Category Archives: Co-working

BendTECH Coworking Evolves + Tech Talk This Week

The first question people ask when you arrive in Central Oregon is “what do you do?” because it’s somewhat of a coup to figure out how to live in this singularly beautiful, active, and just urban enough town. Bend is well on it’s way to becoming a mecca for independent workers and startups because many of the people who work here, or chose to start their businesses here, could go anywhere.

Now because of BendTECH, we no longer need to languish at home with the dishes in the sink, in a noisy coffee shop, or isolated in boring executive suites. There’s a small army of successful independent professionals in this town, and coworking is an emerging way to have better work/life boundaries and community. You get all the perks of working with people, with the freedom of working on your terms.

BendTECH Construction

BendTECH Prepares for Grand Opening

Construction is wrapping up at 1001 SW Emkay and all offices in our new coworking space are fully booked. We are excited to announce our move-in date of Feb 16, and a grand opening party to be scheduled soon thereafter.

Here’s a snapshot of how the space looks right now – doors to be installed and floors polished in the coming weeks:

In addition to the coworking offices and desks, the space will include Stackhouse Coffee & Bar with a 3000sqft indoor/outdoor cafe area that can be rented for events and large meetings or presentations. We’re really looking forward to moving in, and the public is invited to stop in any time to hang out and enjoy the free wifi in the cafe area.

For more information about the workspace, check out

How to Start a Coworking Space

I've had the privilege to help start 3 coworking spaces in Central Oregon (Bend, Redmond, and Sisters) and it makes sense to reflect on what has worked, in hopes that these lessons learned will help someone else to start a coworking space in their town.

2014 BVC unConference Flyer

New BendTECH CoWorking Space Debuts at the unConference

Do you like free beer, voting on things and pitching your latest business idea? Then we’ve got an event for you. BendTECH is proud to host the 5th Annual Bend Venture unConference Oct 16. Did we mention it’s free?

The highlight of the evening is the pitch competition. It’s an open opportunity for anyone (seriously anyone) to pitch their business and vie for a wildcard spot in the BVC concept stage competition the next day. The unConference attendees will vote to decide which presenter moves on.

In addition to startup awesomeness, we’ll also be celebrating the launch of the new BendTECH coworking space. We hope you’ll join us!

A few details:

– There will be plenty of parking available at the building

– Bring a coat if the weather is cool.. part of the event will be outdoors

Announcing BendTECH @ 1001: A new collaborative workspace for startups

The Tech Alliance of Central Oregon is excited to announce a new, premier co-working space for startups and technology professionals. Formerly Techspace Bend, the new BendTECH facility will add an impressive 3,000sqft indoor/outdoor cafe + bar + event space, bike racks and showers, redundant fibre for best-in-class internet connectivity, tech-related events and worskhops, free beer, and plenty of parking.

Central Oregon Startup Ecosystem

A Map of the Central Oregon Startup Ecosystem

After a few folks pointed out that we lacked a proper guide for how entrepreneurs could get their business concepts funded, I created this infographic to help visualize our ecosystem. We were coming up on the Bend Venture Conference in 2013 and had an exciting array of companies exiting FoundersPad and entering the competition.