Do you have a startup that could benefit from a little investment? Or perhaps a big investment? Well you have to apply for the Bend Venture Conference, the state’s largest angel conference, by Friday, Aug. 14. The conference is scheduled for Oct. 16.



Last year’s participating startups received more than $1 million in investments and awards. And we wrote about many of them on this very blog. Win-win people. Win-win.

The BVC is looking for both early and growth stage companies. Here’s the process going forward for both:

Early stage application process

  • Apply to present at the BVC. 
  • Upstart Day. UpStart Day is a fast-paced review of Early Stage company contenders, with feedback provided from a professional panel.  The strongest Early Stage Companies will become eligible to present at the September 24th PubTalk.
  • PubTalk Competition. On September 24th Central Oregon PubTalk hosts a pitch competition to narrow down the Early Stage companies selected from Upstart Day. From that field, five Early Stage companies are chosen to go on to BVC by the PubTalk attendees.  At the conference on October 16th, the finalists have three minutes to pitch. The winner of the grant, sponsored by BendBroadband, is once again selected by audience vote.

Growth stage application process

  • Apply to present at the BVC.
  • Screening for finalists. Once all applications are received in Gust, BVC investors select five Growth Stage companies deemed to have the most feasible and compelling business plans.
  • Due diligence of finalists. After the five Growth Stage companies are notified of their selection to present, volunteers and investors from the BVC, LLC begin a comprehensive due diligence review that is completed during the six weeks leading up to the conference.  Investor leads will host a series of interviews and meetings with each company and report back strengths and weaknesses to the larger investing committee.  At the conference on October 16th, each Growth Stage company has ten minutes to present to the audience, followed by Q&A.

Here’s more info. Go get ’em!

Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of, 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, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at or

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