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

What's Next?

Cleantech is Good for Oregon

The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) — the Governor-appointed group of 19 people that makes recommendations to the state on funding for Oregon BEST and other innovation initiatives — is undergoing a major strategic planning process this year. After 10 years of economic development focused investments in a range of industry sectors, Oregon InC is looking to determine which ones will bring the most economic opportunity to the people of Oregon in the coming years.

Oregon InC put out a Request for Information seeking input on which industry sectors are a good fit for the state's innovation funding. They asked which sectors have unique connections to Oregon, the ability to leverage other resources, the ability to use state funds to make an impact, and the potential to create jobs. Based on these criteriawe can't think of a better fit than Cleantech

Oregon BEST submitted a response to the RFI this month that laid out this great alignment — evident from substantial industry data and demonstrated through our work over the past nine years. We included data highlighting the 10X increase in Cleantech investment in Oregon in the past 15 years as well as data supporting our argument that Cleantech is more manufacturing and export intensive than the overall economy. Further, we identified four focus areas within Cleantech that offer significant opportunities unique to our state: Smart Cities, Precision Agriculture, Smart Grid, and Advanced Wood Products. Read our full response here:

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Internship Opportunities

PSU Internship Opportunities

Are you a student at Portland State University? Check out our current internship opportunities offered through the PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions: