Friday, September 13, 2019
Noon to 6:30pm
101 N Weidler St,
Portland, OR 97227

THE CLOCK IS TICKING. To make the technology leaps needed to reverse the climate crisis in the time available to us, we need to connect and collaborate with those who share our inspiration to accelerate climate solutions. 

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11:30a - Registration Opens

12:00p - 1:00p NETWORKING LUNCH

Lunch is served with time to network and visit the exhibits.



Funding Startups with SBIR Grants
and Other Options (Luncheon Workshop)

Relevant to researchers and startups in ALL industries, not just cleantech

This lunch workshop feature a moderated panel of funding experts on SBIR/STTR grants, angel investing, and venture capital, as well as advice and tips from successful entrepreneurs.


1:00p - 1:35p




1:35p - 2:45p

Fireside chat:
Technology Innovation and the Plan to Reverse Climate Change

To eliminate the causes of climate change will require that humanity use all effective strategies available: education, policy, behavior change, deployment of existing technology and our reason for being - technology innovation. This panel will feature Crystal Chissell of Project Drawdown along with leaders from industry and finance. Together they will explore why technology innovation is critical to effective climate change mitigation.


2:45p - 3:00p

NEtworking break

Stretch your legs and connect with an interesting spectrum of #VIS19 attendees including: investors and financial professionals, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, university researchers, support services, government entities, and representatives from private corporations. BRING BUSINESS CARDS!


3:00p - 4:45p

company showcase

This year's #VIS19 will include the fast-paced Cleantech Showcase, where eight up-and-coming startups present their innovations in eight minutes, followed by Q&A from a panel of investors.


4:45p - 6:00p

reception with live music

Grab a drink, some tasty appetizers, and enjoy getting to know each other, while accompanied by live music from local Portland alt-jazz band, Business of Pleasure.




Here are a few of the faces that will be gracing the stage at #VIS19. Click on their photos to learn more.


#VIS19 Video Booth

The Perkins Coie video booth will be back again at #VIS19!

Share your experience and inspiration with startup founders through interviews about techniques for effective pitching and networking! For inspiration, check out the results from last year’s video interviews:

Getting There:

Our venue is the Leftbank Annex at 101 N Weidler St, Portland

This is a conference focused on solutions to climate change – we encourage you to take advantage of the site’s terrific transit access, with Portland Streetcar and multiple bus routes with nearby stops.

See this Parking and Transit map for details.

For guests with a DMV Disabled Parking Permit or special needs, we can offer limited reserved parking spots. Please let us know if you would like more information about one of these reserved spots:

All other guests who drive will either need to find on-street parking or utilize the Rose Quarter East Garage. The cost to park at the Rose Quarter East Garage for the day is a flat day rate of $15 to $20 (The Rose Quarter has let us know their rate is subject to change).



“VertueLab Impact Summit is an important and unique event, which is why Perkins Coie is proud to be a sponsor. This annual gathering not only brings together people passionate about reversing climate change, but showcases the latest and greatest clean technologies being developed by tomorrow’s visionary entrepreneurs. We hope to see you there!”
Neil Nathanson, Startup Attorney, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Practice, Perkins Coie


 we’re looking for volunteers at vis19!

We love our volunteers and need your help to make #VIS19 awesome. In exchange for a few hours of your time, we will cover your registration fee. Contact for where we could use the help.


Also happening at the VertueLab Impact Summit 2019

EcoCapital Connections

Eco-Capital Connections is an annual invitation-only matchmaking event connecting the region’s most promising cleantech companies with the country’s most active cleantech investors and global corporations, co-located at #VIS19, and made possible through a partnership with Prosper Portland. Applications for 2019 are closed.


"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