Greetings from David Kenney
President & Executive Director

Youth, the Climate Crisis, and Technology

The climate crisis is an intergenerational issue that's impacting all of humanity - from babies born today, to youth looking to what the future might hold (including my own two young-adult children), to elderly people dealing with record high temperatures and smoke from wildfires.

Just yesterday, Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, arrived in New York City in a zero-carbon-emissions sailboat following a 15-day voyage across the Atlantic to take part in a UN climate summit. Greta is the lead organizer and inspiration behind the global school climate strike movement, Fridays for Future. The strikes by students, who question the value of attending school when the adults making climate policies are not acting fast enough to leave them a viable future, are ongoing every week somewhere in the world, including here in the Pacific Northwest.

The intergenerational impact of the climate crisis, coupled with the growing concern of youth globally, is why we're excited that one of the 21 youth plaintiffs in the constitutional climate lawsuit,  Juliana v. United States , will be speaking at VertueLab Impact Summit on September 13. Alex Loznak , 22, will be accompanied by Andrea Rodgers , a senior staff attorney with  Our Children's Trust , which is supporting the lawsuit. They will explain what remedy the plaintiffs are seeking in the form of U.S. government investments in clean energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategies.

I'm inspired to see so many young people stepping up to protect our climate, and I'm happy that VertueLab is helping more and more cleantech startups blaze new climate solutions trails using technology. You'll read more about some of these successes below, as well as stories about the $425,000 in new grants we've been awarded, a startup's visit with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a short list of some of the people you'll meet at VertueLab Impact Summit, and more.

We know that through technology we can provide our world with the solutions to impact the climate crisis and leave our youth a vital and healthy planet for their future. We hope you will join us on September 13 and become part of the solution.

Thank you for being part of our community,
P.S. Register here to be part of VertueLab Impact Summit on September 13
VertueLab Awarded $425,000 in New Grants
New funding will help support more cleantech startups

Last month, the U.S. Economic Development Administration announced that VertueLab is one of 44 organizations nationwide receiving grants totaling $23 million to create and expand high-growth entrepreneurship and increase access to capital. VertueLab will use its $300,000 share to launch and grow the VertueLab Climate Impact Fund, which invests in PNW startups developing new clean technology solutions that address the climate crisis. Full story in Oregon Business magazine.

And just this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that VertueLab is one of 24 organizations in the country awarded $125,000 grants from the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program, which improves outcomes for underrepresented entrepreneurs in SBA’s SBIR and STTR programs and increases participation for women-owned, rural-based, and socially and economically disadvantaged firms. This is the seventh year VertueLab has won a FAST grant. Full story.
Solar Panel Coating Boosts Power, Lowers Cleaning
VertueLab-supported company Pellucere Technologies has developed the world’s first field-installable, anti-reflective, anti-soiling solar panel coating ( pictured, above) that boosts total energy output by up to 4.7 percent while reducing the need to clean panels. The startup's MoreSun products were developed based on research at Oregon State University with support from VertueLab, the National Science Foundation, and ONAMI. Full story.

Indow CEO Helps Refugees Find Local Jobs
Sam Pardue, CEO of Indow, the maker of custom energy efficient window inserts, is working to ensure refugees are welcome at Pacific Northwest businesses. The current U.S. administration's stance on refugees clashes with Pardue's direct experience of refugees employed at his company, he said. He launched the website, Read the full story in the Portland Business Journal.

NemaMetrix Closes $5 Million Funding Round
NemaMetrix, a Vertuelab-supported company that provides phenotyping and functional analysis using C. elegans nematodes, recently closed a $5 million funding round. The funding, led by Oregon Venture Fund, will accelerate the company’s capacity to help researchers shorten project timelines. Full story.

Ampere Scientific featured in GeekWire's Startup Spotlight
Ampere Scientific, developer of a technology that scans specialty metals during production in large furnaces to ensure safety when used in high-performance applications such as aerospace parts and hip replacements, was featured in GeekWire's "Startup Spotlight." The company's technology reduces energy consumption in the furnaces by 20 percent. Full story.

