EDCO just announced the Bend Venture Conference Top Five Growth Stage finalists–aka the founders pitching on stage at the conference–and they include two Bend tech startups.

InvestiPro and LeadMethod made the final cut. The first company was founded by Dana Barbato and automates HR investigations. Dana was also on stage as an early stage finalist last year. The second was founded by Justin Johnson and offers channel revenue optimization software to help companies that sell via external sales teams.

Per the EDCO news release:

The Growth Stage Competition, which includes companies that have a proven concept, have generated initial revenues, and are prepared to scale quickly with investment, will take place on Friday, October 20th. Last year, companies in the Growth Stage category won prizes ranging from $100,000 to $1,750,000.

The Top 5 finalists also include three other Oregon-based startups. It’s an all-Oregon lineup this year. Here are all the finalists:

  1. Drone Complier (Portland, OR) – Provides government compliance management solutions integrated with field services to companies entering or growing in the Drone Industry.
  2. Handful (Wilsonville, OR) – Lifestyle products for women that are flattering, versatile and feel great no matter what life throws your way.
  3. InvestiPro (Bend, OR) – The first fully-automated application for conducting effective and compliant internal workplace investigations.
  4. LeadMethod (Bend, OR) – The first Channel Revenue Optimization software to get channel partner engagement and feedback in order to increase revenue.
  5. Tripgrid (Portland, OR) – Travel management simplified. Tripgrid fixes the complexity of travel planning by providing a simple, intuitive workspace.

Brian Vierra, EDCO’s Venture Catalyst says that these companies have been through three rounds of cuts, and each stands to benefit from participating the BVC. “Our expectation is that these companies will generate interest from the investment community, with several potentially receiving awards.”

Meanwhile, the fun continues tonight at EDCO’s PubTalk. The semi-finalists for the early stage competition will be pitching to a packed house — and then we’ll all be voting (along with a panel of judges) on who moves forward to the actual conference. The early stage prize this year, sponsored by BendBroadband Business is a whopping $17,500. Nothing to sneeze at.

The BVC, scheduled for Oct. 19th and 20th, will include growth and early stage competitions as well as the social impact track. Last year, nearly $4 million in funding was awarded to ten companies.

Tickets to the conference are available here.

Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of StartupBend.com, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in WSJ.com, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at kellykearsley.contently.com or kellykearsley.com.

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