Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Connect. Collaborate. Create.

Participate in events that inform, engage, and inspire. Find opportunities below to get involved and get out there!

And be sure to check out Oregon BEST FEST, our signature event and the Pacific Northwest’s premier cleantech innovation conference:

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Portland 1 Million Cups

Ongoing, starting January 13, 2016

DeskHub: 334 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR, US, Portland, OR

What’s all the buzz about? 1MC is a free, weekly program that hosts a local founder who presents their business in a short 7-8 minute presentation. This is followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with a room full of peers, mentors, service providers, and potential investors.

1MC was started at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City to connect what was, at the time, a fragmented, isolated startup community. The name came out of one simple question: Could we change the face of our startup community by connecting local entrepreneurs over a million cups of coffee? 

Come out every Wednesday or in-between investor pitches for a warm smile, a fresh cup of coffee and some great entrepreneurial spirit and connections. 

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Event Category: Meetings

OMEP Office Hours

Ongoing, starting February 10, 2016

The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership will be available for half-hour meetings with companies that have questions related to manufacturing.

OMEP's manufacturing consultants are available to assist you no matter your stage - whether you're designing for manufacturing, working with a contract manufacturer, or looking to scale your current production. 

OMEP will be available on second Wednesdays in the afternoon here at DeskHub. Use our online scheduler to book a 25 minute consultation:

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We're located in the DeskHub co-working space at 334 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209.

Event Categories: Office Hours, Workshops, Trainings & Lectures, Meetings

Call for Energy Innovators

Aug 11 to Sep 30, 2016

Are you developing building technology to improve energy efficiency? ProspectSV is searching globally for partners to meet significant challenges in two net zero projects. Apply by 9/30/16!

ProspectSV and its partners are seeking pre-commercial products and solutions from global clean technology innovators for energy efficiency, energy recovery and renewable energy solutions for potential inclusion in two, state-funded demonstrations in San Francisco, CA. This is a unique opportunity for your emerging technologies to be included into a project demonstration and will offer valuable feedback from our professional team of designers and engineers. 

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Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

Oregon BEST FEST 2016

Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2016

Portland, OR

Our signature event brings together a diverse community of inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, and curious individuals who have the common goal of accelerating solutions to environmental challenges.

In this two-day, hands-on gathering, a range of regional and national speakers will present transformative ideas and innovative solutions to inspire our audience and provoke dialogue. Presentations and interactive programming will focus on rapidly transforming cutting-edge research into new clean technologies, companies, and jobs. The audience will have opportunities to meet with presenters and rate some of Oregon’s top cleantech startups.

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Event Categories: Conferences, Showcases, Workshops, Trainings & Lectures, Competitions/Opportunities at Events

VERGE Santa Clara

Sep 19 to Sep 22, 2016

Santa Clara, CA

Where Technology Meets Sustainability: Join the leaders, thinkers and doers using technology and innovation to accelerate the sustainable economy.

VERGE is a global event series focusing on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world.

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Event Category: Conferences

Ocean Renewable Energy Conference

Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2016

Portland, OR

For ten years, the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference (OREC) helped bring a nascent industry’s challenges and opportunities into focus. OREC XI will embark on a new decade of solutions, as marine energy scales to commercialization.

This year’s conference, with a wider regional and technological foundation, is structured to tap the experience and knowledge of leaders from industry, academia and government, joined as a single community to realize the full potential of this new, 21st century energy source. For marine renewables, the power is in the journey we share, and OREC XI, in Portland, Oregon, is the next stop.

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Event Category: Conferences


Sep 24 to Sep 28, 2016

New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA

Join Oregon BEST at WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference and the largest annual event for water quality professionals.

WEFTEC is the biggest meeting of its kind in North America and offers thousands of water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today. Also recognized as the world’s largest annual water quality exhibition, WEFTEC’s massive show floor provides unparalleled access to the field’s most cutting-edge technologies and services.

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Event Categories: Conferences, Showcases

GoGreen Portland

Oct 5, 2016

Portland, OR

Now in its ninth year, GoGreen Portland has established itself as the largest regional conference for business and government decision-makers to come together for one day to learn from recognized community leaders to advance sustainability best practices in their own organizations.

GoGreen empowers attendees with the strategies, tools, and connections through networking opportunities to advance the triple bottom line.

Our network can receive a 20% discount by using code OREGONBEST

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Event Category: Conferences


Oct 10 to Oct 12, 2016

Austin, TX

SXSW Eco creates a space for business leaders, investors, innovators and designers to drive economic, environmental and social change.

The strength of all South By Southwest events is the inclusive community. The conference features collaborative events to create new relationships, as well as dynamic sessions and exciting competitions that introduce attendees to transformative designs, technologies and ideas. Through provocative programming, strategic alliances and global participation, SXSW Eco accelerates impact in all its forms.

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Event Categories: Conferences, Showcases

Bend Venture Conference

Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2016

Bend, OR

The Bend Venture Conference, hosted by EDCO, is the largest Angel Conference in the Pacific Northwest.

The event connects seed, early stage, and growth stage startups with investment opportunities. Total Awards in the 2015 Bend Venture Conference Companies hit $947,500. At BVC, there are three categories of competition – Social Impact, Early Stage and Growth Stage, with five finalists (companies) selected in each category.

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Event Categories: Conferences, Competitions/Opportunities at Events, Angel Investing Events