Upcoming Events & Opportunities

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 13, 2016

DeskHub: 334 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR, US, 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

OMEP Office Hours

Ongoing, starting February 10, 2016

The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership will be available for half-hour meetings with companies that have questions related to manufacturing.

OMEP's manufacturing consultants are available to assist you no matter your stage - whether you're designing for manufacturing, working with a contract manufacturer, or looking to scale your current production. 

OMEP will be available on second Wednesdays in the afternoon here at DeskHub. Use our online scheduler to book a 25 minute consultation:

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We're located in the DeskHub co-working space at 334 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209.

Event Categories: Office Hours, Workshops, Trainings & Lectures, Meetings

Apply to the SXSW Eco Startup Showcase

May 1 to Jun 27, 2016

The SXSW Eco Startup Showcase celebrates the early-stage companies that are set to change the world. Application deadline extended to June 27th!

The SXSW Eco Startup Showcase is a fast-paced pitch competition featuring top impact companies from around the world. Moving into its fifth year, the event has become a launching pad for the latest innovations set to positively impact society and the environment, and serves as a place of discovery for investors, corporations, city and federal government officials, foundations and media outlets. Collectively, participating companies have gone on to receive funding totaling over $60M, acquire global brands as clients, partner with utilities and energy companies, and develop other significant business relationships.

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Event Categories: Competitions/Opportunities at Events, Showcases

Startup Weekend Latino Portland

Jun 24 to Jun 26, 2016

Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. 

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Event Category: Workshops, Trainings & Lectures

CleanTech Showcase

Jun 27, 2016

This one-day event gathers the industry’s best and brightest to learn about the latest clean technology innovations, research and investment opportunities.

The CleanTech Showcase is the premier cleantech business conference in the Pacific Northwest. The 2016 event will feature:

  • Twenty-four presenting companies showcasing their latest innovations
  • Interactive cleantech startup pavilion and exhibits
  • Cleantech R&D poster session
  • Featured national speakers and panelists

More than 350 cleantech investors, partners, customers, media and policymakers will be on hand for networking and business development. 

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Event Category: Conferences

National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid

Jul 11 to Jul 13, 2016

Washington, D.C.

The National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid® is the premier event in the US focused on the business and policy aspects of demand response and its enabling technologies and applications.

It is unique in that it devotes an entire day to roundtable discussions featuring experts in demand response and smart grid, who discuss with each other and with the audience the latest trends, issues, and business developments. The National Town Meeting also features panel discussions, case studies, and presentations of best practices. Another hallmark is attendee engagement, whether through Q&A sessions with top business leaders and policymakers, through formal electronic voting, or through the National Town Meeting’s reception and other networking sessions.

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Event Category: Meetings

FOOD IT: Macro to Micro

Jul 12, 2016

Mountain View, CA

Once again, start-ups, key industry players, investors and representatives from leading global food and agriculture innovation hubs will unite at our FOOD IT flagship event, held in conjunction with the FEED Collaborative of Stanford.

In conjunction with Stanford’s FEED Collaborative, The Mixing Bowl is organizing their second annual Food IT conference at Stanford to bring together Food/Ag-focused start-ups, venture capitalists, IT innovators, and small/mid/large food and agricultural sector players. The daylong event will be held at the Arrillaga Alumni Center at Stanford University on Wednesday June 24th, 2015.

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Event Category: Conferences

EV Roadmap Workshop

Jul 20 to Jul 21, 2016

Portland, OR

The "EV Roadmap" workshop series brings together Oregon's early adopters with national and international experts to inform transportation electrification efforts across the nation.

The EV Roadmap series of workshops has established itself as the Pacific Northwest's premier electric vehicle gathering and one of the leading electric vehicle conferences in the United States. Founded by Portland General Electric and Portland State University, and now produced by Drive Oregon, the conference provides a "graduate course" in electric vehicle deployment.

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Event Categories: Workshops, Trainings & Lectures, Conferences

USBI Biochar Conference

Aug 22 to Aug 25, 2016

CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331

The U.S. Biochar Initiative and Sustainable Obtainable Solutions aims to bring together stakeholders in the applied biochar research community and the private sector to further biochar market development.

Over the last several years, researchers have helped open up many promising avenues for biochar market development in North America. Likewise, many entrepreneurs and small business owners have made investments to develop commercial markets. With so much research being published on biochar (over 5000 publications in 2015 alone!), there is a need to bring together these two groups to share information, lessons learned, and to solicit ideas on the pathway forward for biochar commercial development. This event is designed for farmers, foresters, policy makers, biochar producers, industry professionals and entrepreneurs. Students and interested citizens will also benefit from this event.

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Event Category: Conferences

Ocean Renewable Energy Conference

Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2016

Portland, OR

For ten years, the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference (OREC) helped bring a nascent industry’s challenges and opportunities into focus. OREC XI will embark on a new decade of solutions, as marine energy scales to commercialization.

This year’s conference, with a wider regional and technological foundation, is structured to tap the experience and knowledge of leaders from industry, academia and government, joined as a single community to realize the full potential of this new, 21st century energy source. For marine renewables, the power is in the journey we share, and OREC XI, in Portland, Oregon, is the next stop.

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Event Category: Conferences