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OEN PubTalk™: Electric Vehicle Start-ups - Entrepreneurs Driving Innovation


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115 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)
Public WiFi



OEN is partnering with Drive Oregon to highlight the activity within our state's electric vehicle (EV) startup space and help entrepreneurs learn about the opportunities in this strong and growing industry. In fact, Oregon's EV cluster has created more than 1,500 jobs and generated $266.5 million in economic activity, according to a recent study commissioned by Drive Oregon Here's your chance to get up and close with some of the entrepreneurs who are driving the latest innovation in this industry, find out why the EV industry is taking off now, and why Oregon is the place to be.

Drive Oregon is a nonprofit public-private partnership with diverse membership from across the range of companies and organizations involved in electrifying the transportation system. Drive Oregon's mission is the promote, support, and grow the electric vehicle industry in Oregon.

Scott Sandler, Board Member at Drive Oregon, will moderate the panel discussion with three innovative EV companies: Brammo, Arcimoto and OpConnect.

Each company will do their 3-minute pitch, followed by an audience favorite vote and a lively conversation about why it's a good time to be an EV entrepreneur in Oregon.


Brammo – Craig Bramscher, CEO and Founder Brammo Inc., is a leading electric vehicle technology company headquartered in North America. Brammo designs and develops electric vehicles including the award winning Enertia® and Empulse®. Brammo has a world leading electric race team and is both the reigning TTX eGrandPrixWorld Champion and the North American Champion. Brammo is an OEM supplier of its innovative Brammo Digital Drivetrain® systems including the Brammo Power® battery pack and Brammo Power® vehicle management system. Brammo has vehicle distribution and marketing operations in North America, Europe and Asia.

Arcimoto – Mark Frohnmayer, President and Founder Arcimoto's mission is sustainable transportation. We believe we shouldn't have to sacrifice the livability of our planet just for the convenience of getting from A to B. We're developing the SRK, a vehicle based on a unique new electric vehicle platform and designed for the needs of everyday drivers.

OpConnect – Dexter Turner, President and CEO OpConnect, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Optimization Technologies, an aerospace company in business since 2001. The OpConnect Electric Vehicle Charging System® is an end-to-end solution that includes a secure wireless network, data management, billing solutions, a mobile phone application and touch-screen capabilities, all built using aerospace-grade software. Our engineering team applied decades of experience from commercial and military aviation programs to develop an electric vehicle charging system that is secure, versatile and scalable.

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2013 Time: 5:15PM - 7:00PM

Pre-Register and Save: OEN members can save by pre-registering online. Online registration for this event closes Wednesday, April 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm. Please register at the door after that time, no discounts will be applied.

Become a 5-Minute Pitch Company: OEN PubTalk™ is a lively forum where very early-stage entrepreneurs from any industry get a chance to test their company pitch in front of an audience of their peers. Presenters and attendees alike, learn from the challenging questions, which test the presenting entrepreneur's business model. Companies who would like to apply to present at an upcoming OEN PubTalk™ can apply here:http://www.oen.org/events/pubtalk/5-minute-pitch/. In order to present, you must be a current OEN member.

Sponsored By: Ater Wynne