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Oct 27, 2008
Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West
through Grand Hyatt Seattle

The Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West (REFF-West) will unite investors, financiers and project developers in the renewable energy sector, with a particular focus on the Western U.S. The conference builds on the success of the Clean Tech Investing in the Pacific Northwest conference and REFF-Wall Street. Attendees will take part in focused conference sessions on relevant topics and network with over 250 senior financial and industry delegates from across the sector. Speakers and session chairs include Maria Cantwell, US Senator-Wash.;Peter Duprey, CFO, Acciona Energy North America Corp.;Stephen C. Hall, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP; Michael Rosenfeld, Vice Consul, British Consulate-General, Los Angeles; and Kenneth Westrick, CEO, 3Tier.

Who should attend? Renewable energy project developers and technology companies, green building sector and related industries, energy management companies and ESCOs, corporate CEOs, CFOs and planners, Energy storage and electric vehicle companies, commercial and investment bankers, venture capital and private equity investors, financial analysts and advisors,

Jan 14, 2009
TiE Clean Energy SIG
Perkins Coie (PDX)

We begin the new year with our Clean energy SIG meeting. The agenda for the evening includes a presentation by Ms. Lacey Riddle, Focus Oregon Organizer for Focus The Nation who will present a project based on proven solar thermal techniques- The SunnySide Neighbourhood Project Overview.

Sunnyside Neighborhood Project Overview

Sunnyside Neighborhood Energy (SunNE) is conceived as a comprehensive solution to local thermal energy needs. SunNE is a project of Northwest Neighborhood Energy (N2E), a new non-profit incorporated in Oregon. SunNE will eventually be structured as a community-owned district energy (DE) utility powered by renewable sources that will serve Sunnyside Environmental School and the surrounding historic neighborhood and commercial areas. The project is modeled on existing mid-sized DE utilities in Sweden, Denmark and Canada, which use solar thermal storage and biofuel boilers to provide thermal energy for detached single-family homes, multi-family residential and small commercial buildings. Adapting these successful international examples for implementation in Oregon gives us a scalable, replicable model whose economic and environmental impact will be tremendous.

Planned system components include thermal solar collectors, mass thermal storage for heating and anticipated cooling, combining water to water and ground-coupled heat pump technology, waste heat recovery, PV arrays and biofuel boilers for boosting and back-up. A distribution system of hydronic insulated pipes will deliver hot and chilled water for space heating, cooling and domestic hot water to the school, several hundred nearby residences, and commercial buildings. SunNE will operate as a member-owned, unregulated franchise utility within the City of Portland.

Jun 3, 2009
Financing Your Cleantech Business: Federal and State Incentives
White Stag Block (University of Oregon)

Please join us for a panel presentation on cleantech financing – focusing on the nuts and bolts of tapping into government funding.

With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the Stimulus Package) signed into law, how do emerging cleantech or renewable energy companies in need of financing access the grants, loans and other funding that can help their business thrive? The scarcity of venture capital funding and a non-existent IPO market makes understanding the incentives and funding available from Washington, D.C. and Oregon more important than ever.

K&L Gates has assembled a panel of speakers who have not only helped cleantech companies access government and traditional funding, but also helped make that money work best in the long term.

Attendance is complimentary but space is limited.

The panelists will address:

the range of funding options for clean technology project finance how to successfully and efficiently access funding from the Stimulus Package

legal and regulatory risks and their impact on future revenue,

project feasibility and financeability

Jul 29, 2009
Federal Financing for Renewable Energy & Cleantech
Perkins Coie (PDX)

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Energy will be awarding billions of dollars in grants, loans and loan guarantees to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. The competition for these funds has already begun. Some application deadlines are rapidly approaching. For companies interested in seeking these funds, the time to act is now.

In this seminar, we will provide practical tips on how to approach the U.S. Department of Energy’s application process. Topics covered in the seminar will include:

Tracking funding opportunities Determining which opportunities best fit your business Preparing a compelling and complete application Preserving the confidentiality of sensitive business information Minimizing delays in the application process Understanding the ‘strings’ attached to federal funding

We hope that you or a colleague will be able to join us. For more information on our Federal Grants & Loans practice, please visit our Web site.

Portland, OR | Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | 7:30 a.m. Breakfast

Space is limited. Please RSVP by July 22 to Annie Piggins at APiggins "at" perkinscoie "dot" com.

Sep 23, 2009
How to Access Federal Funding for Renewable Energy and Cleantech Projects
Perkins Coie (PDX)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law earlier this year with substantial funding for cleantech companies. The Recovery Act created new funding opportunities and increased funding for many existing programs.
Join us on Sept 23rd, for a discussion with William Malley, Perkins Coie's lead partner in Washington DC on how to access competitively awarded funding under the Recovery Act and other laws.

If you are a startup or an entrepreneur, and you want to understand how to access federal grants, loans, and loan guarantees, this event is for you.

