This news volcano doesn’t actually come with any sort of explosion. But you will definitely be fired up (puns: 1 readers: 0) by the startup activity big and small happening #inbend recently. So buckle up buttercup …
If Bend’s newest wave of tech companies were a high school (mascot: The Skiing Geeks), then Manzama would be an upperclassman. The startup, which makes a business intelligence platform primarily for attorneys, won the Bend Venture Conference six years ago and raised $1.3 million in Series A funding in 2014. In the interim, the company has been growing, expanding its product line and experimenting with new verticals. Now CEO Peter Ozolin, who previously founded and sold a company called Legal Anywhere, is focused on profitability. We caught up with Ozolin to learn more about Manzama’s recent progress and future plans.
Economic Development for Central Oregon announced today that the total awards for last year’s BVC hit $947,500 — up from $620,00, which was awarded at the conference in mid-October. Odysys and Perfect Company, officially closed at $225,000 and $125,000, respectively, according to the EDCO news release.
Are you an inventor, product developer, entrepreneur, engineer or someone who simply loves creating cool things? Then you may want to check out ESPACE Labs‘ grand opening social event Jan. 29th.
Last week, RAIN Eugene held their “State of the Startup Ecosystem” address, where they highlighted the latest companies emerging from their accelerator program. The event was sold out with nearly 500 people attending, and the startup vibe was contagious. To top things off, our beloved past Venture Catalyst and Tech Alliance president, Jim Coonan, delivered the opening presentation.
Your pitch is what spurs investments, turns prospects into clients and helps you recruit the best team. Now you can ensure that it’s top notch. EDCO has teamed up with Diane Allen, one of the pitch coaches for the Bend Venture Conference finalists, to offer Allen’s winning-pitch secrets to all Bend startup founders.
Goodness, I’ve had that Adele song stuck my head for weeks. And now I’ve passed the ear worm onto you. Back to business: Cascade Angels, the Bend-based angel fund, has opened up its application process to Oregon entrepreneurs looking for funding.
Our startup community has a few people working behind the scenes to keep it moving forward. One of them is Jim Schell, a long time advocate for entrepreneurship and doer of things. In the following guest blog post, Jim provides a ‘state of the union’ for our local ecosystem and as usual, it is a good read.