Month: September 2016

Here are the BVC Social Impact and Growth Stage Finalists

The Bend Venture Conference has announced the finalists for the Social Impact and Growth Stage tracks. The first is a new track aimed at for-profit companies with business models that include a social or environment mission. The winning startup could receive an investment between $75,000 and $150,000. The Social Impact Track competition will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13.

The startups competing are:

Get Ready for Tenth Month: October is Conferences and Ideas Galore in Bend

You might have noticed that October has gotten a little busy — and we’re not talking about trying to find just the right pieces for your amazing Harry Potter Halloween costume. In Bend, the best of all fall months is now host to a plethora of independently organized conferences, including Bend Venture, Bend Design, Swivel, the unConference, the Venture Out Festival and BendFilm. Visit Bend has designated the whole to-do as Tenth Month, a month-long SXSW-ish celebration of ideas and innovation.

And the 5 Early Stage BVC Finalists Are …. CushCore, Fire Funder, Free Rain Designs, Hytchr and InvestiPro

Well conference season has officially kicked off in Bend. Last night’s PubTalk was the annual pitch-off between 10 startups, all of which were competing for a spot on the Bend Venture Conference stage and a chance to win the BendBroadband $15,000 early stage award. Everyone made great pitches and the audience voted. The winners are:

#Julieselfie: 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs from the CEO of KIALOA, Bend-based paddle company

Julie Harrelson, CEO of the Harrelson Group, Fund Manager of Cascade Angels, has a beloved penchant for taking selfies with entrepreneurs, investors and people of Oregon who support building a strong Oregon through entrepreneurialism. This blog continues a series of selfies + blogs about the amazing people she’s met in the last couple of years. #julieselfie