Eight Startups to Speak at #VIS19's Cleantech Showcase
One of the most exciting parts of the VertueLab Impact Summit on September 13 will be the Cleantech Company Showcase - 8-minute presentations by the innovators and entrepreneurs of eight startups from across the Pacific Northwest:

  • Hydrogen in Motion (H2M) (Vancouver, BC, Canada) - Developer of a proprietary nanomaterial that selectively attracts hydrogen under ambient temperature and low pressure to provide twice the hydrogen in the same volume at half the cost.

  • Alaska Native Renewable Industries (Huslia, AK) - Provider of increased renewable energy and energy efficiency deployment in rural Alaskan communities for residential, commercial, and utility scale projects.

  • Inventys (Burnaby, BC, Canada) - Developer of a CO2 Marketplace using breakthrough next-generation carbon capture technology.

  • Exergy (Portland, OR) - Provider of a peer-to-peer open source protocol for sharing real time and historical energy data that has been incubated by LO3 Energy.

  • Plover (Milwaukie, OR) - Innovator of automated carwash systems that leverage advanced computer vision and robotics to clean vehicles without using any soaps or chemicals.

  • Stark Street Materials (Portland, OR) - Producer of lightweight, nontoxic, and recyclable radiation shielding garments.

  • Sironix Renewables (Seattle) - Innovator of environmentally friendly and safe chemicals from plants for use in industrial consumer products.

  • Rebellyous Foods (Seattle) - Manufacturer of delicious, juicy, plant-based chicken nuggets, patties, and strips that cook just like breaded chicken products - for schools, hospitals, corporate cafeterias, and restaurants.
Need Funding? Connections? Inspiration? Cool Ideas?
Some of the interesting people you'll meet at VertueLab Impact Summit...

Want to meet investors about potential funding? Connect with other innovators? Share ideas with foundations? Hear engaging speakers? On September 13, the following organizations and people, along with hundreds of others, will be at VertueLab Impact Summit:

  • INVESTORS: Dow, Inc., E8 Angels & Fund, BP Ventures, SK Gas, The Renewal Funds, True North Venture Partners, Portland Seed Fund, SJF Ventures, Solvay, Wells Fargo Ventures, and more

  • SPEAKERS: Project Drawdown, Accenture, True North Venture Partners, and Our Children’s Trust

  • STARTUPS: Cleantech Showcase companies plus the 2019 cohort and past alumni of the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator

  • FOUNDATIONS: DRK Foundation and Lemelson Foundation

  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES: Business Oregon and Prosper Portland

  • OTHERS: Andrea Durbin, director of the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Josef Pommerening, a representative of Munich RE, an insurance firm that helps startups with technology risk mitigation measures to enable financing
CEO of Onboard Dynamics Meets with Gov. Kate Brown
Rita Hansen talks entrepreneurship with Oregon Governor in Salem

Rita Hansen ( pictured, left), CEO of the VertueLab-supported startup Onboard Dynamics, met with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown at her office in the capitol. Hansen told the governor the story of her startup and discussed the needs of Oregon entrepreneurs who are solving real-world problems through innovation and support from organizations like VertueLab, which helped Onboard Dynamics attract $6.6 million in federal award funding. The Bend, Ore.-based startup has developed a mobile fueling technology for natural gas vehicles.

The Pacific Northwest's premier cleantech climate solutions summit takes place each fall to bring together entrepreneurs working on climate solutions and the individuals, public funders, and other investors who are driven to stop the climate crisis by speeding development of new technologies so they can be deployed faster. Register today.

Oregon State University offers an Advantage Accelerator Program to students, staff, faculty, and surrounding community members with three different segments: iterate, accelerate and launch.
The iterate stage (starts September 16) is for beginning-stage entrepreneurs and offers a 4-workshop program that includes an in-person and online learning hybrid. Apply here

Ongoing grants from a wide range of federal agencies that support small business startups and research innovations. Get assistance from VertueLab's SBIR/STTR experts!

Request for Information | Solar Energy Technologies Office
The U.S. Dept. of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office seeks feedback from industry, academia, research labs, government agencies, and others to identify challenges and opportunities for the American solar industry appropriate for federal government funding.

An opportunity for entrepreneurs seeking investment capital to present their early stage businesses to Willamette Valley Capital for capital investment.

If your product or service is “Made in America,” your company could qualify for this matching grant funding from the Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center.
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