The Bend Venture Conference and the Bend Outdoor Worx conferences are coming up — and the news about the startups participating in these pitch contests has been coming fast and furious too.
Were you dying of suspense? I was. To recap: Earlier this month, Cascade Angels sponsored a fun contest to give away a BVC ticket. The Bend-based angel fund asked applicants to provide short answers to three questions, and the winner gets a ticket to the Bend Venture Conference.
Just this week, my office mate devoted multiple emails and two frustrated phone calls to an unsuccessful attempt to cancel a subscription box. The process was hard to navigate, and ultimately left her infuriated and not only unlikely to recommend the company, but also probably apt to actively campaign against it.
The BendTECH unConference is back for its 9th year, bigger and better than ever. The unConference, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16th, is a fun-loving, crowd-pleasing, startup-celebrating pitch fest. Entrepreneurs line up to snag one of the first-come, first-serve pitch spots and then compete on stage to win cash awards. Winners are determined by audience vote.
The Bend Chamber of Commerce is organizing the first-ever Bend Young Professional Summit, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29th. The summit gives professionals ages 21 through 40 the opportunity to network, share ideas and get involved with the community.
EDCO today announced the 10 early stage companies that will be pitching at next week’s PubTalk in hopes of landing a spot in the Bend Venture Conference and a chance to win a $20,000 investment from the Portland Seed Fund.
Bend-based Seven Peaks Ventures announced today that it’s launching its second fund, which aims to funnel $28 million in venture funding toward early stage tech startups in the PNW and rest of the west. The firm launched in 2013 with the goal of helping to fill the regional capital gap facing PNW, and particularly, Oregon-based startups. The first fund, which totaled $7.5 million, invested in multiple Oregon startups, including Bend-based Manzama, and Portland-based CrowdStreet and Bright.md.
The Technology Association of Oregon will host its annual tech tour in Bend on Monday, Sept. 17. The unique events offers job hunters, tech enthusiasts and students the chance to tour several of Central Oregon’s tech companies, see what they’re working on, and network with potential employers. The Bend event is part of a statewide week of tech tours, with TAO hosting similar events in Portland, Eugene, Vancouver, and Hood River.