Bend Outdoor Worx announced four different funding awards for its upcoming Venture Out Conference, scheduled for Oct. 18th at the Tower Theater in Bend. The conference debuted last year as the first and only funding event for the outdoor industry.

Small, humble review: The company pitches were rad and the whole evening was awesome. You should probably go. Even more notable: 40 companies have applied for the conference’s second year. They’re onto to something here.


From the BOW news release:

The BOW Venture Out Festival, the only funding event solely for the outdoor industry, will offer multiple funding awards at the third annual event including; the new $2,500 Digital Ascent Award, a cash grant for Tech Rec companies; the  $5,000 Ready To Roll Award, a new cash grant for growth stage outdoor companies; the $10,000 BreakOut Award, the original cash grant for early stage outdoor companies that launched the Venture Out Festival in 2015; and Business Oregon will award $100k SBEP funding to one of the companies that applies for the festival.

Bend Outdoor Worx is able to provide this unique funding and publicity opportunity for the outdoor industry with the remarkable support of the Bend business, financial, and outdoor communities. Northline Wealth Management stepped up support and is the presenting sponsoring for the 2017 festival. 10 Barrel Brewing is an associate sponsor and will be hosting the pre-party mixer on October 17 at their new East location.

Other companies making these awards and event possible include HydroFlask, Ruffwear, First Interstate Bank, Toyko Starfish, Nevado Adventures, Bendbroadband, BBSI, Business Oregon, 92/9FM, City of Bend, Hand In Hand Productions, SnoPlanks and Zealios.

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