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 24, 2016

The SXSW Eco Startup Showcase celebrates the early-stage companies that are set to change the world. Apply by June 24, 2016!

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

Intel Outside

Jun 1, 2016

Portland, OR

A Portland community effort to connect former Intel employees with opportunities in startups and tech companies.

By now, you've heard the news that Intel is in the midst of reducing its global workforce. Nearly 800 people from our community are now in the midst of searching for new jobs.

In Oregon, we have never been a community that shies away from making the best out of every situation. Organizations from around Portland have banded together to host a free event connecting former Intel employees with opportunities in startups and tech companies.

Your company needs talent. These former Intel employees need jobs. It's a potential win-win!

Event Categories: Meetings, Competitions/Opportunities at Events

Clean Energy Ministerial

Jun 1 to Jun 2, 2016

The annual meeting of energy ministers and other high-level delegates from the 23 CEM member countries and the European Commission will provide an opportunity for the major economies to collaborate on solutions that advance clean energy globally and demonstrate tangible follow-up actions to COP21.

The annual meeting of energy ministers and other high-level delegates from the 23 CEM member countries and the European Commission will provide an opportunity for the major economies to collaborate on solutions that advance clean energy globally and demonstrate tangible follow-up actions to COP21. 

In addition to U.S. Secretary Moniz, CEM7 is expected to include global energy leaders such as China’s Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, European Commissioner for Climate and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, and India’s Minister of Power, Coal & New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal. Leaders from the business and investment community working in clean energy are also expected to participate as well as leaders from international energy organizations, foundations, research institutes, and academia.

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Smart Cities Innovation Summit

Jun 13 to Jun 15, 2016

Austin, TX

The 2016 Smart Cities Innovation Summit brings together over 100 Cities and their respective leadership to prospect and partner with innovative technology and service providers; linking progressive cities with state-of-art solutions and best practices.

Join over 100 Cities in Austin, co-located with US Ignite's Application Summit, the Smart Cities Innovation Summit assembles the premier global community of city, government, investment and industry leadership. Save-the-date, reserve your booth, or submit your solution today!

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Event Categories: Conferences, Showcases

GAI AgTech Week

Jun 21 to Jun 23, 2016

San Francisco Grand Hyatt

Global AgInvesting (GAI), the premier agriculture investment conference series and publisher, is expanding to the west coast with the inaugural GAI AgTech Week in San Francisco.

This groundbreaking conference will provide two and a half days of engaging keynote presentations by industry leaders, thought-provoking panels, innovative company presentations and interactive workshops, all designed to educate and inspire investors and entrepreneurs with a broad range of investment opportunities in the food and agriculture technology sectors worldwide.

Since its inception in 2009, GAI has hosted over 6,500 institutional investors, farm and fund managers, agribusiness professionals and industry experts, with events in New York, Geneva, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, London, and Dubai. GAI AgTech Week is owned and produced by global food and agribusiness consulting, events and media firm, HighQuest Group, and is hosted in association with Larta Institute, the industry leader in developing, showcasing, and commercializing agtech innovation. This event will draw on the unique strengths of both companies and their combined experience in organizing over 30 international events developed specifically for the food and agriculture industry. 

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Event Category: Conferences


Jun 21 to Jun 23, 2016

Honolulu, HI

Accelerating sustainability solutions in an interconnected world.

VERGE will convene leaders from diverse domains - energy, buildings, transportation, food and water systems, supply chains, and cities - using technology and systems-thinking to accelerate sustainability solutions. 

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Event Category: Conferences

Managing Stormwater In Oregon

Jun 21, 2016

Portland, OR

A conference just for Oregon - bringing together regulated companies, solution providers, and government agencies to explore best practices and cost-effective solutions.

This year's focus is on Industrial Stormwater Management with educational sessions covering:

  • - Industrial Stormwater Fundamentals
  • - Effective Control Strategies
  • - Regulatory & Policy Issues
Event Categories: Conferences, Meetings

OEN's Entrepreneurial Summit

Jun 22, 2016

Pensole, 412 NW Couch Suite 203 Portland, OR

Fuel your own entrepreneurial journey with the personal stories of challenge and triumph from Oregon’s Doers and Big Thinkers.

OEN’s Entrepreneurial Summit is an annual storytelling event that brings a group of successful Oregon entrepreneurs into one place for one day. Each speaker gets 10 minutes to share his or her story.

Whether expanding opportunities for life-saving medical research, pioneering new energy-saving systems, or reinventing the perfect donut, our storytellers share an appetite for adventure, innovation, and problem-solving.

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Event Category: Conferences