Month: January 2017

E::SPACE Labs Partners with COCC to Expand Tech Training Courses

Since its opening a year-and-a-half ago, E::SPACE Labs has been working hard to provide technical training opportunities for Central Oregonians. E::SPACE offers engineering design services for startups and established businesses, as well as training courses in electronic hardware development, product development and entrepreneurship. And they’ve recently ramped up their education efforts via a partnership with Central Oregon Community College.

The duo offered five joint courses last fall and another 10 joint courses this winter. Though many are already underway for this quarter, a few don’t begin until next month including Intro to Python, Rasberry Pi 2/3 and a Startup Product Development course. We caught up with E::Space’s co-founders Rick Silver and Dave Robson to learn more about the gaps they see in tech education here, the COCC partnership and their passion for helping entrepreneurs and inventors.

Think Tanky + Sudara Talk Slow Fashion and How Business Can Be a Force For Good

Some blog posts have just one cool thing–this one actually has two, so because bang for your buck. First, meet Think Tanky, a consulting firm started here in Bend by Amy Doherty. Amy is drawing on her deep experience with nonprofits to help for-profit companies integrate their values and social impact intentions with their business.

Second, for her Think Tanky blog, Amy interviewed Shannon Keith, founder of Sudara, about her Bend-based company that sells loungewear made by women who are survivors of India’s sex slave trade. Shannon pitched Sudara during the Bend Venture Conference Social Impact track event, and her passion for her company is contagious.

So take a few minutes to learn more about Sudara, explore Think Tanky and contemplate how for-profit businesses can be a world-changing force for good. Happy Friday!

New Portland-Based Fund Invests in Women-Led Startups

There was some very cool news out of Portland this week, and I wanted to be sure that all of you StartupBend readers saw it. A group of women entrepreneurs, investors and lenders debuted the XXcelerate Fund on Tuesday. The fund is designed to fill the capital gap that many women entrepreneurs face.

From the XXcelerate news release:

“There is a crisis in access to capital and entrepreneurial support for women in the state of Oregon and nationwide,” said Robin Klemm, PH.D., Board Member and Executive Director, XXcelerate Fund. “And this gap is happening at a time when we see continuing proof points of the effectiveness of women business leaders.”

The fund’s founders surveyed women entrepreneurs in Portland and discovered that they faced distinct challenges in obtaining capital, despite their entrepreneurial chops. The survey revealed that:

Check out these 10 StartupBend Jobs: G5, Hydaway and Agency Revolution Hiring

Did snOMG give you some time to reflect? Maybe you realized that this year is the year you’re going to make a job change, start a new career, or find a job in Bend. Fortunately, we have some openings for you to consider. G5 has pert near blown up our job board with several open positions, everything from software engineers to client success to product managers.

Hydaway, a growing Bend startup that makes an ingenious collapsible water bottle, is on the hunt for a marketing manager. And Agency Revolution, a Bend tech company that makes an insurance communication platform, is looking for a business development manager.

Here are the listings:



Agency Revolution

Is your startup looking to connect with some awesome potential hires? Then advertise your job at

Hydro Flask GM on his 3 Guiding Principles for Business #julieselfie

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

Scott Allan is a successful entrepreneur and the General Manager at Hydro Flask. Scott is a Cascade Angels investor and we often cross paths often at community events including the Oregon Outdoor Alliance meetings, the OSU Cascades Opening Ceremony, Bend Venture Conference and other venues that build a great Bend and Central Oregon. I recently caught up with Scott to learn more about Hydro Flask’s worldwide presence and how the company has managed its growth.

Event Alert! Cascade Angels Fund Manager Shares Networking Secrets

Everyone can benefit from a strong network, but very few people actually love networking. Next week, you can join Julie Harrelson, Cascade Angels fund manager, and Pam Stevenson, startup strategist and pitch coach, for an interactive workshop that will show you how to make your networking more effective and even … fun. At this workshop, you will learn:
  • The three types of connections you need to build, grow and sustain a network.
  • Julie’s best practices networking toolkit and tips for networking mastery.
  • How to make networking easy and fun.

Here are the event details…

Workshop: Networking 2.0

Date: January 25th, 4-6pm

Location: Summit Saloon, 125 NW Oregon St., Bend (No host bar)

Fee: $25 if you pre-register, $30 at the door

Register at:

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Awesome Bend, whose mission is to inspire and support creative ideas that make Bend a more awesome place to live, work and play.  

Make Money, Share Your Local Bend Knowledge: Travel Tech Startup Locals Compass Hosts Info Sessions

Locals Compass, a Bend-based travel tech startup, is looking for locals who love Bend and love sharing all that it has to offer. The site plans to connect travelers with locals who can provide personalized travel itineraries that reflect their travel style, preferences and provides an authentic travel experience. And Bend is the startup’s first market. 

“We want to provide an authentic travel experience that helps people experience a place from a locals perspective,” says founder Zilaida Salgueiro. The local experts will be compensated for their knowledge and expertise. To clarify: The locals don’t guide travelers around or meet them in person, but instead offer itineraries to help visitors navigate their travel destination.

SoCalGas Signs Contract to Demo OnBoard Dynamics Mobile Natural Gas Compressor

Bend startup Onboard Dynamics has signed a contract with SoCalGas, which will fund the demonstration and testing of a new mobile natural gas compressor that can re-fuel compressed natural gas vehicles on the go, according to a recent news release. SoCalGas plans to use the Onboard Dynamics compressors to refuel CNG buses in two California school districts, beginning this summer.

The mobile compressor will allow the CNG buses to refuel without having to drive to a retail refueling station or pay the large upfront cost of building a conventional CNG refueling station onsite, Onboard Dynamics reports.

From the release:

“We are excited to introduce a mobile compressor that effectively provides CNG refueling options without the need for electric power,” says Rita Hansen, chief executive officer, ObDI. “Our technology can potentially reduce CNG production costs, increase efficiency, improve reliability and lower criteria emissions compared to previous engine-driven products.”