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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

AEMC Summit

Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2014

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20004

The 2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit is the second premier, annual, national event dedicated to building momentum around American innovation, progress and competitiveness in energy and manufacturing.

The Summit will galvanize public and private sector leaders to take concrete actions to enhance U.S. productivity and prosperity. This gathering of preeminent figures from industry, government, academia, the national laboratories, labor and other key stakeholder communities will bring together the nation’s best minds and strongest leaders to build relationships, celebrate success, and set an agenda for concrete policy actions to strengthen America’s manufacturing sector, and to catalyze new economic opportunity through the development and deployment of next-generation energy technologies. The Inaugural AEMC Summit convened more than 500 CEOs, university presidents, national laboratory directors, and other stakeholders from across America.

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Event Category: Conferences

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Feb 29 to Mar 2, 2016

Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745

Join Oregon BEST at the premier event for transformative energy solutions!

This event brings together thought leaders from academia, business, and government to discuss cutting-edge energy issues and facilitate relationships to help move technologies into the marketplace. The Summit’s strategic combination of leaders makes it the perfect forum for developing energy solutions that will enable America to out-innovate its global competitors. 

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Event Categories: Conferences, Showcases

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

AWRA Washington State Conference

Oct 22, 2015

Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, Seattle WA

This year’s conference will focus on the latest understanding of impacts of climate change to water resources in Washington State and potential strategies for adapting to these changes.

The warm winter of 2015, perhaps a typical year in future decades, provides an interesting backdrop for discussing climate change impacts. An evening reception will follow the conference with an opportunity to meet and mingle among water resource professionals.

The American Water Resources Association, Washington Section is a nonprofit organization for people involved in water resources in Washington State. Their goals are to provide forums for advancing water resources management in Washington and the Pacific Northwest region; serve the public interest by supporting education and informational exchanges; involve professionals and students from all disciplines and interested members of the public in activities that promote broad discussion and understanding of water resources issues; and recognize excellence in water resource education, management, and research.

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Event Category: Conferences

Ag Innovation Showcase

Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2015

St. Louis, MO

Each year, the Ag Innovation Showcase features the most promising Ag start-ups and research projects pursuing solutions in ag-biotech, renewable energy, sustainable materials, animal health, soil & water, and farming technology from across the globe. Their alumni companies transform ideas into practical solutions that combine humanitarian concern with commercial viability. 

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

Alternative Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo

May 2 to May 5, 2016

Long Beach, CA

The Largest Clean Fleet Event. All Alternative Fuels. All Weight Classes.

All weight classes and alternative fuel types are represented—electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, and renewable fuels—providing a one-stop shop for fleets to learn how to reduce costs and emissions.

  • Network with more than 3,500 clean transportation stakeholders
  • See hundreds of leading vehicle, fueling, and technology suppliers in the Expo Hall
  • See real-world AFV projects at off-site tours in Southern California
  • Learn from peers in fleet-focused educational sessions

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Event Categories: Showcases, Conferences

Aquaponics Association 2017 Conference, Putting Down Roots

Nov 3 to Nov 5, 2017

909 N Hayden Island Dr Portland, OR 97217 United States, Red Lion Hotel (Portland, OR)

Aquaponics Conference In Portland!

The Aquaponics Association 2017 Conference, Putting Down Roots, is about growing more of our food with aquaponics.  We will become the backbone of local food economies with efficient systems that can be placed anywhere, grow year-round, create jobs, save resources, and make us healthier.  The conference will help YOU put down roots in your community with aquaponics.

Event Category: Conferences

Bend Venture Conference

Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2016

Bend, OR

The Bend Venture Conference, hosted by EDCO, is the largest Angel Conference in the Pacific Northwest.

The event connects seed, early stage, and growth stage startups with investment opportunities. Total Awards in the 2015 Bend Venture Conference Companies hit $947,500. At BVC, there are three categories of competition – Social Impact, Early Stage and Growth Stage, with five finalists (companies) selected in each category.

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Event Categories: Conferences, Competitions/Opportunities at Events, Angel Investing Events

Built Up Festival

Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2017

Portland, OR

The things we make sustain and support who we are. Oregon is a world class leader in consumer products, and it’s time to own that message and voice.

Oregonians are crafters, innovators, and collaborators. We look to redefine product categories and lead in ways that stay true to the statewide communities from which they come. We are proud of what we create, and sometimes aggressively humble in how we promote them. 

The Built Up Festival will celebrate the makers, brands and regions that create Oregon's tapestry. The aim is to bring together companies from across a variety of  industries throughout the state for inspired and innovative programming, events, collaboration, industry resources, music & art, and — most importantly — the ability to connect. 

The goal of the event is to lay the foundation for a yearly World’s Fair type event upon which to build a modern day Lewis & Clark Exposition — one that encourages thought exchange, highlights Oregon’s competitive advantage, and establishes relationships that last for years to come.

The Built Up Festival will highlight consumer innovation through  exhibits, intimate intellectual environments, open-air performances, site-specific brand activations, tasting opportunities and collaborative presentations. Just as important, a marketplace will feature Oregon's diverse and inclusive consumer products to potential buyers and capital support.

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Event Categories: Conferences, Showcases

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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.