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.
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.
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.
A company that makes construction blocks from recycled pallets and cement is seeing 20 percent growth as green building awareness spreads.
Three of the five winning startups sharing $300,000 are improving energy storage, reducing fertilizer waste, and transforming forest biomass into fuel.
HoneyComb Corp., maker of drones for use in ag and forestry, adds 14 staff, raises $1M, and is attracting national attention from John Deere, others.
Federal STTR grant will advance technology being tested at Widmer Brothers Brewing that treats wastewater while generating electricity.
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PDX Future Green 2015 brings leaders and experts from healthcare, green building, energy efficiency, community advocacy groups, and policymakers together - in a public forum - to creatively present new ideas, demonstrate successes and begin to write a healthy home social fiction we can all realize in the future.
Jun 05, 2015 | Read More
All entrepreneurs have a “Wilson” – something they cling to that helps them navigate the turbulent waters of entrepreneurship. Join OEN at Castaway on June 5 to hear from 13 successful Oregon entrepreneurs about how they persist through hard times.
Jun 10, 2015 | Read More
Join water industry and university research representatives to learn and discuss opportunities for collaboration in innovation, research and business development.
Jun 14 to Jun 17, 2015 | Read More
The TechConnect World Innovation Conference is an annual event designed to accelerate the commercialization of innovations out of the lab and into industry.
Jun 22, 2015 | Read More
The CleanTech Showcase will feature the latest innovations from Pacific Northwest companies and research institutions alike, along with expert speakers and break-out sessions to further highlight emerging technologies, services and ideas.