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

    • 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.

    • May PubTalk

      May 28, 2015 |  Read More

      EDCO's monthly event celebrates the spirit of entrepreneurship in Central Oregon and strives to provide a unique forum where leaders of growing businesses can network with qualified funding sources, fellow entrepreneurs, key advisors, and business professionals. Business leaders come from around the region and state to share innovative business concepts, best practices and “lessons learned” for the benefit of the PubTalk audience.

    • PDX Future Green 2015

      Jun 04, 2015 |  Read More

      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.

    • A Water Technology Meetup

      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.

    • TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo

      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.

    • CleanTech Showcase

      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.