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

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

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

CleanTech Alliance Annual Meeting

Nov 10, 2016

Seattle, WA

The CleanTech Alliance Annual Meeting is Washington State’s largest gathering of cleantech industry leaders featuring more than 300 business executives, investors and policymakers along with multiple international delegations.

Each year, CleanTech Alliance presents the CleanTech Achievement Award to recognize a company or organization’s significant contribution to the region’s cleantech industry.

CleanTech Alliance will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2017. This year’s Annual Meeting sets the stage with a look at the region’s cleantech industry sector past, present and future. Enjoy a distinguished panel of executives featuring CleanTech Alliance Board Chairs from the past decade, including:

  • David Allen: Executive Vice President of McKinstry
  • Bill McSherry: VP of State & Local Government and Corporate Citizenship for Boeing
  • Kirt Montague: CEO of Plum Energy
  • Steve Gerritson: Retired VP of the EDC of Seattle & King County
  • Steve Klein: CEO of Klein Tech Advisors Group

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

U.S. Energy Storage Summit

Dec 7 to Dec 8, 2016

San Francisco, CA

Now in its second year, the U.S. Energy Storage Summit will bring together utilities, financiers, regulators, technology innovators, and storage practitioners for two full days of data-intensive presentations, analyst-led panel sessions with industry leaders, and extensive, high-level networking.

Event Category: Conferences

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

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


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