As we blogged here back in July, last year’s BVC concept stage winner and aquaponics startup Volcano Veggies was in the running for the Wells Fargo Works Project. On the line was $26,000 in cash and mentorship from Wells Fargo advisors, catered to the winning company’s business needs.


Volcano Veggies prevailed as one of the five grand-prize winners, out of 4200 entries. “Wells Fargo would like to congratulate Volcano Veggies LLC on being named a grand prize winner,” says Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo’s Oregon regional president. “We were thrilled to again engage business owners across the country through the contest, and we enjoyed hearing their inspirational stories of entrepreneurship. Working with small business owners is one of the most important things that we do, and we are committed to helping them create a path for long-term financial success through a wide range of tools and resources.”

The startup is expanding to a larger space in downtown Bend this fall, adding more modules and products. Bendites will soon be able to join their new year-round CSA subscription with expanded options including spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, micro greens, and they’re gearing up to offer super clean and sustainable fish in the near future.


Co-Founder Shannon Sbarra says, “It’s such a huge honor to be selected for this nationwide award. Thank you to everyone who voted for Volcano Veggies!”

Tierney O'Dea

Tierney O’Dea is a writer and media consultant. She started her career at NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and worked in various forms of media for national organizations including Scholastic, Yahoo, and NASA. She also served as an executive for two startups, and Medic Mobile, and as a mentor for entrepreneurs in Austin, TX. In her free time, she enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, photography, and astronomy.
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