Dec 10, 2012
Cleanweb PDX Meetup
PSU Business Accelerator

Are you interested in expanding the cleantech community in Portland? On Monday, December 10 from 6:30--8pm, the Accelerator is hosting the first Cleanweb PDX Meetup, a group designed to foster the Cleantech community in Portland.

The meetup is organized by Jay-E Emmingham, a friend of the Accelerator who was an organizer for the NY Cleanweb community and is hoping to start a similar program here. Learn more about Cleanweb here:

Sign up for the 12/10 meetup here:

Jan 10, 2013
Oregon Electric Vehicles -- Prospects and Proof
PSU Business Accelerator

The Technology Management Chapter of IEEE invites you to....

Oregon Electric Vehicles: Prospects and Proof

The Brammo Experience: Developing BEV Motorcycles in Southern Oregon Electric Transportation: Opportunities and Trends

With speakers Roger Gerson, Electrical Engineering Manager, Brammo, Inc. and Jeff Allen, Executive Director, Drive Oregon

In 2009 Brammo re-invented itself with the ambition of producing fully roadworthy battery-electric motorcycles that are high quality, and cost/performance competitive with traditional internal- combustion engine bikes. Now in 2012 we are launching serial production of our 3rd model motorcycle, and achieving our dream.

This presentation provides a glimpse into the culture and philosophy of electrical engineering and electronics manufacturing at the most exciting young company in the motorcycle industry.

Date: January 10th, 2013 5:30 P.M. Registration table opens 5:30 – 6:00 P.M. Food and networking 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Presentation and Q & A

Free parking in the Accelerator lot Seating is limited. RSVP strongly recommended. $10 IEEE members. $15 non-members. IEEE Sr. Members and IEEE Students—free Register on-line: Find the event on the front page and click “Register” Pay by credit card on web site or pay by cash/check at door

Contact: Chris Dennis, Registration Volunteer, 503-803-7627, [email protected]

May 17, 2013
Cleanweb Hackathon = (Cleantech + IT) + Charrette + Some Good Company
through Earth Advantage

This hackathon is different than is a two day charrette to bring together developers, designers and innovators building web or mobile apps to solve environmental issues and enjoy a few good company.

Here is the scoop about the hackathon.

Prizes First place: $1500 and three 50% off the admission to the NEXT Startup Weekend Second place: $500 and two 50% off the admission to Tech for Change

Friday, 5/17 (optional but recommended) Kick-Off Party: Good food and beer will be there for you plus some good companies. An opportunity to scout teammates and networking & social

Saturday, 5/18 Commissioner Fish will speak. Bill Weihl, Sustainability Guru at Facebook will make cameo appearance via video conferencing. API, datasets and project ideas will be presented.

Sunday, 5/19 It is your time to shine. The final presentation will start at 3:30 and the prizes will be given out to the top two teams.

Breakfast and lunch are on us. Thanks to Chipotle!

See you all there!

Oct 23, 2013
Developers & Cleantech Networking Happy Hour
Thetus Corporation

Developers, designers and cleantech professionals! This is a networking event you don’t want to miss. You will learn about the Cleanweb Initiative and the movement in Portland.

This event also connects PSU-TAO Cleanweb Hack participants as well as tech and cleantech industry professionals.

The networking provides opportunities for the hackathon participants to discuss project ideas, scout out team members and learn hackathon 101 basics. It will also serve as a platform to open dialogue that connects cleantech and tech industry in Portland.

This is free networking event. There will be food, drink and good conversations!

Oct 26, 2013
PSU-TAO Cleanweb Hack (updated)
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

If you haven't already signed up for the Hack tomorrow at PSU, we hope some details included here will entice you. To prepare our participants for a fun and productive day, below are details and resources for the Hack.

Goals: To generate ideas are innovative to solving environmental and sustainability, social equity issues through utilization of software and mobile apps. Don’t forget to have some fun.

Idea Generation: To start, you should ask the following questions: 1) What issues you and your team would like to tackle? (ie. carbon emissions reduction by buildings or vehicles, solar potential identifier, change of personal habits, e-waste tracking, etc.) 2) What do other similar applications exist on the market? Sometimes, building on existing apps can resolve a more refined product. 3) What is the marketability? Is it scalable?

The best project ideas are one that you are passionate about, and have some components of competition and linkage to social media.

Finding Data: While you are brainstorming ideas, you should also consider data availability as well. It is not the end of the world if you don’t have data sets or APIs to mock up a prototype. Simply build your own datasets, even if just a few that are enough for you to test out your product.

See the Cleanweb Hack resource guide for APIs, data sets, sample projects and project ideas. (

Judging Criteria: At the end of day, your prototype will be scored on these criteria: 1) Impact on resource and sustainability issues 2) Design and usability of prototype 3) Feasibility and marketability 4) Good use of datasets and APIs

Prizes: 1st Place - $500, 2nd Place - $250

Bragging right is priceless.

Our judges are looking forward to your innovations!

Winston Saunders, Director of Data Center Security Initiatives at Intel Chris Harder, Division Manager at the Portland Development Commission (PDC) Skip Newberry, President at the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)

Questions? Ask us on Twitter (@cleanwebPDX), Facebook or via email [email protected]

There will be food, drink and good companies. Come out to have some fun!

