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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    HEADLINES: Recent News

    • OFRI is Hiring!

      The Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) is looking for a full-time Director of Forest Products to help promote the use of wood products among architects, engineers and the building community.

    • Oregon BEST Companies Win State Funding

      Three of the five winning startups sharing $300,000 are improving energy storage, reducing fertilizer waste, and transforming forest biomass into fuel.

    • Ag Drone Maker Adds Staff, Raises $1M

      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.

    • Startup Wins Funding for Microbial Fuel Cell

      Federal STTR grant will advance technology being tested at Widmer Brothers Brewing that treats wastewater while generating electricity.

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    CONNECTIONS: Upcoming Events

    • 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.

    • Government Contracting Basics

      May 07, 2015 |  Read More

      Presented by the Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP), this free workshop will introduce participants to the basic tools for growing their business by selling to the government.

    • Technology Acceleration Half-Day Workshop

      May 12, 2015 |  Read More

      Whether you are a start-up company or a mature business trying to accelerate growth, this interactive workshop will offer insights and pathways to improve your present practices for growth.

    • 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.

    • Northwest Collaboratory for Sustainable Manufacturing (NWCSM) Applied Research Summit

      May 14, 2015 |  Read More

      Do you represent a small/medium/large manufacturing company in the State of Oregon? Is research difficult or cost prohibitive for your business? NWCSM helps manufacturing companies of all sizes solve critical problems and apply new techniques to improve manufacturing productivity, reduce costs, and increase safety.

    • 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."