Early-Stage Investments

Global Impact, One Startup at a Time

The Oregon BEST Early-Stage Investments program catalyzes the transformation of cleantech innovations into thriving businesses. These investments are designed to bridge the gap between traditional research and development (R&D) funding and private investment. Early-stage investments drive economic development throughout the state while commercializing technologies that benefit the environment.

How We Can Help

We work with you to transform your ideas, research, and products into successful enterprises.   

For Oregon-based innovators developing proprietary, technology-based products, we provide access to funding for research and development, product validation, or product launch. Oregon BEST supports compelling collaborations between a small Oregon business and at least one of our partner universities: Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon. Early-Stage Investments are subject to recommendation by Oregon BEST's Commercialization Advisory Board and subsequent approval by Oregon BEST's Board of Directors

Learn more about the portfolio of cleantech companies who have received Early-Stage Investments:  

Oregon BEST Companies

Get Started

For more information about investment programs, guidelines, cut-off dates, and eligibility requirements, contact Vanessa Margolis:

Vanessa Margolis

Portfolio Manager, Oregon BEST
Email: vanessa.margolis(at)oregonbest.org
Phone: 503-298-6005

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"Thanks to the teams at Oregon BEST and Oregon State University, our technology validation project was completed on time, and the results gave our company the knowledge we needed to launch production. We would not hesitate to collaborate again with such good partners.


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