While most of us think about self-driving cars as something we might acquire in the far-off future, Mark Silliman, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Tend.ai, has been driving (riding?) one around town for the past couple of months.
Bend’s own Rita Hansen, head of OnBoard Dynamics, has been selected to be part of a delegation of U.S. entrepreneurs, investors and more headed to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the end of this month. The eighth annual summit with take place in Hyderabad, India, and highlight the theme Women First, Prosperity for All–focusing on supporting women entrepreneurs and economic growth.
If you are a woman founder in the midst of fundraising–or an aspiring entrepreneur who may fundraise in the future–then we’ve got a cool event for you. The Technology Association of Oregon, BendTECH, Oregon BEST and this very blog are teaming up to host an evening talking about funding opportunities, challenges and resources available to startup women.
The end of this year’s Bend Venture Conference looked a lot like last year—lots of big checks, surprises, cheers and even a few happy tears. Between equity investments, cash awards and revenue-financing, the region’s largest angel conference doled out $1.65 million in funds after one-and-a-half days of founder pitches.
The BEST thing about this town is it’s generous and kind community, and we in particular love our coworkers at BendTECH. That’s why it’s been an especially hard week, watching BendTECH’s own manager Jessica Hutchison, a native of Sonoma County, grapple with the news of the fires ravaging her hometown.
People: We’re a week out from the BendTECH unConference and I wanted to make sure you all are aware of some of the new additions and changes to this year’s event, which is a fun and fast pitchfest for entrepreneurs and startup founders. First and foremost, thanks to our amazing sponsors — Kollective, City of Bend, Associated Technologies Council and 1001 Tech Space — we are offering cash and other prizes to the winning pitches.
The future of Bend is a topic that’s always ripe for discussion. How much will the city grow? What will that growth look like? Who will drive it? Will it make the city better or impact the things we love? The Bend Chamber of Commerce will tackle these issues in more in a unique What’s Brewing event scheduled for Tuesday (tomorrow) at 5 p.m. at the Tower Theater.
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