CleanTech Community Events



VertueLab Impact Summit | September 26 | Portland, OR

Every September, innovators, investors, and others from across the Pacific Northwest come together at the VertueLab Impact Summit (formerly BEST FEST) – the Pacific Northwest’s premier cleantech innovation conference. Now in its 10th year, VIS2018 brings together the doers, thinkers, and innovators working in clean technology across the region. This gathering is about learning, inspiring, networking, sharing ideas, and shaping our future with Green Technologies for Good. VertueLab, in collaboration with OEN, convenes a diverse audience of business leaders, entrepreneurs, impact investors, partners, corporates, university researchers, students and scientists – all of whom have the common goal of accelerating solutions to the world’s environmental challenges. Register now!

Vietnam – Washington State USA: Trade & Investment Summit | September 26 | Renton, WA

The Washington State Department of Commerce and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam invite you to learn more about business and investment opportunities.  More than 100 business leaders and officials from Vietnam and the U.S. will be on hand to lead panel discussions, make presentations and conduct business matchmaking sessions. Represented sectors include food processing, IT, manufacturing, textiles, furniture and more.  The registration fee is $35.  Register here.

 Millennial Nuclear Caucus | September 27 | Seattle, WA

Join the US Department of Energy and the Nuclear Energy Institute for an exciting day with nuclear visionaries, policymakers, and thought leaders–from those currently working at our nation’s 99 nuclear plants and supplier facilities, to those designing the small modular and advanced reactors of the future.  People interested in nuclear energy, advanced science and technology solutions, or the future of clean energy to attend and join in the conversation.  Register here.

Testbeds Entrepreneur In Residence Office Hours | September 28 | Seattle, WA

Dr. Ramkumar Krishnan, the Washington Clean Energy Testbed’s Entrepreneur in Residence, will be holding his monthly office hours on Friday, September 28th from 10:00am to 6:00pm at the Testbeds.  This is a great opportunity to discuss business ideas, R&D, entrepreneurism, and career aspirations with a leading CTO with over 20 years of experience.  Please RSVP to Dr. Michael Pomfret, if you would like to meet with Dr. Krishnan.

TAITRA | US Business Day | October 4 | Taipei, Taiwan

TAITRA is recruiting US companies working in target field to participate in US Business Day in Taipei, Taiwan.  Target industries include Functional Textiles, Smart Machinery, IoT Equipment, Smart Devices, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile Electronics, Outdoor Sports Goods, Gardening Tools, Hardware/Fastener, Hand Tools, Houseware Products.  TAITRA is providing financial incentives to defray the costs of participating.  For more information, contact Ruth R. H. Chang, Director, Taiwan Trade Center, Vancouver, at 604-6812787

Financial Fundamentals for Startups | October 5 | Seattle, WA

Every founder knows that having a passion for your product and the ability to tell the story to stakeholders is critical to success. How many, though, can tell their story with numbers? How many know how to make operational adjustments based on what the numbers say? This is about more than building forecasts – though we’ll do that too. This is about developing a range of financial and analytic tools and practices that grow with your business. From the germination of your idea, through validation, launch, scale, and exit, how numbers and metrics can help smooth your journey. RSVP here.

Feeding the World in a Changing Climate | October 9 | Seattle, WA

Over the last two decades, 200 million people have been lifted out of hunger. Yet according to the World Bank, nearly 800 million people around the world still experience food insecurity, and an estimated 3 million children die each year due to causes related to under nutrition. Climate change has the potential to increase food insecurity for those living on the margins, as it increases the frequency and intensity of droughts, floods, and storms, destroying crops and livelihoods. Furthermore, experts warn that we will need to double world food production by 2050 to keep up with the growing population growth, most of which will take place in developing countries. Come join the conversation about the work being done in developing countries to increase food security in developing countries to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Register here.

GridFWD 2018 | October 10 – 11 | Vancouver, BC

Join leaders from regional utilities, solution providers, regulatory agencies and governments who are working together to move the region’s energy systems forward. Learn more at and register today.  PDF description can be found here.

Taste of Iceland in Seattle: Energy & Innovation | October 11 | Seattle, WA

Iceland is a global leader in renewable energy, generating more than 99% of its energy from renewable resources. At this event, executives from Landsvirkjun, Iceland’s National Power Company, along with the CleanTech Alliance and the Washington State Department of Commerce will join together with other Washington state energy leaders to discuss energy innovations and new opportunities being created in both Iceland and Washington. Interested attendees are encouraged to RSVP on Facebook.

Bend Venture Conference | October 18 – 19 | Bend, OR

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will again host the annual two-day Bend Venture Conference (BVC), on Thursday, October 18 – Friday, October 19, 2018, at the iconic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend.  Now in its 15th year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past four years, more than $7.8 million has been invested in 34 companies as a result of the conference. This year, over 600 entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders are expected to attend the multi-day conference.  Tickets to the 15th Annual BVC are on sale now and are available here.

Sustainable Future Financing Panel | November 15, 2018 | Spokane, WA

Join us during Global Entrepreneurship Week to hear from an expert panel on how to start or grow your business – with a focus on entrepreneurs that are developing technology or providing services in the clean energy, agriculture, recycling/waste management and sustainable product sectors.  Sponsors include Craft3, CleanTech Alliance, Washington State University.

NW Energy Coalition: Clean and Affordable Energy Conference | November 15 | Portland, OR

Speakers include Maria Pope, Portland General Electric.  Panels on Storage, Building Efficiency, the lower Snake River dam debate.  At the World Forestry Center in Portland.  More information here.  Membership meeting on the following day, November 16.

G-STIC 2018 | November 28-30 | Brussels 

G-STIC, the Global Science, Technology & Innovation Conference series, focuses on integrated technological solutions that help accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Its first edition, G-STIC 2017, initiated the process of facilitating the upscaling of integrated technological solutions that can be put in practice in different regions of the world. G-STIC 2018 takes a new leap forward, inviting companies to showcase their engagement towards the implementation of the SDGs and demonstrate their leadership in sustainable development.

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