KidRunner, one of our #50startups, launched its Kickstarter Wednesday in hopes of raising $50,000 to fund the production of 15 kidRunners for its ambassador team.
Niki Singlaub travels a lot for work and wanted a water bottle that folded to fit into his pocket while going through airport security. Then he could pop it open and fill it up before boarding. But even after diving deep into the depths of Amazon (there’s things you can’t unsee people) Singlaub couldn’t find what he needed. So being a product designer by trade and an entrepreneur at heart, he made one.
Cascade Angels raised $725,000 for its 2015 fund, the Bend-based organization announced Friday. That’s a 58% increase from its inaugural 2014 fund, which made investments in Manzama, Droplr and Amplion, all tech startups based right here Central Oregon, as well as Portland-based Poached Jobs.
Billed as the first statewide community capital conference, the ComCap:Oregon event promotes a new way for Oregon-based businesses to raise up to $250,000 from non-accredited investors.
You know when you have to sell chocolate bars in middle school and you’re just hoping to sell at least three so your mom doesn’t have to buy the whole box. Then there’s the kid who sells enough to win a pizza party and a limo ride and an assembly? Niki Singlaub, creator of the HYDAWAY reusable water bottle, is like that kid.
The High Desert Maker Mill Powered by Cascade Divide will open this spring at 213 SW Columbia in Bend Oregon. The High Desert Makers, a non-profit organization, fueled the DIY spirit in Central Oregon through many events since winning the Bend Venture unConference wildcard in 2013, and will evolve their educational and collaborative programs with this official hub.
Bend seems to be the perfect testing ground for outdoor products. We’ve got mountains, valleys, sun, snow, water, and a whole hellofalot of people who take advantage of it all.