VertueLab Impact Summit brings together climate innovators, investors, philanthropists, and a youth climate activist to fast-track cleantech climate solutions

Startups will display clean technologies ranging from meatless nuggets, insulation made of hemp, and chemical free car washes to solar panel coatings that boost efficiency, a carbon capture technology and more

PORTLAND, Ore. – On Friday, September 13, the annual VertueLab Impact Summit will showcase the latest cleantech solutions from the Pacific Northwest aimed at the climate crisis, connect innovators with investors and feature a range of speakers – including one of the youth plaintiffs in the constitutional climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, supported by Our Children's Trust.

VertueLab is a national leader in pioneering a new way for innovators, investors and philanthropists to unite and become a collaborative solution to the climate crisis.

"The urgency of the climate crisis is clear, so it's critical that innovators, investors, philanthropists and others team up to fast-track development of new climate solutions technologies," said David Kenney, president and executive director of VertueLab. "The VertueLab Impact Summit is a unique event that not only features the newest clean technologies, but offers a place to share conversations, ideas and inspiration in order to build a community of individuals who are passionate about developing and deploying technologies that can impact the climate crisis."

Alex Loznak, one of the 21 youth plaintiffs in the constitutional climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, which is supported by Our Children's Trust, will speak at the summit, along with the group's co-counsel Andrea Rodgers, senior staff attorney with Our Children's Trust.

Other speakers include participants in the Fireside Chat, who will address the topic, "Technology Innovation and the Plan to Reverse Climate Change." These speakers include:

  • Crystal Chissell of Project Drawdown will share ways that technology innovation shows up in Drawdown's comprehensive plan to reverse the climate crisis.

  • Aaron Chockla will draw from his work at True North Venture Partners to talk about the perspective of venture capital firms on early stage investment opportunities connected to climate solutions.

  • Stephen Zoegall of Accenture will reflect on his firm's experience advising clients in their pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the technologies they are seeking to support that effort.

  • Kirk Washington, chair of the VertueLab Board of Directors and a veteran of the Pacific Northwest cleantech industry and investing ecosystem, will serve as moderator.

Eight startups in the 2019 cohort of the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator will exhibit their technologies. The 2019 cohort includes:

  • BlueDot Photonics (Seattle, WA) – Developer of a proprietary sunlight-shaping technology that is helping solar panel manufacturers improve the efficiency of solar panels by 10-15 percent.

  • Hempitecture (Ketchum, ID) – Producer of hempcrete insulation blocks and other services for hempcrete construction, which removes carbon from the atmosphere.

  • Hexas Biomass (Olympia, WA) – Producer and distributor of sustainable, non-wood biomass that can supplement or replace wood and other biomass in multiple applications, including panel boards, bioenergy pellets, ethanol, and more.

  • Maxwell Vehicles (Seattle, WA) – Innovator of a way to uplift cargo vans with electric powertrains, reducing energy use, lowering operating costs, and reusing electronic waste.

  • SCW Technologies (Seattle, WA) – Developer of a patent-pending technology that uses water to convert plastic to its original petro-chemical state, providing a cost effective solution to plastic marine litter and the landfilling of end-of-life-plastics.

  • SHB Power Plan Engineering (Portland, OR) – Innovator of the Hi-Cyclone biomass combustion system, which allows customers to create immense amounts of renewable energy with high efficiency and exceptional reliability.

  • Stark Street Materials (Portland, OR) – Producer of nontoxic and recyclable high-performance radiation shielding materials.

  • Sustainabilist (Portland, OR) – Enabler of higher profit and lower risk in the solar and energy efficiency sectors through scientific process improvement, custom software, data science, and machine learning.

In addition to the accelerator cohort, eight innovators from the Pacific Northwest and Canada will be part of the Company Showcase. Each of these entrepreneurs will speak for eight minutes about their clean technologies then field questions from a panel of investors. These companies include:

  • Hydrogen in Motion (H2M) (Vancouver, BC, Canada) - Developer of a proprietary nanomaterial that selectively attracts hydrogen under ambient temperature and low pressure to provide twice the hydrogen in the same volume at half the cost.

  • Inventys (Burnaby, BC, Canada) - Developer of a CO2 Marketplace using breakthrough next-generation carbon capture technology.

  • Exergy (Portland, OR) - Provider of a peer-to-peer open source protocol for sharing real time and historical energy data that has been incubated by LO3 Energy.

  • Plover (Milwaukie, OR) - Innovator of automated carwash systems that leverage advanced computer vision and robotics to clean vehicles without using any soaps or chemicals.

  • Sironix Renewables (Seattle) - Innovator of environmentally friendly and safe chemicals from plants for use in industrial consumer products.

  • Rebellyous Foods (Seattle) - Manufacturer of delicious, juicy, plant-based chicken nuggets, patties, and strips that cook just like breaded chicken products - for schools, hospitals, corporate cafeterias, and restaurants.

 VertueLab Impact Summit is the signature annual event of VertueLab, a nonprofit that supports cleantech startups developing new climate solutions technologies. The summit will take place at LeftBank Annex in Portland on Friday, Sept. 13, from Noon to 6 p.m. More information here:

About VertueLab
Since 2007, VertueLab has supported and made direct program-related investments in innovative cleantech startups, connecting promising companies with state and federal resources, while preparing these companies for follow-on investment through a series of focused programs. VertueLab is a partner to philanthropic investors, helping ensure their investment dollars are aligned with their values and are having a measureable impact on the planet. VertueLab is an independent nonprofit supported in part by a grant from Business Oregon. Learn more at

MEDIA CONTACT: Gregg Kleiner, 541.740.9654; SOURCE: David Kenney, VertueLab, 503.780.8736