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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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3 Day Startup

May 15 to May 17, 2015

Linus Pauling Science Center, Oregon State University, Room 402

3 Day Startup is coming to Oregon State University! This 72-hour learn-by-doing campus workshop teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.

The program is free, but subject to an application process. 3DS is open to grad and undergrad students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.

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An Introduction to Chemical Hazard Assessments: QCAT Training

Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2015

Double Tree Hilton, Vancouver, WA

An interactive day-and-a-half training on use of the Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT).

QCAT lets small and medium-sized businesses evaluate, compare, and select safer alternatives to chemicals of concern. After taking this workshop, participants will feel comfortable assessing a chemical using QCAT and comparing the safety of possible alternatives. Presented by Northwest Green Chemistry and the Department of Ecology. 

Expert speakers from Ecology and U.S. EPA will explain what chemical hazard assessments are, why they are so important, and provide hands-on activities that let you practice using QCAT. Register early to suggest a chemical of interest that may be incorporated into the workshop!

DATE: 8:30–4:30, October 1, 2015 & 8:30–noonOctober 2, 2015

LOCATION: Double Tree Hilton, Vancouver, WA

COST: $75.00

Join other professionals to learn more about the growing field of alternatives assessment. This workshop is great for product designers, safety specialists, supply chain managers, environmental specialists, sustainability, regulatory affairs, materials selection, procurement, and process designers.

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Architecture, Engineering and Construction Hackathon

Jul 21 to Jul 23, 2017

70 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209, White Stag Building, University of Oregon

The AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Hackathon was created to give those designing, building, and maintaining our built environment the opportunity to collaborate with cutting edge technologies and its developers and designers. It’s a weekend of geeking at its finest for improving the industries that affect all that live or work in a house or building. It has quickly become a global community of innovators that include all elements of the built environment.

The weekend gives attendees the chance to be exposed to and work with the latest high tech tools provided by supporters, sponsors, and fellow community members. Not all built environment professionals have to code or have much background with tech. Just come with your knowledge, an open mind, collaborative spirit, and willingness to solve Mon-Fri problems leveraging all kinds of technology.

Ever since the first event, each hackathon is initiated and supported by a local from the AEC and or tech communities. Now the AEC Hackathon community helps these locals make the event happen with support provided by both local and community sponsors. This has become THE event for creating innovation for these industries. Visit our Youtube channel to see what teams create and get engaged today. The world faces fresh new problems that urgently need brilliant minds to solve them and this is the community that is improving how our world is designed, built, and operated!

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Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge: Final Judging

May 17, 2016

Klamath Falls, OR

Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge aims to support business ideas and/or fledgling entrepreneurial activity from any field of study that produces a new idea, product or service that could become a thriving business in Klamath Falls, and has the potential for job growth in rural Oregon.

Please join Oregon Tech to celebrate and cheer for its next generation of inventors, creators and entrepreneurs. Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge is a way for students and recent alumni (Classes of 2014 and 2015) to consider how a new idea, product or service can add value and meaning in everyday lives and could become a thriving business in Klamath Falls. Students will present their business concepts in a fast-paced, shark tank format on May 17th from 4-7 PM.

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Changing Climate: Adapting to New Regulations

Oct 24 to Oct 25, 2014

University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209

The CUB Policy Center, in partnership with the University of Oregon School of Law, is pleased to announce its third annual policy conference: Changing Climate: Adapting to New Regulations.

This all-day conference will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the utility industry in the Pacific NW as the federal government introduces new regulations to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The program is specifically designed to educate utility analysts, policy analysts, attorneys, industry professionals, stakeholders, and others.

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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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Closing the Funding Gap: Women, Science Startups, & America’s Seed Fund

Nov 8, 2017

1001 SW Emkay Drive Bend, OR 97702, Thump at the Tech Center

Are you a woman small business owner with an innovative technology in need of funding for research + development?

Technology Association of Oregon STEAM, BendTECH and Oregon BEST are teaming up to host this evening exploring resources available to women innovators.

Event Category: Workshops, Trainings & Lectures

Community Development Venture Capital Alliance Conference

Mar 17 to Mar 18, 2016

Washington, D.C.

The premier training and networking event for impact investors providing growth capital to create good jobs in underinvested communities.

Those who attend will get a chance to speak with industry leaders and government officials about issues that are currently affecting our industry. The goal is to ensure that participants walk away with a better idea of how to achieve tangible results for their own organizations.

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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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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.