The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market kicks off today in SLC and there’s a slew of Bend outdoor companies exhibiting, as well as many more attending the show. EDCO has also sent a team (they do every year) to let people know that Central Oregon is great place to start and grow outdoor companies.
Did you go to Innovation Day yesterday? Because if you did, then let’s talk about how awesome it was — and if you didn’t then let me tell you about it. Put on by Opportunity Knocks, the Bend Chamber and OSU-Cascades with the help of many other organizations, Innovation Day presented a chance to meet innovators from around Bend, hear their ideas and then offer your own.
Bright.md — a Portland startup with Bend connections — announced today that it closed an $8 million Series B funding road. The round was led by B Capital Group, and included additional investment from Seven Peaks Ventures.
Remember how much fun the Bend Venture Conference was last year? Remember when they rolled out the social impact track? Or when they just kept handing out giant checks for a total of $4 million and everyone was just crying and cheering? That was fun. Guess what? It’s happening again and if you’re a startup founder who wants to be on the stage, then the time to apply is now.
Please stop what you’re doing so that we can talk about cookies. Specifically, FoundersPad, Bend’s own early-stage venture fund plus mentoring, has made an investment in The No-Bake Cookie Company. FoundersPad is also actively mentoring the company to help speed up its growth and put more cookies into more stores around the country. FYI if you’re ever given a choice between cookies and more cookies, the latter is always the right answer.
There’s a new event happening this summer and it’s one you don’t want to miss! Discover what makes Central Oregon so innovative at the first Innovation Day on July 18th at OSU-Cascades.