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NREL’s 30th Industry Growth Forum

May 3 to May 4, 2018

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. Entrepreneurial companies ranging from university and laboratory spinouts to commercially ready clean technologies from across the globe apply to present at the Forum.

The Forum attracts leading cleantech investors, corporate partners, and global energy companies looking for strategic investments and partnering opportunities. Executives attend to:

  • Meet with cutting-edge clean energy growth companies
  • Network with their peers and make new connections
  • Get a "big picture" overview of the emerging industry and the issues affecting technological innovation, capitalization, and commercialization. 

Please register now to attend the event to take advantage of discounted rates: http://www.nrelforum.com/Register

Evolve Your Startup – Implementing a Financial Systems – Beyond Spreadsheets

May 8, 2018

805 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205 USA, Moss Adams

The Evolve Your Start-up series continues... stay tuned for more details

Event Category: Workshops, Trainings & Lectures

SBIR/STTR Spring Conference

May 13 to May 16, 2018

Anaheim, CA

SBIR/STTR programs are the nation's largest source of early stage / high risk R&D funding for small business. At this conference you'll learn how to participate and compete for funding in these two programs that encourage small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) and to commercialize your technological innovations.

To learn more and to register, Click Here

Event Categories: Conferences, Workshops, Trainings & Lectures

22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Jun 18 to Jun 20, 2018

Portland, OR

Product Innovation Using Greener Chemistries

This June over 500 scientists, engineers and leaders from industry, academia and government will be gathering in Portland, Oregon for the 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, June 18-20, 2018. The American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute® aims to catalyze and enable the implementation of green chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemical enterprise. As the longest running Green Chemistry & Engineering conference in the United States, GC&E invites scientists, decision-makers, students, and advocates to come together, compare findings, and discuss the science of the future. 

The theme of this year’s conference will be around Product Innovation Using Greener Chemistries.

Event Category: Conferences

SBIR Road Tour Stops in Oregon & Washington

Jul 17 to Jul 18, 2018


Portland - July 17th, 2018 (8a-3p) at Portland State University (Smith Memorial Union Building, #355)
Seattle - July 18th, 2018 (8a-3p) at Location TBD

The SBIR Road Tour is a national initiative to promote the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which provide $2.5 billion annually in funding to small advanced technology firms to spur new technological discoveries and facilitate the commercialization of innovations.  The NW stops of the SBIR Road Tour will be 1-day live events located in downtown Portland on July 17 and Seattle on July 18.  These events provide an exceptional opportunity to meet directly with over 25 program managers from the 12 Federal agencies with SBIR/STTR programs.  

This is a rare opportunity - the last NW visit for the Road Tour was 2015!   Oregon BEST is the lead Host for both Portland and Seattle events.  

Registration opening mid May 2018.
One-on-one meetings with Program Managers will be scheduled following registration.

For more information about this National event, Click Here

Event Category: Workshops, Trainings & Lectures

Biochar 2018

Aug 20 to Aug 23, 2018

Wilmington, Delaware, Chase Center on the Riverfront

"The Carbon Link in Watershed Ecosystem Services"

USBI Biochar 2018 is the largest event in North America dedicated to advancing the sustainable production and use of biochar through scientific and engineering research, policy development, field practice, and technology transfer. Attendees can expect to:

  • Learn about ground breaking scientific research and technologies
  • Discover the benefits that biochar can provide
  • Hear from biochar experts about ways to restore and remediate our watersheds
  • Connect with leading biochar businesses, producers and distributors

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Every Month

Pitch Club PDX

2nd Thursday of each month at 5:30pm

Pitch Club is an ongoing monthly series where entrepreneurs can practice pitching and get feedback.

Tom Kingsley creates a dynamic and realistic environment to give participants a better understanding of what investors are looking for. Participating entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to role-play as investors evaluating other entrepreneurs.