Growing Cleantech Innovation

Oregon BEST funds and supports innovative cleantech startups across Oregon. As an economic development catalyst, we connect startups with state and federal resources while preparing them for follow-on investment through a series of focused programs. Oregon is a nationally-recognized leader in accelerating solutions to environmental challenges through a vibrant innovation ecosystem. The cutting-edge clean technologies developed in our state create jobs, save resources, and compete in global markets — making Oregon more sustainable and resilient.

We provide leadership and leverage our expertise, resources, and relationships to achieve impact beyond our scale. The research, projects, and startups we support power a cycle of:

  • Job creation
  • Cleantech industry growth
  • Increased private investment 
  • Stronger university research
  • Opportunities for Oregon students
  • Workforce development
  • Increased state revenue

We were founded in 2007 as the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center, Inc (Oregon BEST) — an independent nonprofit supported by the Oregon Innovation Council and Business Oregon.

Research Areas of Interest

The following Cleantech Research Areas of Interest have been identified by Oregon BEST.  Read full definitions