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.
Tapping support from Oregon BEST, thermal window insert maker Indow has grown from three people and a prototype in 2010 to 30 employees and 100+ dealers selling products internationally.
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced 80 winners of the second annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition with $4.4 million in prizes. Accelerators serve entrepreneurs in a broad set of industries and sectors – from manufacturing and tech startups to farming and biotech.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy recently announced the competitive selection of five national laboratories to lead a new $20 million Small Business Vouchers Pilot.