What is Cleanweb? Cleanweb is a meme, a movement, a market that individuals/organizations are leveraging information technologies to address the world's critical resource challenges. This web of technologies can optimize how we use resources across the way we live, work, and play. It creates the biggest impact and economic opportunity of our time.

May 24, 2016
Small Business Funding (Lunch+Learn) Seminar for SBIR Grants by Oregon Best

Calling on tech entrepreneurs for a small business funding seminar! Are you looking for funding for your proprietary technology? Please sign up!

Oregon Best funds and supports cleantech startups and we are hosting a series of small business funding seminars for SBIR/ STTR grants.
This is a Lunch + Learn event - sign up here - best $10 you'll ever spend! 12 - 1:30pm Tuesday May 24th.

We will start with a 10 min overview Oregon Best and what we do ( and explain what cleantech is) followed by a 30 min in-depth SBIR/ STTR presentation by expert Leon Wolf.
We will give you an overview of the process, understand eligibility requirements and give free support in applying for grants for appropriate companies.

Many people get confused by the word cleantech. We want to clarify and shed light on the wide range of technologies that fall under this category.

The hope is that more people will: 
a.) see themselves and their tech as possibly falling under the "cleantech" umbrella 
b.) contact us about their technology c.) seek eligibility and support in applying for an SBIR/ STTR grants.

Oregon Best invests at very early "risky" stages - before the technology has been proven.
We then support startups in several ways by: 
a.) Investing between $50k - $250 per startup 
b.) Making Introductions / networking with key partners
c.) Funding interns to work in their company d.) Connecting co's to an experienced CEO or Entrepreneur-In-Residence to help them navigate growth, priorities, business plans, pitches e.) Help with manufacturing / scale up through our partnerships f.) showcasing the company at conferences, trade shows and BESTFEST g.) Support with Government grants SBIR/ STTR

Please register to attend! Lots of great information to learn about and resources to help tech startups.

Sep 14, 2017
BEST FEST, The Pacific NW's Premier Cleantech Innovation Conference
World Trade Center

Innovations on the frontiers of science and technology can help address the environmental challenges we face. The 2017 BEST FEST will explore how cutting edge innovations in Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Water, Natural Resources, IoT, Agriculture and Food can make a positive impact on the planet while also growing the Oregon economy. Experts from across industries in Oregon and outside the state along with entrepreneurs and university researchers will expose exciting innovations in an informative and fascinating program.

Now in its ninth year, BEST FEST brings together the doers, thinkers, and innovators working in clean technology across the region. Our signature event – known as the Pacific Northwest’s premier cleantech innovation conference – is about learning, inspiring, networking, sharing ideas, and shaping a better, more sustainable future. BEST FEST convenes a diverse audience of entrepreneurs, investors, partners, corporates, university researchers, students, and scientists – all of whom share the common goal of accelerating solutions to environmental challenges and want to create opportunities to engage.

Early bird tickets on sale now at:

Feb 28
Cleantech Open Portland Kick-Off Event
UpStart Collective

Join Cleantech Open (CTO) as we share the information about this year's upcoming 2024 Accelerator Program! At CTO we are the world's oldest and largest Clean Technology Startup Accelerator. We've had ~2,000 early stage startups successfully graduate our program since 2006. This time of year, we're looking for ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs that are trying to solve some of the world's greatest problems who are looking to grow their business to the next level using our proven curriculum.

It's a 12-week program starting in June and running through August, with a final competition in September and Culminating Event in October. By the time you're through CTO, you'll have everything you need to pitch to early-stage investors and Climate VCs. Join us to learn more!

Mar 8
45 Camp Jumpstart Weekend
through Briq Studio

Gives entrepreneurs a crash course in how to build a ClimateTech* Startup. 45Camp JumpStart provides a concentrated 3-day weekend with training, mentorship and connections to let you explore the idea of building a ClimateTech Startup. You’ll also see examples of VertueLab Entrepreneurs who are making it in ClimateTech. VertueLab is a ClimateTech non-profit that is focused on helping Pacific Northwest ClimateTech entrepreneurs achieve their goals.

Ideas come from anywhere, and individuals with those ideas often don’t have the entrepreneurial awareness, tools, or guidance to get started in their exploration. Also, entrepreneurship is new in many communities and they need a jumpstart to gain the right knowledge and connections to move forward.

The best way to discover, learn, and explore entrepreneurship is through a hands-on approach and meeting others that are building technology and can explain by showing. JumpStart Weekends are designed to be a comfortable space to gather curious individuals and introduce them to tools and methods they can use to explore their ideas and get instant feedback and mentorship, all packaged over a weekend.

Although it's in our mission to address the impacts of climate change, entrepreneurship is for everyone. We want to increase access to entrepreneurship, and provide the tools and knowledge to everyone so that we are all part of the solution. So no prior knowledge of ClimateTech is required, all you need is an idea and the curiosity to know more and explore in a weekend of fun, we encourage you to apply!