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New Life for Returned, Defective Clothing
Energy-Saving Technology Wins SBIR Grant
ESS Makes 2017 Cleantech 100 List
Oregon BEST Companies See Success
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February 21  
Application Deadline
ARPA-E has announced up to $30 million in funding for its new CIRCUITS program to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative electric power converters that will save energy and give the U.S. a critical technological advantage.

February 26
Application Deadline 
Gain exposure to investors, fundraising experience, and the chance for an investment of between $200,000 and $1 million for your startup.
Sponsored by Oregon BEST!
March 17  
Application Deadline 
$30M to Reduce Energy Use in Buildings  
ARPA-E has announced up to $30 million in funding for the development of a new class of building sensor systems aimed at improved controls for heating and cooling that will improve comfort, reduce costs, and reduce energy use. 
SBIR/STTR Funding 
Oregon BEST's SBIR/STTR Support Center lists funding opportunities from a range of federal agencies in one place for your convenience.


More events listed on our Events page...

January 28  
Sponsored by Oregon BEST! 
 Hispanicpros' second annual Latin@ Technology Fest provides a platform for technology companies and government agencies to engage hundreds of Hispanic professionals with STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) backgrounds as well as college students interested in STEAM careers. HIllsboro, OR.

  February 27 - March 1
Come visit our booth, where Oregon BEST Companies eChemion, Energy Storage Systems, and Onboard Dynamics will be on display with us! 
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. Washington, DC

March 28-30 
Oregon BEST is proud to be a Community Partner of this event! 
A lineup of expert speakers from around the world will address how we can advance cross-laminated timber and the mass timber industry, and how we can increase the use of wood in mid-rise and tall buildings across the world. Portland, OR.

March 28-20 
Held annually in London and San Francisco, this summit is the most international gathering of agribusiness leaders, VC investors and agri-tech innovators. San Francisco.

April 13-14
Sponsored by Oregon BEST! 
For more than 20 years, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) Industry Growth Forum has been the nation's premier clean energy investment event. The Forum features presentations from 30 emerging clean energy companies, provocative panels, one-on-one meetings, and organized networking opportunities. Denver. 



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Executive Director's Report >>


Supported by the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) and Business Oregon, we've been funding and supporting cleantech startups in Oregon for six years and the university cleantech innovation ecosystem for ten years. And it's working!

Our return on investment in follow-on funding to private sector companies is running an impressive 8:1, and the companies we've helped launch have gone on to create hundreds of family-wage jobs, generate millions of dollars of revenue from product sales, and develop technologies that are making the planet a better place for all of us.
I recently wrote a guest column for the Portland Business Journal that touches on some things you might not know about cleantech in Oregon. But one thing I know, Oregon is good at cleantech, and cleantech is good for Oregon - and the world! I look forward to helping more Oregon cleantech startups succeed. Read about more of the successes below.

Thank you for your continued interest and support,
David Kenney
President & Executive Director

New video shows how Oregon BEST helps startups succeed 

In this short new video, you'll hear how the Oregon BEST staff helps cleantech startups all across Oregon succeed by forging and fostering connections that help companies negotiate the often daunting path of starting a company and getting a new clean technology to market. Kick back, click the video above, and take two minutes to learn how we connect people!

" I would totally recommend Oregon BEST. Their support was what we needed right at that time, and they have been an incredible partner."
                              - Nicole Bassett, CEO, The Renewal Workshop
                                                                  Cascade Locks, Oregon
Keeping tons of returned and damaged clothes out of U.S. landfills  
Oregon BEST teamed up with the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership to help Columbia River Gorge startup, The Renewal Workshop, design and launch a manufacturing facility in Cascade Locks, Oregon, that's reducing the 14 million tons of returned or damaged clothing that wind up in U.S. landfills annually. The company, led by Nicole Bassett ( pictured), co-brands the clothing, sells it online at a discount, and offers clothing makers useful feedback data. More >>

"I would highly recommend Oregon BEST to other cleantech companies. They understand what we need, and they can help us with resources... both regionally as well as nationally."

                                          - Steve Jennings, CEO, TryEco
                                                                   Albany, Oregon
Startup wins SBIR grant, could save metals industry millions 

Oregon BEST helped Ampere Scientific win a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation to advance its energy savings technology that could help the specialty metals industry save millions in wasted energy and material waste. Oregon BEST staff and our SBIR/STTR Support Center played a key role in the application. We're happy to have helped. More >>

"We wouldn't be where we are without Oregon BEST.
They've been the wise angel sitting on our shoulder, and I would absolutely recommend them to any company that needs a real great kick start."

                                  - Lester Erlson, CEO, KersTech, Inc.
                                                                 Portland, Oregon
Energy storage startup selected from 9,000 applicants worldwide 

Oregon BEST Company Energy Storage Systems (ESS), which makes massive, nontoxic, all-iron flow batteries for energy storage, has been named to the 2017 Global Cleantech 100 list. Companies on the globally competitive list represent the world's most innovative and promising ideas in cleantech and are positioned to solve tomorrow's clean technology challenges. More >>

I recommend that every cleantech startup in the state of Oregon look at Oregon BEST. They've been really instrumental to our growth and can help with networking, coaching, and other support."

                      - Sam Pardue, CEO, Indow
                                                                      Portland, Oregon

Startups sign customers, announce production, grab headlines  

Onboard Dynamics, Inc. of Bend, Ore., has signed its first customer, Southern California Gas Co., which will use the company's new mobile natural gas compression system to refuel natural gas powered school buses in two different districts. More >>

Arcimoto, the Eugene, Ore.-based manufacturer of three-wheeled electric vehicles took its latest iteration of its SRK to CES 2017 in Las Vegas, where it announced the first vehicles will be delivered to customers this summer. More >>

D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations of Riddle, Ore., is making national news headlines after the Associated Press published a story and video about the company's cross-laminated timber (CLT). Watch the Washington Post video >>

Manage My Coop, the Eugene, Ore., startup with software that connects households to farmers and food stores to save fuel is helping people in a rural timber town order organic food from Whole Foods Market, located miles away. More >>



SOURABH APTE, DAVID BLUNCK , and KYLE NIEMEYER, professors of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, are using controlled explosions as a way to potentially improve the efficiency of converting fossil fuels to energy, including at coal-burning power plants. Their work is supported by the U.S. Dept. of Energy and Oregon BEST. More >>

··· JESSICA GREEN and KEVIN VAN DEN WYMELENBERG, professors of biology and architecture at the University of Oregon, talk about microbiomes - the microscopic world of bacteria and other organisms that populate both indoor and outdoor environments for a story in Fast Company. More >>

Belinda Batten
··· BELINDA BATTEN, a professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University and director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, is thrilled with the recent announcement that the center was awarded $40 million by the U.S. Dept. of Energy to construct a wave energy test facility six nautical miles off the coast of Newport. More >>

PSU Prof. Peter Dusicka ···
PETER DUSICKA , a professor of civil engineering at Portland State University, is using a $400,000 grant from the NSF to test cross-laminated timber (CLT) manufactured by Oregon BEST Company DR Johnson Wood Innovations for sustainability and seismic integrity. The research is being done in the Infrastructure Testing and Applied Research (iSTAR) Lab, an Oregon BEST Lab at PSU. More >> 

Oregon BEST funds and assists cleantech startups, bringing together Oregon's significant R&D strengths to support entrepreneurs in the creation of new products and services.
The nexus for clean technology innovation , Oregon BEST  builds capability, convenes collaborations, and accelerates the solutions to environmental challenges that deliver prosperity in all corners of Oregon. 

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