The StartupBend inbox has been overflowing with all sorts of interesting tidbits so we decided to round them all up into one delicious soup of news. Who wants news soup? Sorry no soup for you. Just kidding. Spend a few minutes getting caught up and penciling things into your calendar.
TechfestNW is fast approaching and Bend startups are ready to make a strong showing. The conference, which runs April 5th and 6th in Portland, includes a pitch competition aptly named PitchfestNW. More than 80 founders will pitch their startups, including at least six from Bend. Who are they? Glad you asked. TechfestNW attendees and the esteemed judging panel will get to hear from:
Our startup community keeps on growing, and that’s especially exciting when that growth translates to more resources for early stage entrepreneurs. OSU-Cascades launched its Innovation Co-Lab incubator last week. The Co-Lab will provide coworking space and coaching for startups.
One of Bend’s own will be part of Project Entrepreneur’s 2018 Class in New York. If you see Jen Ortado, founder of Kidcareshare, tell her congrats. She recently discovered she’ll be one of 200 female founders taking part in the April event.
For the third year, I’ve been lucky enough to help facilitate one of the community salon discussions for the upcoming Muse Women’s Conference. This year we are talking with women who have reinvented themselves — how they did it, their challenges and the unexpected outcomes.
Cascade Angels, Bend’s own organized angel fund, has been growing since its inception in 2014, both in the dollars it has to invest and the number of companies in its portfolio. To date the organization has invested $2.7 million into 17 Oregon companies. Most recently, the fund expanded its leadership team to include Robert Pease, who will join the organization’s co-founder Julie Harrelson. They will serve as fund co-managers.
If you like people, entrepreneurship, tech and tacos — not necessarily in that order — then we may have a job for you. BendTECH is hiring a new community and operations manager. Here is the listing. Please forward along to anyone who think may be a good fit.
When it comes to raising funds for charity, there are few things more effective than an auction. But when auction items go for less than what their donors hoped—or don’t capture the audience’s attention at all, then everyone misses out.