Want to win the wild card, early stage spot at the Bend Venture Conference and a chance to compete for $15,000 early stage prize? Want to drink free beer, listen to awesome ideas and cheer on general entrepreneurness?

Then you better come to the seventh annual unConference, scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. This year we’re keeping the un — that is a casual, fun, low-tech pitch fest, no powerpoints, no lengthy presentations, no stress — and adding more fun.

The event will be at the Capitol in downtown Bend. All are welcome. It’s organized by the Tech Alliance of Central Oregon and this blog, and sponsored by BendBroadband. Startup founders can sign up to pitch as soon as the door opens. We have 15 slots and they are first come, first serve.

We’ll listen. We’ll cheer and ring cowbells (thanks to Bendbroadband we nearly 100 to give away) in support of good ideas. The audience will vote. And the winner will pitch his or her startup as part of the early stage competition at the BVC Friday, Oct. 14. Please see the rules for who is eligible to win below. 

For those headed to the Venture Out Festival Wednesday evening, we plan to wrap up by 4:30. So take a break from your desk and come unConference with us. See you there!



When: Wednesday, Oct. 12
Where: The Capitol
190 NW Oregon Ave (Downtown Bend)
Doors open at 2 p.m.
Pitches start at 2:30 p.m.

Winner announced at 4:20 p.m.
Event is free

Startup info
Any startup can sign up to pitch. But to win the chance to present on the BVC stage, you must:

  • Be based in Central Oregon.
  • Not have presented the same startup concept on the BVC stage before.
Sign ups to pitch are first come, first serve.You can sign up beginning at 2 p.m.
There are 15 spots
Pitches are 3 minutes, with time for one or two questions.
Tech Alliance of Central Oregon (TACO)
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