Our friends over in Portland are doing something amazing. Mitch Daugherty (OEN), Terry St. Marie (OAF), and Rick Turoczy (Silicon Florist, PIE) have teamed up to film the innovative spirit of companies throughout Oregon and publish it on a new website that helps connect entrepreneurs across the state.

Our friends over in Portland are doing something amazing. Mitch Daugherty (OEN), Terry St. Marie (OAF), and Rick Turoczy (Silicon Florist, PIE) have teamed up to film the innovative spirit of companies throughout Oregon and publish it on a new website that helps connect entrepreneurs across the state.

Take a minute to watch their well-produced video, which happens to include more than a few companies from Bend:

They are funding this through a Kickstarter campaign, which has already surpassed the $20k goal. Tech Alliance is a contributor, and we encourage others to support them as well. Here’s their short pitch:

We’re asking you to join us as we create Built Oregon, a platform designed to celebrate the statewide network of entrepreneurs and innovators building Oregon.

With your help, we can afford to build a website designed to highlight stories of founders and companies through compelling narrative and engaging content — with a distinct focus on storytelling, both written and interactive. Our events will allow you to experience those stories — and meet those entrepreneurs — firsthand.

Built Oregon tells stories. Stories that inspire entrepreneurs. Stories that create connections between business and support organizations. Stories that increase awareness of companies around our state. Stories to be shared beyond our state lines.

With your support, we will be able to tell these uniquely Oregon stories and create a new online home for our collaborative startup ecosystem.

We’re doing this because we believe in Oregon entrepreneurs. And we’re hoping you’ll join us.

If you’re interested in helping out, please support their campaign or reach out to us here at BendTECH and we’ll work with you to get involved!

James Gentes

CEO at Tend.ai
James is a huge fan of Bend's startup scene. He is responsible for creating the BendTech coworking space at 1001 SW Emkay during his many years as board member and president of the Tech Alliance of Central Oregon.

He loves to write code, is passionate about design, and runs StartupCommunity.org as a side hobby. He sold his previous company that he started in Bend, 'The Social Business' to Innovation Garden in New York.

You can reach James by email at [email protected].