Global Impact, One Startup at a Time

Oregon BEST funds and supports cleantech startups across Oregon. We help businesses get off the ground while developing promising new technologies that benefit both the economy and the environment. Oregon's innovations save resources and create jobs, making our state more sustainable and resilient. When innovators thrive, Oregon thrives. Oregon BEST is supported by the Oregon Innovation Council and Business Oregon.

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IMPACT: Oregon BEST Assets

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.  

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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

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.

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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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    • Apply to OEN’s Angel Oregon Program!

      Dec 14, 2016 to Jan 26, 2017 |  Read More

      Got a great idea? Apply by January 26 to help it take flight. OEN’s Angel Oregon Program is a chance for entrepreneurs to hone their pitch and business plan, connect to mentors and resources, and potentially win an investment of over $200,000.

    • Apply to the Willamette Angel Conference!

      Jan 10 to Feb 24, 2017 |  Read More

      Angel Investors from Oregon's Southern Willamette Valley are raising a minimum investment prize of $250,000. Apply by 2/24 to compete!

    • Cleantech Forum

      Jan 23 to Jan 25, 2017 |  Read More

      This annual gathering of the global cleantech innovation community offers a comprehensive, three-day program along with exclusive opportunities to network, learn, and get deals done.