Whether it’s watching founders on stage at BVC, pitching at the unConference or even networking at smaller startup events around town, you may have found yourself wondering: Where are all the women?

Many of us have asked the same thing and we think it’s time to talk about it. We know there are many awesome women entrepreneurs in our community. We also know that they’re often an under represented group. And we know that finding ways to further encourage women’s entrepreneurship benefits the whole community.

So a group of startup women founders and supporters (myself included) have organized an evening dedicated to Bend’s startup women. It’s Tuesday Jan. 19 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at BendTECH.  And we’d love for you to join us.

The plan is to have a real conversation about women and entrepreneurship right here in Bend. We want to learn: What challenges do women founders face, what resources are currently available and what can the community do to help foster more women-run startups and ultimately help women succeed?

It’s a lot of big questions. We get it. And as of now, we’re not sure of the answers. But digging in the first step. So let’s do it.

Also there’s wine. And it’s free. 

You can register here. 

Whether you can join us or not, please fill out this survey.

And lastly, just climbing up on my soapbox for a sec: Given that our startup community is relatively young and still forming, we get the rare opportunity to make it what we want. It doesn’t have to look like everywhere else and frankly it could be better than everywhere else. Right? We can at this early stage create an inclusive community that supports all entrepreneurs. Imagine how awesome that would be. Think about it …

See you Tuesday!

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.

You can reach Kelly by email at [email protected].
Kelly Kearsley