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 BEST FEST! Our signature event brings together a diverse audience of university researchers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, investors, and curious individuals who have the common goal of accelerating solutions to environmental challenges. 

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Pitch Club PDX

Ongoing, starting January 1, 2017

Portland, OR

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.

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Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

Cleantech Challenge

Apr 1 to May 6, 2017

Do you have an inspired solution to one of today's most pressing environmental problems? Apply by MAY 6! Now open to all Oregon colleges and universities.

The PSU Cleantech Challenge, presented by Wells Fargo, will help you take your concept from idea to reality. Pitch your idea, win a $2,500 summer development grant, build your prototype, and then show off the finished product for a chance to win up to $50,000 in grants and prizes.

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Event Categories: Competitions/Opportunities at Events, Workshops, Trainings & Lectures, Showcases

Call for Exhibitor Abstracts

Apr 5 to May 15, 2017

Present your breakthrough water technology, concept, novel application, original idea, or new twist! Submit your abstract by May 15 to present technical information at WEFTEC, the water quality event.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is pleased to announce exclusive opportunities for exhibitors to present technical information at WEFTEC 2017. Help educate WEFTEC participants technically while gaining additional exposure for your company. There are several different formats to select from: Mobile Sessions, Stormwater Pavilion Sessions, and a special Technical Session.

The Call for Exhibitor Abstracts will close on May 15 at 11:59pm Eastern for review and selection by members of the Program Committee.

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Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

Ocean Exchange Call for Solutions

Apr 15 to Jul 31, 2017

Have a solution to make shipping/logistics more sustainable? Or a solution to help minimize impact on marine life and coastlines? Register by July 31, 2017 to compete for a $100,000 award through Ocean Exchange!

Ocean Exchange welcomes registration from innovators with Solutions (with working prototypes) in materials, devices, processes, and systems with the ability to: Have Impact Though Sustainability — innovations that generate economic growth and increased productivity, while reducing the use of nature’s resources and waste. 

The WWL Orcelle® Award 2017 $100,000 USD is given to the solution that makes shipping and logistics more sustainable by advancing zero-emission, marine and/or land based technologies that are commercially viable.

The Neptune Award 2017 $100,000 USD is given to the solution that advances our understanding of the ocean and that helps minimize our impact on these resources, even while using them for human benefit, resulting in more resilient bodies of water including healthy marine life and coastlines.

2017 Theme: Impact Through Sustainability
Monetary Awards: WWL Orcelle® Award and The Neptune Award 2017
Amount: $100,000 USD for Each Award
Deadlines: Register by 11:59PM GMT – Monday, July 31, 2017
Exchange Dates: October 8-10, 2017
Event Location: Savannah, Georgia USA

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Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

OEN's Angel Oregon Showcase

Apr 27, 2017

Portland, OR

Got a great idea? OEN wants to help it take flight. OEN’s Angel Oregon Program is a chance for entrepreneurs to hone their pitch and business plan and connect to mentors, resources, and funding opportunities.

OEN’s Angel Oregon Showcase is your opportunity to discover breakthrough ideas, explore new markets, and make invaluable business connections. Join over 300 investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders to get a sneak peek at Oregon’s most exciting up-and-coming companies!

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

Willamette Angel Conference

May 11, 2017

Corvallis, OR

The Willamette Angel Conference increases the amount of seed capital and angel funds available in the Willamette Valley by connecting early stage and seed businesses with angel and venture investors.

WAC is an annual investor conference committed to building a strong economy through support of entrepreneurial ventures in Oregon. Early stage entrepreneurial ventures are highlighted to investors when entrepreneurs submit a business plan for review and coaching. Investors complete due diligence on finalists before awarding an investment on the day of the conference.

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

INOREgon Symposium

May 19 to May 22, 2017

Corbett, OR

This year’s North American Symposium will be held in the state of Oregon, which has proven to be a leader in offshore renewable energy development.

Are you a graduate student, early-stage researcher, or young professional in offshore renewable energy? You’re invited to Oregon State University this May for INORE’s annual North American Symposium! Join us for four days of research sharing, idea exchange, workshops, and site visits in a dynamic and informal environment. Meet and collaborate with like-minded individuals from around the world specializing in offshore renewable energy.

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Event Categories: Conferences, Competitions/Opportunities at Events

VERGE Hawaii

Jun 20 to Jun 22, 2017

Honolulu, HI

Join 900+ clean energy leaders at VERGE Hawaii to explore groundbreaking clean energy policies, models, technologies and infrastructure to accelerate the clean energy future in Hawaii and worldwide.

In partnership with the Hawaii State Energy Office, the event will spur the immediate actions needed to deliver on Hawaii’s mandate to reach 100% renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2045 while paving the way for other regions to follow. Join us and save 10% with code VH17OB.

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Event Categories: Conferences, Competitions/Opportunities at Events

CleanTech Showcase

Jun 26, 2017

Seattle, WA

CleanTech Innovation Showcase is the premier one-day event to experience the latest cleantech innovations, ideas and initiatives.

  • Network with 500+ cleantech industry leaders, investors, policymakers and media from across the U.S., Canada and beyond.
  • See the next-generation of clean technologies from 24 featured presenting companies.
  • Tour the CleanTech Innovation Expo featuring international pavilions, company exhibits, technology demonstrations, research posters and more.
  • Visit the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator startup pavilion.
  • Learn from renowned keynote speakers and panelists.
Event Categories: Conferences, Competitions/Opportunities at Events, Showcases