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 attracts hundreds of university researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, and more. They convene to envision, build, and accelerate solutions to environmental challenges that deliver prosperity throughout Oregon.
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.
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.
The SunShot Initiative has launched a 60-day online hackathon to quickly build prototype solutions and products that address barriers to solar energy deployment and drive down the costs.
Steve Morris, executive director of the Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC), a Portland startup incubator, joins Oregon BEST as newest entrepreneur-in-residence.
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!
Apr 16, 2015 | Read More
Oregon’s signature clean energy event brings together members of the energy industry, energy policy and economic development leaders, project hosts, and users of energy services. Oregon BEST members receive a $25 discount: Use Discount Code “OREF15”
Apr 21 to Apr 22, 2015 | Read More
The Pacific Northwest's largest alternative fuels transportation summit and expo.
Apr 22, 2015 | Read More
Got a great idea? OEN wants to help it take flight.
May 02, 2015 | 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.
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.