Nearly two dozen entrepreneurs showed up at today’s unConference to pitch their business ideas with the hope of winning the wild card concept stage spot at Friday’s Bend Venture Conference. Molly Scofield, of Bend, emerged the clear victor with her pitch for The Handsel, an app that aims to improve and streamline the experience of buying stuff via Facebook groups.
Scofield, an SVP of global consulting with Global Strategies International (an Olgivy Company), told the crowd that Craigslist is essentially broken. People don’t think it’s safe or even all that convenient. So they’ve moved to Facebook groups to sell, buy and swap things. But the thing is: FB groups aren’t really set up to do that.
Scofield joins five other concept stage companies competing for the $10,000 BendBroadband prize.
The unConference is an annual casual, free beer affair that precedes the BVC. This year it was held in the building, now being renovated, that will house new BendTECH co-working space.
The pitches showcased a variety of ideas in all stages of development. Coffee for a cause. Kiosks in grocery stores that rent/store your reusable bags. Wooden sunglasses. Digital scratch-its (like scratching off a lottery card, but on your computer or phone). An online community for learning how to code, pitched by a 14-year-old. Software for architects designing green buildings. A mental health technology platform.
That’s not even half of them. We love seeing the passion these entrepreneurs have for their ideas, and the guts it takes to pitch them in front of a few hundred people. Congrats to all who participated.
The fun continues tomorrow …
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