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2016 TAO Member Kickoff Party

Jan 14, 2016

Join the Technology Association of Oregon for their annual Kickoff Party!

Meet and network with new and existing members including the TAO Board, Community Chairs, volunteers, and other movers & shakers in Oregon’s growing tech community. 

You won't want to miss the evening’s presentation showcasing initiatives for 2016 including recruiting and retaining talent, introduction of topically-oriented think tanks called "Labs", and TAO’s continued expansion and influence in the region and outside of the state. 

Ticket purchase includes food and drinks, interactive activities, prizes, and much more!

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Event Categories: Meetings, Openings

A Water Technology Meetup

Jun 10, 2015

Market Center Building, Suite 316, 1600 SW Market Street, Portland, OR 97201

Join water industry and university research representatives to learn and discuss opportunities for collaboration in innovation, research and business development.

Presentations by:

  • Julia Person, Craft Brew Alliance, Sustainability Manager discussing challenges with process and waste water
  • Assistant Professor Meghna Babbar-Sebens, Co-Director of the OSU-Benton County Green Stormwater Infrastructure Facility

RSVP to karl.mundorff@oregonbest.org

Event Category: Meetings

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

Crowdfunding: Changing the Future of Business Fundraising

Nov 13 to Nov 14, 2014

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Drive Oregon's November event will take an in-depth look at the topic of crowdfunding and how it can support companies in the electric vehicle industry.

What do businesses need to know about crowdfunding? Which firms can benefit the most? What are the strengths and challenges of this strategy? What are some key tips on having a successful crowdfunding campaign? Crowdfunding expert Lou Doctor will share his experiences and give an inside look at the world of crowdfunding in Portland and beyond. 

Attendance is FREE for Drive Oregon members, $25 for non-members. We will provide Oregon wine, beer and light refreshments at no additional charge. Space is limited, so don't delay - reserve your ticket now! 

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Event Categories: Meetings, Workshops, Trainings & Lectures

Energy Storage 2017: Opportunities and Challenges for Electric Grid, Wave, Hydropower and Other Sustainable Energies

Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2017

LaSells Stewart Center Oregon State University, Oregon State University

OSU and JCESR hosting discussion event focused on novel energy storage systems for the grid, wave and other power generation technology

Organized by Oregon State University (OSU) with assistance from the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), this one-and-a-half-day symposium will be held on November 5-6, 2017 at OSU to bring together thought leaders driving the implementation of novel energy storage systems for the grid, wave and other power generation technology.

The goal of this meeting is to discuss the use of energy storage for the grid and the challenges pairing storage with different types of sustainable energy. The event will serve as a forum for industry, utility companies, academic and government researchers, and policy makers to discuss energy storage challenges in the Northwest region and across the country. 

Event Category: Meetings

Eugene & Springfield Startup Weekend

Nov 13 to Nov 15, 2015

Eugene & Springfield, OR

Come collaborate, innovate and compete!

Startup Weekend Eugene/Springfield 2015 will be held at the new Springfield Fertilab from Nov 13-15. Come pitch your business or product ideas on opening night. The top ideas will pick teams to develop a more detailed business plan over the weekend. This is also a great chance to connect with the local startup community, meet with entrepreneurs and listen to some great speakers! 

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Event Categories: Meetings, Competitions/Opportunities at Events

GC3 Innovators Roundtable

May 24 to May 26, 2016

Burlington, VT

The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) is a business-to-business forum that advances the application of green chemistry and design for environment across supply chains.

The GC3 Innovators Roundtable is a vital forum where leading experts in business, government, and not-for-profits gather to:

  • Learn about new business strategies and emerging policy issues that influence the application of green chemistry in industry
  • Network and discuss challenges and solutions to mainstreaming green chemistry
  • Form new business partnerships
  • Design and get involved in strategic, collaborative GC3  projects

The Roundtable presents a unique opportunity for businesses to connect across supply chains and sectors. Networking events and receptions are productive and enjoyable.  Attendees focus on developing practical solutions in a safe, collegial environment.

GC3 members and non-members are welcome to attend.

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Event Categories: Meetings, Conferences

Global 1000: Meet the Corporates

Sep 24, 2015

New York, NY

This event provides Global 1000 corporates the opportunity to meet and network with innovative, high-growth companies and portfolio-holders in local venues.

The event is by-invitation only and is open to Global 1000 corporates and to Portfolio Holders. If you are a VC, angel investor, university startup creation officer, you can request an invitation to attend the event to discuss corporate interest in your investment strategy and portfolio companies by filling out a short form.

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Event Categories: Conferences, Meetings

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

International Conference and Workshop on Transactive Energy

May 17 to May 19, 2016

Portland, OR

The meeting brings-together representatives of government, industry, utilities, vendor organizations and academia who have an interest in advancing transactive energy—an approach that combines economic and control techniques to improve power grid reliability and efficiency.

The GridWise® Architecture Council and Smart Grid Northwest are pleased to announce that the Third International Conference and Workshop on Transactive Energy will be held May 17 through May 19th, 2016, again in Portland, Oregon, at the World Trade Center: TES 2016 (formerly "TEC"). Capacity will be limited.

The event has a variety of worthwhile activities for energy professionals, policy makers and anyone interested in the value revolution of intelligent electricity. The conference will feature keynote talks from energy industry leaders, international expert panels, presentations of selected papers on topics critical to the success of transactive energy. There will also be four different interactive workshops where attendees can discuss and develop answers to important questions about the future of intelligent electricity.

The 2016 conference will again be a partnership between the GridWise® Architecture Council (GWAC) and Smart Grid Northwest with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric, and others. 

GWAC was formed by the U.S. Department of Energy to promote and enable interoperability among the many entities that interact with the nation's electric power system. Organizers of the conference are currently developing the schedule, so check-back often to see schedule changes.

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Event Categories: Conferences, Meetings, Workshops, Trainings & Lectures

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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.