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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

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

Cleantech Forum

Jan 23 to Jan 25, 2017

San Francisco, CA

This annual gathering of the global cleantech innovation community offers a comprehensive, three-day program along with exclusive opportunities to network, learn, and get deals done.

Entrepreneurs: The startups and innovators on the front lines of sustainable innovation.

Corporates: Representatives from today’s leading corporate open innovation and venturing programs – those funding, incubating and partnering with innovation for strategic as well as financial return.

Financial Investors: Representatives from leading financial firms – venture and growth capital firms, from Sand Hill Road to Zhongguancun, along with the angels and family offices looking to make a sustainable impact and financial return.

Innovation Leaders: The ecosystem is completed with the presence of public sector officials and programs specialized in helping cleantech and resource innovation, and by lawyers and bankers, thinkers and innovation visionaries.

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Event Category: Conferences

Science Talk NW

Jan 26 to Jan 27, 2017

Portland, OR

Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to a non-scientist?

Have you ever been frustrated at the way science is covered in general media and used in policy? Have you wondered just what they’re teaching about science these days? 

Science Talk NW will unite active scientists, science communicators, journalists, students, and trainees for two exciting days of learning how to talk science to non-scientists or those outside your discipline. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and a science communication contest specifically for students and postdoctoral fellows.

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Event Category: Workshops, Trainings & Lectures

Latino Tech Fest

Jan 28, 2017

Hillsboro, OR

Hispanicpros’ 2nd Annual Latin@ Technology Fest will provide a platform for Technology companies and government agencies to engage 200+ Hispanic professionals with STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) backgrounds as well as college students interested in STEAM careers.

This initiative is in its second installment of several to address the low percentages of diverse professionals working in the Technology Industry.

The Latin@ Technology Fest features companies seeking diverse talent and diverse entrepreneurs that will inspire diversity in entrepreneurship. During the same event, non-profit organizations that offer support to professionals and students seeking opportunities in STEAM sectors will also be featured.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and connect with companies seeking diverse talent. Seasoned professionals will have the opportunity to meet with hiring companies, while students hear from a professional panel regarding current trends in the market. Technology startups founded by diverse founders will also have the opportunity to pitch their idea or business. 

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Event Categories: Competitions/Opportunities at Events, Meetings, Showcases

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Feb 27 to Mar 1, 2017

Washington, D.C.

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is an annual conference and technology showcase that brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways.

Now in its eighth year, the Summit offers a unique, three-day program aimed at moving transformational energy technologies out of the lab and into the market. Join other energy industry experts, thought leaders, and decision makers at the 2017 Summit to: 

  • Experience first-hand the latest technological advancements across a wide variety of energy sectors
  • Attend practical seminars about transitioning cutting-edge technologies into successful commercial products
  • Network with breakthrough technology companies, federal government leaders, entrepreneurs and researchers who are ready to collaborate
  • Meet influential government, research labs, and private-sector leaders and learn about partnerships and funding opportunities
  • Hear insightful keynotes from industry leaders and luminaries on the future of energy technology
  • Apply to have your breakthrough technology featured in the highly regarded Technology Showcase

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Event Categories: Conferences, Showcases

ICOregon Innovation Showcase

Mar 1, 2017

Salem, OR

This event will serve as a platform to promote interaction between industry, legislators, and Oregon research universities by working to advance discoveries through collaborative research and licensing.

Innovate Collaborate Oregon (ICOregon) promotes interaction between industry and Oregon research universities. Oregon universities work with entrepreneurs and industry to advance discoveries through collaborative research and licensing. These efforts ensure that ideas generated by faculty, students, and staff are translated into products and services that benefit the global community.

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Event Category: Showcases

NREL Industry Growth Forum

Apr 13 to Apr 14, 2017

Denver, CO

NREL's Industry Growth Forum is the perfect venue for growing companies to prepare, refine, and present their businesses to a wide range of investors.

For over twenty years, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) Industry Growth Forum has been the nation's premier clean energy investment event. The Forum features presentations from 30 emerging clean energy companies, provocative panels, one-on-one meetings, and organized networking opportunities. Entrepreneurial companies ranging from university and laboratory spinouts to commercially ready clean technologies from across the globe apply to present at the Forum.

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Event Categories: Conferences, Competitions/Opportunities at Events, Meetings

InfoAg

Jul 25 to Jul 27, 2017

St. Louis, MO

InfoAg is designed for people who apply information and technology to the work of agriculture production.

InfoAg is the premier conference on the practical application of precision agriculture. It features an educational program that includes plenary and breakout sessions along with an extensive exhibit hall of leading vendors of precision agriculture, hardware, software, and services. 

The educational program is perfect for learning new perspectives about how to put technology to work in the field and discussing more about new products and services. No matter your point of view, you are bound to gain something new that will help you with your use of precision agriculture. 

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Event Categories: Conferences, Showcases, Workshops, Trainings & Lectures