Our Mission is Impact
We are one of the first organizations in the country to make direct, program-related investments in cleantech startups.
VertueLab partners with funders and innovators in clean technologies to make a global environmental impact. Through a series of focused programs and funding opportunities, we advance promising technologies to market while helping innovators find the resources they need to move their vision forward.
Meet the Team:
President & Executive Director
Email: david.kenney [at] vertuelab.org
"Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible."
- George Washington Carver
Deputy Director, Director of Impact Strategy
Email: jo.brickman [at] vertuelab.org
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that
makes the existing model obsolete."
- R. Buckminster Fuller
Director of Impact Investments
Email: ken.vaughn [at] vertuelab.org
“Each and every one of us should stop playing small and license
ourselves to become one of the giants of the new century.
We will need champions by the truckload.”
- Van Jones
Senior Program Specialist
Email: tricia.clemans [at] vertuelab.org
"Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life,
and not something you do in your spare time."
- Marian Wright Edelman
VertueLab Board of Directors
“I’d be lost without VertueLab.
They’ve helped focus my approach to the market in a smart and educated way.”
— Dirk Wallace, VP of Product Development at Formology
From Oregon BEST to VertueLab
Our beginnings harken back to 2007 when we were formed as Oregon BEST, a non-profit economic development engine funded by the State of Oregon to support cleantech startups. As a powerful force providing access to critical support and funding, our mission is similar but has evolved even further. We are innovating alongside our portfolio companies by developing new impact investing models to fuel their growth and the tools to measure the environmental and social impact that their success brings. Our strategy includes expanding our geographic reach deeper into the Pacific Northwest region. We couldn’t be prouder to forge a new future ahead.