Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Calendars from Our Regional Partners


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 1, 2016

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

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

TechConnect Innovation Challenge

Sep 1, 2016 to Jan 27, 2017

Don’t miss this opportunity to place your technology, your company, or your agency’s awardee portfolio into the TechConnect Innovation Showcase and Accelerator program to be matched with the world’s largest gathering of potential investment and corporate partners. Apply by 1/27/17!

TechConnect is pleased to host 2017 TechConnect World, May 14-17 in Washington DC. The event, co-located with the 2017 National Innovation Summit the 2017 National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Conference, delivers the world’s largest showcase and accelerator for industry-vetted emerging-technologies ready for commercialization.

Submit your detailed innovation description through the online submission form for review by the TechConnect Accelerator Committee. There is no fee to submit your innovation. If accepted, there is a $1,000 showcase fee that includes one conference registration and showcase booth. All showcasing innovations will be included in the TechConnect Corporate Matching program.

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Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

Beaverton $100K Startup Challenge - Application Deadline September 30

Sep 30, 2016

The Beaverton $100K Startup Challenge helps five startups kick-start their business with coaching and mentoring support from the OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center).

The City of Beaverton, the West Side Startup Fund and OTBC worked together to create the Beaverton $100K Startup Challenge. The Challenge is sponsored by the city and Westside Startup Fund 2, LLC, and each contributes $50,000 to help five startups kick-start their business with coaching and mentoring support from the OTBC.

The Startup Challenge companies receive:

  • At least $20,000 convertible note investment
  • Discounted Legal, & Accounting services
  • HR and marketing assistance
  • OTBC’s top-rated mentoring services
  • OTBC entrepreneur workshops
  • … and more!
Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

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

CUB Policy Center Conference

Oct 14, 2016

Portland, OR

This all-day event will explore the once-futuristic changes now taking hold in the energy and utility sectors.

CUB is pleased to announce its sixth annual policy conference: The Future Starts Now, taking place on Friday, October 14, 2016, at the Downtown Portland Hilton (921 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97205). The program is specifically designed to educate utility analysts, policy analysts, attorneys, industry professionals, stakeholders, and others working in and around the energy industry.

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Event Category: Conferences

SSTI Conference

Nov 1 to Nov 3, 2016

Columbus, OH

Innovation with Purpose: Shaping Future Opportunities

The theme of SSTI’s 2016 Annual Conference is Innovation with Purpose: Shaping Future Opportunities. This year, SSTI invites you to join in moving beyond traditional themes of creating jobs and economic growth to focus on specific, purposeful outcomes that can be created by innovation ecosystems: broad inclusion, social impact and geographic diversity. 

Attendees are shaping the nation’s innovation ecosystems, responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs that contribute to the nation’s prosperity. They are policymakers, stakeholders and practitioners working to encourage prosperity through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Event Category: Conferences

SciTech Northwest

Nov 9, 2016

Seattle, WA

SciTech Northwest ’16 is the region’s first science and technology expo that highlights the latest innovations in cyber/data analytics, clean energy, and biotechnology from three premier Washington research institutions.

In partnership with the Technology Alliance, inventors and commercialization experts from Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryUniversity of Washington, and Washington State University will showcase more than 15 exciting new technologies with hands-on demonstrations. Attendees from businesses, industry, and universities will learn about opportunities for collaboration and technology licensing. This event includes featured speaker Matt McIlwain, Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group, with refreshments courtesy of intellectual property law firm Klarquist

This is a free event for research and technology professionals from science & technology related businesses, start-ups, research institutions, and investment entities. Space is limited; please register in advance.

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Event Category: Showcases