Check Out the First Annual BendTECH Startup Resource Fair

As a startup founder — or founder in the making — you have limited time. But what if you could connect with all the resources you need to start or grow your business, in one place? You can at the BendTECH’s first Startup Resource Fair, May 24th at the 1001 Tech Center.

What is it?

This fun-filled event puts all the resources you need to start or grow a business in one location. The fair features two dozen exhibitors, including:

  • Venture Capital, Angel Funds and Banks
  • Business/Founder Mentor Groups
  • Small Business Assistance Programs
  • Core Professional Services
  • Educational Organizations and Resources

For a full exhibitor list, see below.

Why do I need to go? 

You can conveniently connect with all of the best entrepreneurial resources that Central Oregon has to offer — all in one place, at one time.

What will happen at the fair? 

Basically tons of awesomeness. Each exhibitor will have a table, and attendees can walk the fair, meet and chat with each of them. In addition, the event will include:

Bend Startup Launches Kickstarter for the M.C. Hammie, a Reinvented Hammock

Wildish co-founders Rick Lee and Adam Allen have reimagined something that’s already good — a hammock! — and made it even better. The pair debuted the M.C. Hammie on Kickstarter last week, and they’ve raised more than $8,200 of their $15,000 goal already.

The founders plans to use the money to manufacture the M.C. Hammie. But first, what is it exaclty? It’s a three-in-one hammock, shelter and blanket. Up to eight of your very best friends can lounge on this thing when it’s spread out on the ground. Then, it pops into a little shelter and you can hop inside, or string it between two trees and ta dah — a hammock.

Rick and Adam started their company last year with another gear reinvention that they call Mr. Big Stuff (props for creative product names). That is basically a gigantic beach blanket that packs down into a teeny tiny pouch for travel. The duo sold 500 of the blankets in their first month.

Headed to Bend? 50% Off Locals Compass Travel Itineraries for StartupBend Readers

Memorial Day is fast approaching, and what better way to kick-off the unofficial start of the summer season than with a travel itinerary from Bend-based startup Locals Compass?

We are teaming up with Locals Compass, a travel marketplace that connects travelers with locals for personalized travel itineraries, to offer special discounts for StartupBend readers. Simply enter the discount code startupbend at checkout to receive 50% off your itinerary purchase.

Locals Compass is also offering free itineraries for three lucky winners! If you want your chance at a free two-day personalized travel itinerary, all you’ll need to do sign up for the Locals Compass newsletter here.

Whether you live in Bend and need help planning your weekend, have friends or family visiting this Summer, or don’t live in Bend but will be making your way here soon, a personalized travel itinerary is a great way to maximize your time and navigate Bend from a local’s point of view. The Locals are experts in outdoor, adventure and family travel, and can design an itinerary based on your interests, travel style and even food restrictions!

Bend Declares First Innovation District (We’re in it! Woohoo!)

The City of Bend has named the area between OSU-Cascades Graduate and Research Center and the main OSU-Cascades campus the “Innovation District.” That area happens to include the 1001 Tech Center, all the companies and organizations inside including BendTECH, StartupBend, FiveTalent, Kollective, Seven Peaks Ventures, Pneuma33 and many more.

Preston Callicott, Five Talent’s CEO told KTVZ that the moniker helps highlight existing companies and entrepreneurial efforts, as well as attract new ones.

“We’re already innovative,” Callicott said. “This is not something we’re bringing in as a concept. We’re proving that we’ve been innovative since the pioneer days.”

The spirit behind the district is to give people the opportunity to experiment and try new things, whether you’re starting a business or working in government

3 Keys to Becoming a Successful Biz and Community Leader From Dr. Peter Yonan #Julieselfie

Julie Harrelson, CEO of the Harrelson Group, Fund Manager of Cascade Angels, has a beloved penchant for taking selfies with entrepreneurs, investors and people of Oregon who support building a strong Oregon through entrepreneurialism. This blog continues a series of selfies + blogs about the amazing people she’s met in the last couple of years. #julieselfie

I first met Dr. Peter Yonan at a Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend event.  His civic engagement is a great benefit to Bend. Professional services providers such as dentists and other health care providers, attorneys, CPAs and other small business providers are a key part of what makes our community a great place to live, work and invest. We recently caught up for a conversation about moving, being seasick and how being driven by a vision for a better world creates success.

The Future is Finally Here: Uber Launches in Bend on Thursday

Many Bendites have been anxiously waiting for a ride sharing service to come to Bend, and this week those big city dreams are coming true. Uber officially launches in Bend on Thursday. As one friend joked on Facebook: Welcome to 2009! The car service kicks off its Central Oregon debut with a ceremonial ride on Wednesday.

The Bend Chamber reports that new local Uber driver, Betsy Littlefield, will give a ceremonial ride to Casey Roats and George Endicott, the mayors of Bend and Redmond, respectively. That ride starts and ends at Deschutes Brewery this afternoon, according to the Chamber. Then on Thursday, the service is open for anyone who needs a ride.

Because Bendites tend to take things to the next level, we’re curious to see how the town will put Uber to good use. There will definitely be the expected convenience of getting rides home from downtown after a fun night out or a lift to the airport. But other ideas that pop to mind: Getting an Uber to pick you up and take you back your car or house after a river float, using an Uber to shuttle you out Century so that you can ride the trails downhill back into town, taking an Uber to Mt. Bachelor so that you don’t have to park.

Tend.ai Co-Founders Discuss Industry 4.0 @ Next Tech Talk

Next week’s TAO Tech Talk will feature a presentation on Industry 4.0 from two of the founders of Tend.ai. Robert Kieffer, the company’s CTO, and James Gentes, Tend’s Chief Product Officer (and co-founder of StartupBend) plan to discus the incoming wave of automation and how Tend is creating an OS to power the next generation of robots.

Pretty cool stuff. We’ll be there. You should too. The event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9 at Thump Coffee inside of the Tech Center. Register before you go.


This is not Industry 4.0, but it is a robot dance party.
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Here’s a bit more about Robert and James:

ROBERT KIEFFER, CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

As CTO, Robert is tasked with weaving together the worlds of robotic automation, cloud infrastructure, and modern web development.  His career spans three decades as software engineer and architect in aerospace, academia, and the private sector.  Tend is Robert’s fifth startup (fourth as cofounder), with previous startups resulting in acquisitions by Sun Microsystems, AOL, and most recently, Facebook.