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.
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.
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.
The Technology Association of Oregon is launching its Diversity & Leadership Series next week. The series to help employers, business leaders, startups and students understand the actions they can take to create diverse and inclusive business places. The impressive series of 10 workshops starts on Tuesday, March 27 with a seminar on Unconscious Biases, Stereotype Threat and Microaggressions. You can attend classes one by one (they’re $20 to $40 a session) or register for the whole series–the courses are open to the public.
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.