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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

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-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

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

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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Event Category: Workshops, Trainings & Lectures

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

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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.