The Bend Venture Conference has announced the finalists for the Social Impact and Growth Stage tracks. The first is a new track aimed at for-profit companies with business models that include a social or environment mission. The winning startup could receive an investment between $75,000 and $150,000. The Social Impact Track competition will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13.

The startups competing are:

  • Hemex Health (Portland, Ore.): Improves millions of lives in underserved countries by providing new diagnostics for malaria and sickle cell disease where there’s currently no viable test available.
  • OpConnect (Portland, Ore.): Sells and operates smart electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Sudara (Bend, Ore.): Designs and manufactures beautiful products in India, sold via e-commerce, providing jobs for survivors of sex-trafficking.
  • TryECO (Portland, Ore.): Develops super absorbent polymers that are soil amendments and seed coatings, which increase crop yields with less water while improving soil tilth and biologics.

Next up are the Growth Stage finalists. These companies have a proven concept, have generated initial revenues and are prepared to scale quickly with investment. The winner could receive up to $250,000 in investment. This and the early stage competition takes place on Friday, Oct. 14. The competing startups are:

  • Cartogram (Kirkland, Wash.): Provides indoor location services for businesses including line wait times, product search, staff monitoring, and indoor maps built into Google Maps.
  • Hubb (Vancouver, Wash.): Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that automates the business process for collecting, managing and marketing the abstracts, speakers and sponsors for conferences and meetings.
  • Outdoor Project (Portland, Ore.): The fastest growing media platform in the U.S. for outdoor recreation and travel.
  • RFPIO Inc. (Portland, Ore.): SaaS solution that streamlines the RFP response process and increases the win rate through automation, collaboration and Salesforce integration.
  • Switchboard (Portland, Ore.): Engagement and giving platform that strengthens alumni and affinity communities by helping their members help one another.

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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