Oregon BEST FEST 2016
Thursday, September 8th – Friday, September 9th | Portland, Oregon
Our signature event brings together a diverse audience of university researchers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, investors, and curious individuals who have the common goal of accelerating solutions to environmental challenges. Connect
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oregon BEST seeks a versatile, results-oriented professional to join our team. We are hiring a full-time Finance & Operations Manager to execute many of the organization’s key functions. Apply by Friday, May 13th, 2016!
Onboard Dynamics of Bend, Ore., has secured $3M from ARPA-E and other sources to advance its refueling technology for natural gas vehicles.
A tethered kite system being developed by eWind Solutions offers a new way to harvest wind energy without turbine towers. Watch video.
Feb 1 to May 6, 2016 | Read More
Do you have an inspired solution to one of today's most pressing environmental problems? APPLY BY MAY 6! Now open to all Oregon colleges and universities.
Feb 10 to Dec 31, 2016 | Read More
The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership will be available for half-hour meetings with companies that have questions related to manufacturing.
May 6 to May 2, 2016 | 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.