Innovation Competitions

Oregon BEST spurs innovation by hosting competitions that tackle cleantech's big challenges. Check back regularly for information about upcoming competitions.

Cleantech Challenge

Oregon BEST is partnered with Portland State University in presenting the Cleantech Challenge, an innovation competition open to students and faculty throughout the state of Oregon. 

Do you have an inspired solution to one of today's most pressing environmental problems? Take your concept from idea to reality with the PSU Cleantech Challenge presented by Wells Fargo.

The PSU Cleantech Challenge is an exciting competition for campus cleantech innovators and entrepreneurs in Oregon. Undergraduates, graduates, postdocs and faculty from Oregon colleges and community colleges are now welcome to compete.

How does it work? Submit an application and pitch your idea for a chance to win a $2,500 development grant. If selected, you'll build your prototype and your business case over the summer with help from our community of experts and mentors. Then you'll show off your finished product at Oregon BEST FEST for a chance to win a grand prize.

But that's only part of the benefit. As a Cleantech Challenge competitor, you'll gain invaluable access to the entrepreneur, cleantech, and investment communities in Oregon. You'll benefit from personalized mentoring from business experts. You'll earn recognition as a cleantech innovator, and you'll be well on your way toward making a difference in our resource-constrained world.

Check back here for details on the 2017 competition as the launch date comes in early 2017.