The StartupBend inbox has been overflowing with all sorts of interesting tidbits so we decided to round them all up into one delicious soup of news. Who wants news soup? Sorry no soup for you. Just kidding. Spend a few minutes getting caught up and penciling things into your calendar.
Our startup community keeps on growing, and that’s especially exciting when that growth translates to more resources for early stage entrepreneurs. OSU-Cascades launched its Innovation Co-Lab incubator last week. The Co-Lab will provide coworking space and coaching for startups.
For the third year, I’ve been lucky enough to help facilitate one of the community salon discussions for the upcoming Muse Women’s Conference. This year we are talking with women who have reinvented themselves — how they did it, their challenges and the unexpected outcomes.
If you like people, entrepreneurship, tech and tacos — not necessarily in that order — then we may have a job for you. BendTECH is hiring a new community and operations manager. Here is the listing. Please forward along to anyone who think may be a good fit.
We didn’t want the week to end without acknowledging the cool work that OSU Cascades CS Instructor Yong Bakos and his band of creative-thinking CS students did last weekend. Yong organized a hackathon Saturday aimed at finding a way to help the nonprofit Guardian Group more efficiently fight online sex trafficking.
We can safely say that 2017 was the Year of the Entrepreneur in Bend. According to a report from EagerLaw PC, there was one new business registration in Bend for every 28 residents last year. That gave Bend more registered businesses per capita (for cities larger than 30,000) than anywhere else in the state.
You might have seen Bend’s Matthew Gregory pitch his idea for a blockchain-based startup that creates a registry for IoT devices during the runup to the Bend Venture Conference. Well, while the rest of us have been reading Buzzfeed and eating Christmas cookies (OK just me), Matt has been readying to launch his startup, Ockam.
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.