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BEST FEST is now called VertueLab Impact Summit (VIS2018).
See details below about this year's September 26th event, and reserve your spot!


VertueLab Impact Summit

The Pacific Northwest's Premier Cleantech Innovation Conference - 10 YEARS going strong!

WedNesday, September 26, 2018
12 pm - 6:30 pm
Castaway Portland 
1900 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Every September, innovators from across the Pacific NW come together at 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. VIS2018 is about learning, inspiring, networking, sharing ideas, and shaping our future. We convene a diverse audience of business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, partners, corporates and scientists— who have the common goal of accelerating solutions to environmental challenges

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Sponsorship Opportunities for VIS2018 are Available! 

Download the sponsorship deck at the link below or contact directly.


Fireside Chat Speakers 

Fundraising for a startup is hard. Fundraising for a cleantech startup is even harder. VertueLab knows it takes a diverse set of funders to get a company to the finish line, and one of the most promising, emerging sources is that of impact capital - philanthropists and investors with money on a mission. The VIS2018 Fireside Chat will feature leading minds in impact investing - foundations, family offices, impact venture funds, and field builders - for an exploration of key issues and emerging opportunities for cleantech innovators. Attendees will gain insight into a growing source of capital for cleantech innovators that recognizes and values the financial, social, and environmental returns from clean technology solutions.

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Abhilash Mudaliar

Abhilash Mudaliar is Research Director at the GIIN (Global Impact Investing Network). Research at the GIIN focuses on market activity and trends, investor performance and the practice of impact investing, designed to bridge information gaps in order to enhance the scale of capital flowing toward addressing social and environmental challenges. Prior to the GIIN, Mudaliar had several years of experience in social enterprise and impact investing in India as well as at Bain & Company in Australia. Learn more about Mudaliar here.

Sarah Cleveland

Sarah Cleveland is a resource for organizations addressing sustainability in the investment process. She has been an independent investment consultant since 2011, working on research, strategy and education projects. Cleveland has been involved in economic research and financial services for more than 25 years, and active in the sustainable investment field since 2003. Sarah Cleveland Consulting became a signatory to the PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) in 2014. Learn more about Cleveland here.


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David Griest is a Managing Director at SJF Ventures and based in Seattle. He joined SJF in 2004 and has served as a Board Director or Observer for SJF portfolio companies Aseptia (sustainable food processing technology), BioSurplus (used laboratory equipment), HYLA (mobile device trade-in and reuse solutions), Intechra (electronics lifecycle management), Novinium (power cable rejuvenation), Optoro (returned & excess goods solutions), Rustic Crust (all-natural and organic pizza products), Salvage Direct (online salvage vehicle auction), and Telkore (wireless infrastructure services). Learn more about Griest here.


Special thanks to our Sponsors!


"I get about 400 invitations to speak a day, and I decline usually about 399 of them a day. But when I heard that VertueLab Impact Summit was going to be here with all the great things they are doing, I had to jump on the opportunity to say YES. The reason I wanted to do that is because this is the best showcase certainly in the region — and quite possibly in the entire country — that links sustainability and economic prosperity."
Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland