Greetings from David Kenney
President & Executive Director

Listen to Our Youth and Take Action

Last Friday, some 4 million people - mostly young students - poured into streets around the planet to participate in the Global Climate Strike, inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist. This past Monday, Thunberg delivered a powerful speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, calling out world leaders with these words:

"I shouldn't be up here. I should be home in school, on the other side of the ocean.... You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!"

At our VertueLab Impact Summit on September 13, we also heard from a young climate activist. Alex Loznak, one of 21 youth plaintiffs in the constitutional climate lawsuit Juliana v. United States. He inspired attendees to listen to young people and take swift climate action.

For me, it's very clear that we must act on multiple levels if we want our children to have a future. Some of that action involves individual steps like dietary choices, cutting consumption, and choosing low-emissions transportation. But we also must fund and develop new clean technology climate solutions. That's our mission at VertueLab.

We are working hard to help innovators and philanthropists blaze bold, new trails to a better climate future that deploys new clean technologies, like the ones featured below. We're doing it for our children, and for future generations.

Join us!
Tethered Energy Drone (TED) Gets GeekWire Write Up
The tethered energy drone (TED) being developed by VertueLab-supported company eWind Solutions produces energy as it flies in figure-eight patterns that peak hundreds of feet above the ground. The tether from the fiberglass and mylar skin drone wraps and unwraps around a spinning drum on the ground that generates energy as the drone pulls against it. The TED is outfitted with GPS-guided flight controls, gyroscopic instruments, and motors for moving the rudder and elevator flaps to guide its flight for maximum power production. Read the GeekWire story.

Renewal Workshop Partners with H&M-Group Co., COS
VertueLab-supported company The Renewal Workshop is partnering with fashion brand COS to breathe new life into damaged or returned garments with COS' new collection called "Restore." The clothing articles are repaired and cleaned using The Renewal Workshop's waterless technology and then returned to COS to re-make them in new styles. Read full Esquire magazine story. The Renewal Workshop was also inducted into Sourcing Journal’s Sustaining Voices, which honors businesses driving forward a greener apparel industry, and was just named one of eight winners in the MIT Solve Circular Economy Challenge, which seeks tech-based solutions that help people create and consume goods that are renewable, repairable, reusable, and recyclable.

Wheyward Spirit Selected by Female Founders Alliance
VertueLab-supported company Wheyward Spirit , which crafts distilled spirits using excess whey from artisan cheese making, is one of eight startups selected from more than 400 applicants to participate in the Female Founders Alliance's 2019 Ready Set Raise 2 accelerator cohort. Participants represent companies with huge upside potential and are solving substantial problems in unique ways. On October 17, each company will showcase their business model to national media and others. Read full story.

Developing Safer X-ray Shielding for Doctors, Dentists
Stark Street Materials , one of the cleantech startups in the 2019 Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator cohort, run by VertueLab and CleanTech Alliance, is developing a way to use the nontoxic mineral bismuth instead of lead in materials and garments used at hospitals and dental offices to shield medical personnel from X-rays. Bismuth is the active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol, is nontoxic, and shields X-rays better than lead. Read the Portland Tribune story .
Annual Climate Technology Summit a BIG Success
VertueLab Impact Summit brought together innovators, philanthropists, others

We want to thank the hundreds of people who came out on September 13 to network, connect, be inspired, and brainstorm new ways to develop climate solutions technologies. Held at the historic LeftBank Annex ( pictured, above) in Portland, the event featured motivating speakers, insightful panelists, innovative entrepreneurs, visionary philanthropists, and many others wanting to collaborate on new ways to confront the climate crisis.

We also want to thank our generous sponsors who supported the summit and the trailblazing work we're doing at VertueLab. A special shout-out to our title sponsor, Perkins Coie, which facilitated the filming and production of several informative videos, including one called, "What Startups Can Do to Fight Climate Change."

Check out more videos and a photo slideshow from this year's summit...
Find Out if SBIR/STTR Federal Funding is Right for You
Three-minute video gives you an overview, and there's more...

Part of VertueLab's mission is helping startups apply for government funding. That's why we just created a set of videos that introduce entrepreneurs to the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding programs. Each year, these programs award $2.5 billion in non-dilutive funding to small, high-tech, innovative businesses. SBIR encourages small for-profit companies to pursue risky but potentially rewarding endeavors and ideas to ensure the United States remains the world's innovation leader. Watch the video to see if this is a fit for you.
Making the Clean Energy Sector More Inclusive
The needs and opportunities associated with the future clean energy workforce

The transition to a clean energy economy continues. Industries are installing more zero-carbon energy sources, developing more energy-efficient products, and adopting more environmentally-sensitive standards. Recently, debates have broken out in Congress over the need for an ambitious Green New Deal centered on clean economy employment. The result: Shifts in “green jobs,” carbon emissions, electricity consumption, and resilience to climate shocks have become some of the highest profile, most discussed trends of the decade. Considerably less attention has been paid to the types of workers, activities, and skills needed in years to come. Read the full Brookings Institution story.
Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Events

Attend this FREE, 1-hour webinar to learn about the SBIR/STTR programs and how they can provide R&D funding. Hear about eligibility requirements, which of the 11 participating agencies best fits your technology, and the differences between SBIR and STTR. Presenter: Jerry Hollister, Principal Consultant BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting. Limited to 50 participants. Register here.

September 30 | FROM LAB TO MARKET:
Co-hosted by OSU Advantage Accelerator and VertueLab, this event will help you take your research and development to the next level and get your idea to market. A panel of tenacious women entrepreneurs and researchers will provide insights into fundraising, grant management, scaling, and managing a startup. Plus a panel of early-stage funding experts will discuss different funding opportunities including: SBIR/STTR federal funding, state matching dollars, university funding, and other catalyzing funds. All are welcome. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Apply by October 1
Each year the Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) selects five startups to receive $25,000 each in investment. In addition, the startups reside at OTBC for one year, receive mentoring and introductions, and provide quarterly updates. Since 2016, the first 20 Startup Challenge companies have gone on to raise more than $20 million in funding.

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.
Stopping the Climate Crisis Will Take All of Us, Now
Your donation helps fund, support, and advance climate solutions

VertueLab helps unleash innovation and entrepreneurship to accelerate critical climate solutions. As the climate crisis continues to unfold, it is more critical than ever to ensure these solutions reach the marketplace and achieve scalable impact as soon as possible. Your donation makes a real difference in achieving a sustainable climate future, and we thank you for it.
Let's Collaborate, for the Climate's Sake!
Resources and expertise for innovators and investors

At VertueLab , we support great ideas from entrepreneurs and help donors and investors ensure that their dollars are making a positive impact on the planet by slowing the climate crisis. We collaborate to help transform ideas into successful enterprises and measure the impact all along the way. Contact us and let's see what we can create !