Bend Outdoor Worx, Central Oregon’s accelerator for outdoor product startups, is currently seeking applications for next year’s program. This will be BOW’s fifth cohort, with the program’s alumni including Cairn, Zealios, The Robert Axle Project, Snow Planks and more. Does anyone remember when BOW was just starting out? It seems like just yesterday, and now all these startups are growing up. No, I’m not crying. You’re crying.
If you plan on job hunting in 2018, it looks like there will be a slew of tech openings. The Technology Association of Oregon put out a survey last month to area tech employers, asking about their hiring plans. Twenty-nine companies responded, noting that they planned to hire a cumulative 280+ people into tech-related positions, says Teri Hockett, VP of TAO and head of the Central Oregon TAO office.
Bend’s own Rita Hansen, head of OnBoard Dynamics, has been selected to be part of a delegation of U.S. entrepreneurs, investors and more headed to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the end of this month. The eighth annual summit with take place in Hyderabad, India, and highlight the theme Women First, Prosperity for All–focusing on supporting women entrepreneurs and economic growth.