register
The BEST Minds are at Work in Oregon Universities
More than 250 Oregon BEST Member Faculty are working to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. By collaborating with students and Oregon businesses, they have attracted more than $135 million in research funding for clean technologies in areas ranging from energy to shelter to agriculture.
Cleantech Research Drives Green-Collar Jobs
Our nine Oregon BEST Labs are creating the products of the future. These multi-million dollar, university-based labs and test facilities offer our partners access to the research tools, faculty expertise, and future employees they need to create innovative cleantech products.
These Startups Are Changing the World
Tapping the sun to purify wastewater. Saving energy with affordable window inserts. These are just two of the groundbreaking products Oregon BEST commercialization funds have supported through our work with small Oregon businesses and university researchers.
Collaboration Sparks Ideas and Opportunities
Oregon BEST brings people together to connect and innovate. We nurture a broad-based network of partners that include our Member Faculty, entrepreneurs, startups, businesses of all sizes, industry groups, strategic and venture investors, and many like-minded organizations. Working together we have impact beyond our scale.
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the competitive selection of five national laboratories to lead a new $20 million Small Business Vouchers Pilot.
Oregon BEST is helping development of a biodegradable polymer that can absorb 300X its weight in water, then release it back into the soil.
One of only 20 groups in the U.S. to receive the grant, Oregon BEST will use the $100,000 to help small businesses win federal funding.
Jul 06 to Aug 03, 2015 | Read More
Selected companies give a 2.5-minute pitch from the main stage of VERGE to an audience of ~1500 attendees.
Jul 07 to Aug 14, 2015 | Read More
Applications are now open for the Bend Venture Conference, the largest Angel Conference in the Pacific Northwest.
Jul 24 to Aug 21, 2015 | Read More
Lab2Market returns! And once again, PSU is opening applications to faculty and students from ALL Oregon universities. Apply Online by August 21, 2015.