So Teri approached me and asked if I would help develop a equity, diversity and leadership workshop series targeted at startups and small businesses that would offer practical knowledge on these topics at an affordable price? As the former principal research director for Microsoft, I focused on diversity and specifically bring more underrepresented groups into computing, so this was in my wheelhouse. I opened the Ranemaker Institute and began developing the TAO workshop series, researching, and working with the City of Bend and the Bend Chamber on how we could better support our City’s equity needs.
Do you have an outdoor industry related startup? Are you looking for investment? Our friends at Bend Outdoor Worx are now taking applications for the 2018 BreakOut (which was previously known as Venture Out). The event features early and growth stage outdoor startups pitching their ideas and companies for the opportunity to win various awards and investments.
One of the best things – perhaps maybe the best thing – about Bend’s startup culture is how willing people are to donate their time, advice, contacts, resources and more. When my husband and I first moved here, we noticed this right away—you would email someone to ask a question, and they’d happily meet for coffee, give you their time, and connect you with another helpful person.
You know there are some events you look forward to all year? The Startup Resource Fair should be one of them. The second annual SuRF, presented by BendTECH Coworking, is scheduled for scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at the 1001 Tech Center. This informative and fun event puts all the resources you need to start or grow a business in one location.
Sometimes someone gets a crazy idea and then that crazy idea becomes the coolest thing ever. That’s the case with the upcoming One Tech Meetup to Rule Them All, presented by the Technology Association of Oregon and hosted by BendTECH. The idea came out of a discussion about how to connect all of the growing tech meetups, find their overlaps and share some resources. The result is a BIG meetup scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 7th.
The EDCO PubTalk this Thursday features three startup founders who all happen to be BendTECH coworking members, and an angel funding group focused on sports products and services. If you’re not going you should. I’ll be there in the front row, possibly ringing a cowbell (I WON’T, BUT I’LL BE RINGING ONE IN MY HEART) because I’m such a fan of these founders. So who are they? Here’s the lineup, courtesy of the EDCO news release:
Tend.ai, a Bend-based robotics software startup, has pivoted from the original premise of the company to focus on predictive maintenance for industrial manufacturing, says CEO and co-founder James Gentes.
A team of students led by Adam Krynicki, executive director of the OSU-Cascades Innovation Co-Lab, has created a comprehensive list of the resources available for Oregon startups.