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




IMPACT: Oregon BEST Assets

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.  

Oregon BEST Researchers

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.

Oregon BEST Labs 

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.   

Oregon BEST Companies

Two Days. 400 People. Countless Big Ideas.

Every September, the cleantech community gathers for Oregon BEST FEST, the Pacific Northwest’s premier cleantech innovation conference. 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.

Oregon BEST FEST

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.   

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    • PSU Cleantech Challenge

      Mar 01 to May 08, 2015 |  Read More

      Do you have an inspired solution to one of today's most pressing environmental problems? Take your concept from idea to reality with the 2015 PSU Cleantech Challenge presented by Wells Fargo. Now open to all Portland-area colleges and universities!

    • WEFTEC 2015 Call for Abstracts

      Apr 15 to May 27, 2015 |  Read More

      Be a part of the world's largest annual water quality event. Submit your abstract by May 27, 2015.

    • GC3 Innovators Roundtable

      Apr 27, 2015 |  Read More

      The Tenth Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable will bring to Portland over 160 leaders from a range of industry sectors, government, non-government organizations and universities to share challenges and best practices and work on collaborative projects to advance green chemistry practices in industry.

    • Oregon TECH Talks

      May 02, 2015 |  Read More

      This exciting, FREE, TED Talks style seminar presents speakers in the fields of Technology, Engineering, Creativity, and Health, to speak about exciting current innovations, and their vision of 2020 in the Pacific Northwest.

    • Willamette Angel Conference

      May 13, 2015 |  Read More

      The Willamette Angel Conference is an annual investor conference committed to building a strong economy through support of entrepreneurial ventures in Oregon. WAC increases the amount of seed capital and angel funds available in the Willamette Valley by connecting early stage and seed businesses with angel and venture investors.

    • NSF Workshop on Advanced Manufacturing for Smart Goods

      May 14 to May 15, 2015 |  Read More

      This workshop will bring together industry, universities, and national laboratories to identify advanced manufacturing research needs associated with Internet of Things (IoT) products, i.e. "Smart Goods."

    • Managing Stormwater in Oregon

      May 21, 2015 |  Read More

      After eight years of producing the region's largest stormwater conference in Washington, NEBC has created a conference just for Oregon.