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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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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

Apply to OEN’s Angel Oregon Program!

Dec 14, 2016 to Jan 26, 2017

Got a great idea? Apply by January 26 to help it take flight. OEN’s Angel Oregon Program is a chance for entrepreneurs to hone their pitch and business plan, connect to mentors and resources, and potentially win an investment of over $200,000.

In 2017, OEN will be offering entrepreneurs a chance to compete in Early Stage or Concept Stage categories. Applicants to either category may also be considered for loans ranging from $25,000 – $250,000 through Business Oregon’s Small Business Expansion Program. Additionally, women or minority entrepreneurs may be considered for cash awards (not loans, not equity!) of $5,000 to $10,000 at the Concept Stage level or a special equity investment of at least $25,000 at the Early Stage level. 

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

Apply to the Willamette Angel Conference!

Jan 10 to Feb 24, 2017

Angel Investors from Oregon's Southern Willamette Valley are raising a minimum investment prize of $250,000. Apply by 2/24 to compete!

The Willamette Angel Conference is a annual event and fund that alternates between Eugene and Corvallis, Oregon. An investment committee forms an LLC each year with the intent to make an investment that will be showcased at the annual Conference.

In 2017, the conference will be held on May 11th at the Whiteside Theatre in Corvallis. WAC expects to invest between $200K and $1 million dollars into companies at the conference (in 2016 $1.2M was invested as a result of the conference).  

Applications can be submitted starting in January 2017. Applications close on February 24th. Visit www.willametteconference.com for more details and to complete your registration as a business applicant. 

Information about the Willamette Angels:

  1. The Willamette Angels typically provide funding for
    more than one company each year - including the WAC winner and sidecar deals that result from the conference on May 11th. For example, last year, the Willamette Angels invested over $1.2 million ($300,000 went into the Conference co-winner, Code3Simulator, and $100,000 into co-winner, Agility Robotics. An additional $800,000 was invested in these and other ventures as a result of the conference).
  2. The WAC welcomes startups from all industries.
  3. Investment decisions happen quickly with the winner(s) announced on May 11th.

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Event Categories: Competitions/Opportunities at Events, Angel Investing 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

Net Positive Energy + Water Conference

Feb 18 to Feb 19, 2017

San Diego, CA

The International Living Future Institute is hosting its third annual Net Positive Energy and Water Conference, dedicated to the exchange of technical expertise, bold strategies and provocative case studies—all aimed at accelerating the global shift toward Net Positive Energy and Water buildings and communities.

In the past few years, net positive energy and net zero water projects have gained tremendous momentum. New projects are rapidly emerging to transform the built environment. New regulations and policies are drafted to incentivize Net Zero Energy buildings. With the pressure of the drought in California and the Southwestern United States, it is more important than ever that we collaborate to create communities that are beneficial to their surrounding ecosystems.

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Event Category: Conferences

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

Mass Timber Conference

Mar 28 to Mar 30, 2017

Portland, OR

A lineup of expert speakers from around the world will address how we can advance cross-laminated timber and the mass timber industry, and how we can increase the use of wood in mid-rise and tall buildings across the world.

The Mass Timber Conference explores the entire supply chain for cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail-laminated timber, glulam panels, laminated veneer lumber, and other mass timber; and the opportunities and obstacles for mass timber building in global construction. Benefit from 80 speakers, 4 focused educational tracks, 60 exhibits (and poster presentations) in the exhibit hall, multiple networking receptions, and one of the largest gatherings of CLT and mass timber experts in the world. The conference attracts professionals from across the forest, manufacturing, design, and construction industries.

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Event Categories: Conferences, Showcases