APRIL 2018
A Message from David Kenney
President & Executive Director
Oregon BEST
Impacting PNW Innovation Via Washington DC

Recently, I had two opportunities to visit the U.S. Capitol to help inform the federal budget appropriations process about the important role of innovation funding. In February, I joined a group of technology-based economic development professionals from all over the country to share how the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Regional Innovation Strategies program helps support catalytic innovation programs and also leverage private, state, and local funds for new company development and job creation. (Since the program started in 2015, Oregon and Washington have been awarded millions of dollars.) Our efforts paid off: Congress increased the funding for this program, while many discretionary programs saw budget cuts.

In March, I joined the leaders of clean energy incubator and accelerator programs from five other states to share with national policy makers how the U.S. Dept. of Energy's R&D programs, including ARPA-E, are promoting U.S. competitiveness and economic growth, while also helping address energy and environmental challenges facing the world. Fortunately, many members of Congress from both major parties have seen the benefits of these programs and intend to support continued funding, despite requests from the White House to cut or eliminate significant R&D investments.

One of the challenges in being from the West Coast is that it's harder to spend time in Washington DC to ensure that all voices are heard. During the past four years, I've prioritized my involvement in activities in which I feel I can leverage resources to increase visibility for innovation issues and also ensure that our corner of the country has a seat at the table in making important policies. It's been heartening to see these efforts paying off!

Best wishes,

David Kenney, President & Executive Director
Oregon BEST
Arcimoto's EV Manufacturing Plant Gains Traction

Oregon BEST Company sees pre-orders double as first units roll off the line

Early on, Oregon BEST contributed to the R&D behind Arcimoto's all-electric "Fun Utility Vehicle" (FUV), so it's rewarding to see production taking off at the startup's Eugene manufacturing facility. It's also good to know that pre-orders have doubled over the past year, increasing from 1,076 units as of Dec. 31, 2016 to 2,234 units at the end of 2017. Last September, Arcimioto raised $18.1 million in net proceeds through a Regulation A+ initial public offering and delivered its first Signature Series FUVs to paying customers. Read the Portland Business Journal story.
Tapping Plumbing and Pressure for Free Power

Startup completes successful prototype test at Oregon State University

InPipe Energy, an Oregon BEST Company, has completed an Oregon BEST funded collaborative testing project with Oregon State University engineers that proves the startup's technology is ready for "pipe time." The technology uses the difference in pressure between major arteries of water distribution networks and the smaller branches that feed homes and businesses. Currently, cities use flow-control valves to reduce pressure, but the energy produced at these valves is not captured, until now. After installation costs, “this is free energy,” says John Parmigiani, the OSU mechanical engineering professor who led a project. "It’s drop-dead simple.” Read the Terra magazine story.
IOTAS, NemaMetrix Selected for Innovation Awards

Both Oregon BEST Companies will showcase their innovative impact

Two Oregon BEST Companies are among the 15 awardees for the Small Business Innovation Awards from the Portland Business Journal. The May 31 award ceremony will honor IOTAS, Portland developer of a smart home technology that saves tenants and landlords energy, and NemaMetrix, the Eugene startup that uses tiny nematode worms to improve drug development and detect environmental toxins. Read more.
Chris Hagen, OSU-Cascades
Hybrid Engines for Drones
Oregon BEST Member Researcher CHRIS HAGEN, an assistant professor of energy systems engineering at Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, is leading a team of researchers developing a prototype hybrid engine for small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in what could be a significant development in drone technology. UAVs, or drones, and particularly small drones, are often limited by the amount of battery power they can carry. A hybrid engine, using a gasoline-powered engine to re-charge an onboard battery, would save fuel and allow UAVs to stay aloft longer. Full story.

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Application Deadline Extended: April 30
Powered by Oregon BEST and CleanTech Alliance, the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator is accepting applications for its 2018 cohort. The CCA seeks clean technology entrepreneurs and early-stage startups wanting to speed the path to market with curriculum, mentorship, business connections, and the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and grant funding for proof of concept projects. FMI, contact: Vanessa Margolis.

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Presenting companies range from early stage startups looking for investment and partners to established organizations interested in sharing new technologies or programs. Research institutes and university groups are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: May 14
Typical investments made in 5-8 early stage companies are anticipated to range from $150,000 to $250,000 per company.

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