Know a woman with an amazing story, an inspirational mission or an unwavering commitment to making Central Oregon a better place? The TedxBendWomen’s Salon is now taking nominations for speakers for its May 30th event. TedxBendWomen aims to highlight women who want to make a difference in their local and global communities.
SOAR Oregon, the non-profit funded by the state of Oregon to kickstart the drone industry, made two key hires this week as it begins its second year of operation. Chuck Allen, a veteran of entrepreneurial startups and multinational corporations, is the new Executive Director of SOAR.
Many people would rather poke themselves in the eye than try to sell something — or many things for that matter — to a stranger. If you fall into that category and happen to be a small business owner, then Rich Fox has created UpTyck just for you. Fox has spent most of his career working in tech sales with companies such as ExtraHop Networks in Seattle.
The founder of whurk Rob Dumas said recently that the Bend-based startup has been moving at “startup pace” since we last spoke with him. And Dumas (previously w/ Internmatch, Dice and Monster) is not joking. The company’s platform, which connects brands to an ever-ready college “whurkforce,” introduced the first version of its mobile app this week.
Oregon Growth Board and Cascade Angels Fund 2015 agreed on a potential $100K investment last month for the coming year. This investment in the 2015 Fund comes after a successful 2014 for Cascade Angels and the means to provide more local, patient capital for launch stage companies. OGB will provide a $50K investment and add an additional $50K if the Fund reaches a total investment of $500KCascade Angels Fund 2015 is based in Central Oregon and managed by Harrelson Group. The Fund is committed to helping build Oregon’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Cascade Angels Fund 2014 invested close to $400K in emerging companies and pushed the total at the Bend Venture Conference to over $1M, including funding for Amplion and Poached Jobs.
What if I told you that Bend would soon to be home to a new digital marketing program that teaches college students and recent grads practical skills they likely aren’t learning in school? Well, the cat’s officially out of the bag — and he’s already creating a lead nurturing campaign.
Some of Bend’s most exciting startups are in the bioscience field, and the bioscience startup cluster recently rechristened itself the Bend Bioscience Consortium. Their goal is to connect and cultivate the sector in Central Oregon and launched their new website, www.bendbio.org, to that end.
One of our recent #50startups, kidRunner, has announced its 2015 Ambassador team — a group of elite runners, adventure athlete, everyday running parents, retail partners and sponsors. If you recall, kidRunner is the Bend company that has invented a new running stroller that you pull behind you instead of push. Because using arms = good.