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1776 Challenge Cup Local: Portland

Dec 10, 2015

Portland, OR

Join promising startups from throughout Oregon and southern Washington for an evening of interesting and innovative ideas.

Each year 1776, a global incubator and venture fund, hosts a worldwide tournament called the Challenge Cup. Together, with our Startup Federation partners, Revolution, the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and over 50 incubator hosts around the world, we’ll discover the most promising, highly scalable startups that are poised to solve the major challenges of our time.

Startups advance through three rounds: Local, Regional and Global Finals. All of the regional winners and a host of wild cards will be invited to participate in the Challenge Cup Global Finals next June in Washington, D.C. There, they’ll compete for over $1 million in prizes, as well as spend time with the investors, customers, media and other key connections that can help them succeed on a global scale.

Hosted at the OMSI Empirical Theater in Portland, this 1776 Challenge Cup Local competition will feature startups that are providing solutions for: Cities, Education, Energy, Food, Health, Money, Security, and Transportation.

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Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

2014 OSU CCE/MIME Graduate Student Research Expo

Mar 7, 2014

Double Tree by Hilton Portland • Lloyd Center Ballroom

A graduate research showcase presented by the OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering in conjunction with the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. The exposition will feature research projects from graduate students as they compete for prizes as judged by industry leaders and faculty.

A graduate research showcase presented by the OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering in conjunction with the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.
The exposition will feature research projects from graduate students as they compete for prizes as judged by industry leaders and faculty.

No RSVP required. For more information, contact Lauren Farmen
at lauren.farmen@oregonstate.edu or 541.737.4096.
Please join us for hors d’oeuvres, presentations and awards

2015 VERGE Accelerate Fast-pitch Competition

Jul 6 to Aug 3, 2015

Selected companies give a 2.5-minute pitch from the main stage of VERGE to an audience of ~1500 attendees.

During the VERGE 2015 nomination window, from July 6 to August 3, entrepreneurs can submit 60-second video nominations, explaining the market opportunity their company is addressing and why they want to pitch at VERGE.

Selected videos will be posted to GreenBiz.com, where the broader community will cast votes and contribute input into the final selection of this year’s VERGE Accelerate cohort.

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

2016 TAO Member Kickoff Party

Jan 14, 2016

Join the Technology Association of Oregon for their annual Kickoff Party!

Meet and network with new and existing members including the TAO Board, Community Chairs, volunteers, and other movers & shakers in Oregon’s growing tech community. 

You won't want to miss the evening’s presentation showcasing initiatives for 2016 including recruiting and retaining talent, introduction of topically-oriented think tanks called "Labs", and TAO’s continued expansion and influence in the region and outside of the state. 

Ticket purchase includes food and drinks, interactive activities, prizes, and much more!

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Event Categories: Meetings, Openings

2018 Lloyd EcoDistrict: Sustainable Leadership Awards

Apr 12, 2018


Honor local and regional leaders whose work best models the way to community-based sustainability. The evening will feature an awards ceremony, a keynote address, raffle, hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres, and great company!

Tickets are now available! Get your $35 early bird tickets today!

Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Jun 18 to Jun 20, 2018

Portland, OR

Product Innovation Using Greener Chemistries

This June over 500 scientists, engineers and leaders from industry, academia and government will be gathering in Portland, Oregon for the 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, June 18-20, 2018. The American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute® aims to catalyze and enable the implementation of green chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemical enterprise. As the longest running Green Chemistry & Engineering conference in the United States, GC&E invites scientists, decision-makers, students, and advocates to come together, compare findings, and discuss the science of the future. 

The theme of this year’s conference will be around Product Innovation Using Greener Chemistries.

Event Category: Conferences

3 Day Startup

May 15 to May 17, 2015

Linus Pauling Science Center, Oregon State University, Room 402

3 Day Startup is coming to Oregon State University! This 72-hour learn-by-doing campus workshop teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.

The program is free, but subject to an application process. 3DS is open to grad and undergrad students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.

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Event Category: Workshops, Trainings & Lectures

A Water Technology Meetup

Jun 10, 2015

Market Center Building, Suite 316, 1600 SW Market Street, Portland, OR 97201

Join water industry and university research representatives to learn and discuss opportunities for collaboration in innovation, research and business development.

Presentations by:

  • Julia Person, Craft Brew Alliance, Sustainability Manager discussing challenges with process and waste water
  • Assistant Professor Meghna Babbar-Sebens, Co-Director of the OSU-Benton County Green Stormwater Infrastructure Facility

RSVP to karl.mundorff@oregonbest.org

Event Category: Meetings

AEMC Summit

Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2014

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20004

The 2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit is the second premier, annual, national event dedicated to building momentum around American innovation, progress and competitiveness in energy and manufacturing.

The Summit will galvanize public and private sector leaders to take concrete actions to enhance U.S. productivity and prosperity. This gathering of preeminent figures from industry, government, academia, the national laboratories, labor and other key stakeholder communities will bring together the nation’s best minds and strongest leaders to build relationships, celebrate success, and set an agenda for concrete policy actions to strengthen America’s manufacturing sector, and to catalyze new economic opportunity through the development and deployment of next-generation energy technologies. The Inaugural AEMC Summit convened more than 500 CEOs, university presidents, national laboratory directors, and other stakeholders from across America.

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Event Category: Conferences

APPLY TO PRESENT at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Industry Growth Forum

Dec 15, 2017


DEADLINE EXTENDED to December 15, so APPLY SOON. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory invites emerging clean energy startups from around the world to apply to present their business opportunities at the 30th Industry Growth Forum May 3-4, 2018 in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Applicants range from prototype-stage to commercially ready with a renewable energy or energy efficiency technology solution. Since 2003, the presenting companies have collectively raised more than $5.3 Billion in growth financing.

Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

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Every Month

Pitch Club PDX

2nd Thursday of each month at 5:30pm

Pitch Club is an ongoing monthly series where entrepreneurs can practice pitching and get feedback.

Tom Kingsley creates a dynamic and realistic environment to give participants a better understanding of what investors are looking for. Participating entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to role-play as investors evaluating other entrepreneurs.