Oregon BEST Companies

Meet the Oregon BEST Companies

Oregon BEST has awarded commercialization funding to 40 Oregon companies. The following partners—Oregon BEST Companies—have received funding in the past or are current funding recipients. Many of these companies are strong investment candidates for angel investors, venture capitalists, and corporate strategic investors.

Through a competitive process, Oregon BEST selects high-potential companies with strong technologies, viable business strategies, and passionate entrepreneurs. Oregon BEST companies typically have had the benefit of the following to make them investor ready:

  • Research collaboration with a university researcher
  • Grant-funded project to develop or demonstrate the new technology
  • Mentoring from one of our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence or from other Oregon BEST Ecosystem Affiliates

By engaging with Oregon BEST, the companies we support offer greater potential and lower risk than typical cleantech startups.

  • Sensing technology that can save millions in energy costs during specialty metals manufacturing.

  • Arcimoto's revolutionary vehicle brings affordable, ultra-efficient electric driving to the masses.

  • A sustainable waste recovery/recycling process carving a niche in the recycling marketplace.

  • Columbia Green produces engineered vegetative roofs that dynamically manage stormwater runoff.

  • CSD Nano specializes in leading-edge nano coatings that increase the efficiency of solar modules.

  • D.R. Johnson

    D.R. Johnson Lumber is the first U.S. company to manufacture certified, structural CLT panels.

  • A new electrode treatment technology designed to extend the life of redox flow batteries.

  • EcNow Tech is a developer of innovative, plant-based, compostable packaging.

  • EcoPro Polymers

    Renewable, environmentally benign, formaldehyde-free adhesives for composite wood products.

  • Grid-scale distributed energy storage using nontoxic, all iron redox flow batteries.

  • EnergyRM’s “negawatt” meter provides cost-effective measurement of energy efficiency.

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    An airborne wind energy system delivers up to 4X the power of comparable renewable energy systems.

  • Focusing energy from the sun to kill bacteria and break down chemicals in soil and water run-off.


    Formology sources quality raw materials to transform them into high-value architectural products.

  • HM3 Energy converts biomass into clean fuel that can replace coal in many power plants.

  • HoneyComb

    Unmanned aerial vehicles and for precision agriculture, forestry, surveying, and more.

  • Indow produces specialized, affordable, environmentally responsible thermal window inserts.


    IOTAS is the smart home experience designed specifically for renters.

  • IT Aire provides high-efficiency precision cooling systems and services for data rooms.

  • KersTech, Inc.

    High efficiency hybrid drive train platforms utilize stored hydraulic energy to boost efficiency.

  • A mobile app that connects locavores, farmers, and chefs to improve local food sales.

  • Renewable energy systems based on in-conduit hydropower technology.

  • Luxium Lighting

    An innovative compact light engine system with industry-leading efficacy.

  • M3 Wave Energy’s fully-submerged ocean power device converts wave energy to electricity.

  • Manage My Co-op

    Software for co-ops and local food buying clubs to support bulk grocery ordering online.

  • NaCa Fermentation

    Expediting and improving fermentation for distilleries, breweries, and wineries.

  • NemaMetrix

    NemaMetrix’s ScreenChip technology uses microfluidics to analyze the effects of drugs and toxins.

  • The SunCooler is a solar-powered air management system for commercial and industrial buildings.

  • Building natural gas compression into automotive engines that will enable refueling anywhere.

  • A state of the art platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that manages electric car charging stations.

  • A quantum dot company that reduces the cost of LED lighting and displays.

  • Puralytics

    Puralytics produces photochemical technology for water purification.

  • Anchored beam footing systems for wind turbines that lower cost and environmental impact.

  • ShelterWorks is a manufacturer of Faswall, a building block system made from recycled wood chips.

  • Storm Regen

    STORM REGEN® technology is pioneering the way to more effective, eco-friendly stormwater solutions.

  • Pioneering the use of biochar from forest waste as a filter media for storm water management.

  • The Field Nutrient Sensor™ enables field measurement of nitrate levels in agricultural soil.

  • SweetSense provides sensors & software to monitor water, sanitation, energy, & rural infrastructure.

  • The Renewal Workshop

    Committed to creating a circular economy for the apparel industry by offering Renewed Apparel.

  • Biodegradable, super-absorbant polymers for agricultural applications.

  • Walking Point Farms produces Biochar-based seed coatings and soil amendments.

  • Waste2Watergy’s microbial fuel cell cleans wastewater while generating energy.