Well that was fun. Ten startups pitched their business ideas to a packed EDCO PubTalk at McMenamins tonight. The crowd weighed in and now five will present in the early stage competition at the upcoming Bend Venture Conference. They’re vying for a $15,000 prize donated by BendBroadband ($5k more than last year).

Vote early. Vote often.
Voting + Beer. 

The finalists are:

  • Airfit
    Placing gym and shower facilities in airports, located behind security, so passengers can board their next flight feeling happy, healthy and productive.
  • Outdoor Logic – Solutions
    Developing products that make participating in outdoor activities easier, including the development of a prototype-ready ski and snowboard boot remover called the DeBooter.
  • QuakeWarn
    Earthquake Early Warning System that sends alerts via SMS/push notification when shaking is detected at coastal monitoring sites.
  • Radventure
    A peer-to-peer marketplace that helps frustrated outdoor adventure travelers explore a destination authentically, like a local.
  • SnoPlanks
    Manufactures high-end bamboo snowboards specifically geared toward powder and big mountain riding. Made by hand in Bend.
SnoPlanks founders talking about their handmade skis and boards.
SnoPlanks founders talking about their handmade skis and boards.
PubTalk emcee Julie Harrelson getting "debooted."
PubTalk emcee Julie Harrelson getting “debooted.”

Our hats off to all 10 of the startups that presented. It’s not easy to get in front of 350 people and pitch your idea. You got guts! If you have a biz idea that you didn’t pitch tonight and want to try for a wildcard spot on the BVC main stage, attend the unConference, Thursday 10/15.

The unConference features an informal, fun pitchfest. The audience votes. And the winner gets to present at BVC the following day. And there’s beer. Hope to see you there. Also if you haven’t bought your BVC tickets, you probably should. They’re going fast, and EDCO anticipates they’ll sell out before the event.

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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