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Oregon BEST is harnessing the power of new ideas, cutting-edge research
and collaboration to create prosperity for Oregon and the region. Our investments put us at the nexus of clean technology innovation that is changing our state and
the world.  Learn More

IMPACT: Oregon BEST Assets

The BEST Minds are at Work in Oregon Universities

More than 200 Oregon BEST Member Faculty are working to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Collaborating with students and Oregon businesses, they have attracted more than $90 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. Our 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. As the Pacific Northwest’s premier cleantech innovation conference, the event attracts hundreds of university researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, and others. 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.   

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    • Calling all inventive students!

      Nov 01, 2014 to Jan 30, 2015 |  Read More

      The Lemelson-MIT Program is searching for the most inventive students to apply for the 2015 Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition. Applications for the competition are being accepted now through January 30, 2015.

    • Submit your abstract to present at the TechConnect World Innovation Conference

      Nov 01 to Dec 19, 2014 |  Read More

      Submit your technical research and development innovations for review and consideration for podium or poster presentation. Early-bird abstracts due December 19th, 2014.

    • Submit your innovation to TechConnect Innovation Showcase and Accelerator Program

      Nov 01, 2014 to Jan 30, 2015 |  Read More

      Don’t miss this opportunity to place your technology, your company, or your agency’s awardee portfolio into the TechConnect Innovation Showcase and Accelerator program to be matched with the world’s largest gathering of potential investment and corporate partners. Deadline: January 30, 2015

    • Students: Apply for E-Team Grants!

      Nov 10, 2014 to Feb 06, 2015 |  Read More

      Do you know a student-led team that's developing a technology that solves important problems for people or planet? Encourage them to apply by February 6, 2015 for entry into VentureWell's E-Team Program.

    • UO RAINMaker Fund for student entrepreneurs

      Nov 18, 2014 to Jan 01, 2015 |  Read More

      Designed to attract students to engage within the Eugene node of the Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network (Eugene RAIN), the RAINMaker Fund will begin accepting applications from promising UO student entrepreneurs in late November, with a deadline for submissions in early January 2015.

    • Apply to the Spring 2015 Angel Oregon Investment Program

      Dec 01, 2014 to Jan 28, 2015 |  Read More

      Got a great idea? Apply by January 28, 2015 to help it take flight. Since 2005, 551 companies have applied to compete at Angel Oregon, and 89 were selected to present.

    • Apply to the 2015 Seattle Angel Conference

      Dec 01, 2014 to Feb 24, 2015

      Seattle Angel seeks to invest in two early-stage growth companies each calendar year. Eligible companies that can apply are within a day’s drive from Seattle, operate in any industry, seek investment of $100k-$2M, and have the potential for a 10x return on investment in 5 years.

    • Apply to the 2015 Willamette Angel Conference

      Dec 01, 2014 to Feb 28, 2015 |  Read More

      The Willamette Angel Conference has invested over $1.5M in Oregon companies and Willamette Valley entrepreneurs. Submit your business plan by the end of February for consideration.