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1776 Challenge Cup Local: Portland

Dec 10, 2015

Portland, OR

Join promising startups from throughout Oregon and southern Washington for an evening of interesting and innovative ideas.

Each year 1776, a global incubator and venture fund, hosts a worldwide tournament called the Challenge Cup. Together, with our Startup Federation partners, Revolution, the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and over 50 incubator hosts around the world, we’ll discover the most promising, highly scalable startups that are poised to solve the major challenges of our time.

Startups advance through three rounds: Local, Regional and Global Finals. All of the regional winners and a host of wild cards will be invited to participate in the Challenge Cup Global Finals next June in Washington, D.C. There, they’ll compete for over $1 million in prizes, as well as spend time with the investors, customers, media and other key connections that can help them succeed on a global scale.

Hosted at the OMSI Empirical Theater in Portland, this 1776 Challenge Cup Local competition will feature startups that are providing solutions for: Cities, Education, Energy, Food, Health, Money, Security, and Transportation.

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Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

2015 VERGE Accelerate Fast-pitch Competition

Jul 6 to Aug 3, 2015

Selected companies give a 2.5-minute pitch from the main stage of VERGE to an audience of ~1500 attendees.

During the VERGE 2015 nomination window, from July 6 to August 3, entrepreneurs can submit 60-second video nominations, explaining the market opportunity their company is addressing and why they want to pitch at VERGE.

Selected videos will be posted to GreenBiz.com, where the broader community will cast votes and contribute input into the final selection of this year’s VERGE Accelerate cohort.

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

2018 Lloyd EcoDistrict: Sustainable Leadership Awards

Apr 12, 2018


Honor local and regional leaders whose work best models the way to community-based sustainability. The evening will feature an awards ceremony, a keynote address, raffle, hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres, and great company!

Tickets are now available! Get your $35 early bird tickets today!

Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

APPLY TO PRESENT at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Industry Growth Forum

Dec 15, 2017


DEADLINE EXTENDED to December 15, so APPLY SOON. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory invites emerging clean energy startups from around the world to apply to present their business opportunities at the 30th Industry Growth Forum May 3-4, 2018 in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Applicants range from prototype-stage to commercially ready with a renewable energy or energy efficiency technology solution. Since 2003, the presenting companies have collectively raised more than $5.3 Billion in growth financing.

Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit-Showcase

Jan 2, 2018


Apply to Present by January 2, 2018

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Showcase features cutting-edge technologies from across all energy sectors; experts, entrepreneurs, and researchers ready to collaborate; tangible innovations on display, and decision makers interested in investing in new technologies. Entrepreneurs, researchers, and students with a novel technology are encouraged to apply by January 2nd, 2018.

Event Categories: Competitions/Opportunities at Events, Showcases

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

Apply to Become an ARPA-E Summer Scholar!

Feb 2 to Apr 4, 2015

Washington, D.C.

ARPA-E is hiring Technology-to-Market Scholars to assist in the commercialization of high-impact technology development programs. Applications are due April 3rd.

Technology-to-Market Scholars Program (Summer 2015)

ARPA-E recruits Technology-to-Market Scholars who have a unique combination of technical and business skills to assist in the commercialization of high-impact technology development programs. This internship opportunity offers exposure to promoting the transition of cutting-edge energy technologies to market in a fast-paced environment. Scholars assist with Technology-to-Market program efforts in one or more topical areas. Each selected Scholar will be paid a weekly stipend and travel costs; length of stay ranges from 8-12 weeks.

Ideal candidates will have a bachelor’s degree (preferably in a technical field), are in the midst of completing a graduate level degree (preferably MBA or technical degree M.S./Ph.D. with a business focus), and have 3+ years relevant work experience.  Applicants should be prepared for deep immersion in a specific energy program area and must be comfortable working independently. Strong written and oral communication abilities, as well as an interest in energy and energy technologies, are required.

Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

Apply to OEN’s Angel Oregon Program!

Dec 14, 2016 to Jan 26, 2017

Got a great idea? Apply by January 26 to help it take flight. OEN’s Angel Oregon Program is a chance for entrepreneurs to hone their pitch and business plan, connect to mentors and resources, and potentially win an investment of over $200,000.

In 2017, OEN will be offering entrepreneurs a chance to compete in Early Stage or Concept Stage categories. Applicants to either category may also be considered for loans ranging from $25,000 – $250,000 through Business Oregon’s Small Business Expansion Program. Additionally, women or minority entrepreneurs may be considered for cash awards (not loans, not equity!) of $5,000 to $10,000 at the Concept Stage level or a special equity investment of at least $25,000 at the Early Stage level. 

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

Apply to Participate in the Smart Cities Innovation Summit

Jan 2 to Feb 27, 2016

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!

All submissions due February 26th, 2016

Smart Cities Innovation Challenge: Submit Innovation

Science & Technology Program: Submit Abstract

Solutions Panel Proposals: Submit Panel

Smart Cities Expo: Exhibit & Sponsor

Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

Apply to Present at the Bend Venture Conference

Jul 6 to Aug 12, 2016

Applications open July 6 for the Bend Venture Conference, the largest Angel Conference in the Pacific Northwest. Apply by August 12, 2016!

The event connects seed, early stage, and growth stage startups with investment opportunities. Total Awards in the 2015 Bend Venture Conference Companies hit $947,500At 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: Competitions/Opportunities at Events, Angel Investing Events

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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.