We’re sending some positive Central Oregon vibes to Bend-based Odysys today. CEO Kent Schnepp is one of six startup founders competing in the growth stage competition of the OEN Angel Oregon Annual Showcase later this afternoon.

Finalist companies present their pitches to a crowd of over 300 investors, business leaders, and entrepreneurs, according to the OEN Angel Oregon website. One winner is awarded a check, typically ranging from $200,000 to $300,000.

Past winners include Spaceview, Nouvola and Wild Friends Food. Odysys has been gathering steam since the company was founded in July 2014. The startup won the Bend Venture Conference, taking home $205,000 in investment. Cascade Angels also invested $100,000 in Odysys.

Schnepp now has a team of nine (up from 3 less than a year ago) and the company moved from their downtown offices into new digs near the Old Mill. To refresh you memory, Odysys provides a digital marketing platform for hotels. The company has focused on the independent hotel market, looking to help hoteliers move away from online travel agencies, such as Expedia or Travelocity, which command steep commissions from the hotels for bookings.

Odysys at BVC 2015.
Kent Schnepp, founder of Odysys, in middle, at BVC 2015.

The other growth stage finalists pitching today include:

OEN Angel Oregon also has a early stage competition today, with startups competing for a prize package of goods and services. Good luck to all the companies pitching!

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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