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

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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Event Category: Workshops, Trainings & Lectures

A Water Technology Meetup

Jun 10, 2015

Market Center Building, Suite 316, 1600 SW Market Street, Portland, OR 97201

Join water industry and university research representatives to learn and discuss opportunities for collaboration in innovation, research and business development.

Presentations by:

  • Julia Person, Craft Brew Alliance, Sustainability Manager discussing challenges with process and waste water
  • Assistant Professor Meghna Babbar-Sebens, Co-Director of the OSU-Benton County Green Stormwater Infrastructure Facility

RSVP to karl.mundorff@oregonbest.org

Event Category: Meetings

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

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

Apply to Present at the NREL Industry Growth Forum

Aug 1 to Dec 5, 2016

Each year, the NREL Industry Growth Forum recruits the most innovative, emerging clean energy startup companies from across the globe to apply to present. NREL accepts applicants ranging from prototype-stage to commercially ready with a renewable energy or energy efficiency technology solution.

Since 2003, the presenting prototype, pre-commercial, and later stage companies have collectively raised over $5.1 Billion in growth financing.

The Industry Growth Forum provides many opportunities to accelerate your company's growth. As a startup applicant, you will have the following opportunities to:

Expert Review & Selection

  • 100 leading investors and national incubators review startup applications and provide valuable, direct feedback to applicants
  • 30 companies are ultimately invited to present at the Forum and each selected company will receive one complimentary registration
  • Applicants receive one discounted registration ($250) to attend the Forum (a Startup discount code will be provided to you after application)

Mentoring & Business Support

  • Applicants receive education and resources throughout the application & selection process, provided in partnership with our sponsors
  • Finalists receive pre-Forum mentoring by leading investors and incubators to help them refine their strategy and pitch

Networking Opportunities

  • Get early access to sign up for One-on-One networking meetings with investors, strategic partners, and government agencies
  • Expand your network through hundreds of the world's leading clean energy investors, executives, and technologists

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Event Category: Competitions/Opportunities at Events

Apply to Present in the CleanTech Showcase

Mar 1 to Apr 15, 2016

Get the recognition and exposure your cleantech organization deserves. Whether you're seeking investments, partnerships or just want to educate others on your organization’s cleantech initiative, you must get in front of this key audience to help you succeed.

Apply today to present at the 2016 CleanTech Showcase. Selected companies will receive 20 minutes at the podium in front of a who's who of Pacific Northwest cleantech industry leaders. There is no cost to apply. If selected, presenting companies must pay a $500 fee, which includes 20 minutes at the podium and two free full-conference passes (a $550 value). 

Held June 27 in Seattle, the CleanTech Showcase features keynote speakers, panels and early stage technology and research posters. The event also features networking opportunities, an elected official reception, exhibits and much more. More than 350 cleantech investors, partners, customers, media and policymakers will be on hand for networking and business development. Don’t miss the Pacific Northwest’s premier cleantech innovation conference.

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Event Categories: Competitions/Opportunities at Events, 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.