BendTECH officially launched its crowdfunding campaign this week with an ambitious goal of raising $80,000 to support Central Oregon tech entrepreneurs.<br />

BendTECH officially launched its crowdfunding campaign this week with an ambitious goal of raising $80,000 to support Central Oregon tech entrepreneurs.

A program of the nonprofit Tech Alliance, BendTECH wants to create:

  • A dedicated co-working space for techies and startups. BendTECH (the name of the new co-working space, as well as this blog) will be located at 1001 Emkay. The former Forest Service building is currently being renovated into a modern office space.
  • Programs to help entrepreneurs. The space would also provide education programs aimed at helping startups grow.
  • A giant meetup space for events. The unConference, Startup Weekend, Hack Nights. You name it. BendTECH could host it.
  • A tech news blog. Ahem. Hello. That would be this blog, which aims to relay the region’s tech news and happenings to, you know, the whole world. (Have a story? Contact me.)

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“There is a lot of activity around startups and tech in Central Oregon right now,” says James Gentes, executive director of Tech Alliance . “We want to provide as much support as we can to the entrepreneurs and startup founders who call Bend home.”

The campaign runs until Oct. 1. Because Tech Alliance is a 501(c)3, your donations are tax deductible.

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].
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