The BendTECH unConference is back for its 9th year, bigger and better than ever. The unConference, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16th, is a fun-loving, crowd-pleasing, startup-celebrating pitch fest. Entrepreneurs line up to snag one of the first-come, first-serve pitch spots and then compete on stage to win cash awards. Winners are determined by audience vote.
The Bend Chamber of Commerce is organizing the first-ever Bend Young Professional Summit, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29th. The summit gives professionals ages 21 through 40 the opportunity to network, share ideas and get involved with the community.
If you’re looking for something interesting to do Thursday evening, check out a new Bend startup that is combining an innovation on candles with a social mission. LuDela is hosting a meet-and-greet happy hour Thursday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tech Center Thump followed by product demos and a slideshow.
This week, the federal government kicked off an SBIR road tour to promote their ability to invest in small businesses through grants and technology licensing. It started Tuesday in Portland, followed by Seattle, WA Wednesday then wrapping up in Anchorage, AK.
BendTECH is celebrating Pride month with its first Out in Tech event, Wednesday, June 20th. The evening features a panel of LGBTQ+ identifying industry professionals answering questions, discussing their experiences and offering insights about being out in tech, opportunities in the industry and more.
Our startup ecosystem continues to grow–and the newest addition is an exciting one. Talena Barker and Christine Callahan recently launched BendX Bootcamp, a program aimed at helping women entrepreneurs transform their ideas for a company into reality. The program is accepting applications through July 15 and the first cohort will start in September. We caught up with Talena recently to learn more about BendX. You can also catch her in person at Thursday’s BendTECH Startup Resource Fair.
The second annual BendTECH Startup Resource Fair is coming up quick. Scheduled for Thursday, June 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the fair features 32 organizations and businesses who want to help YOU get your startup launched and growing. Right now, try to name 32 local and state resources that entrepreneurs can reach out to …. can you do it? There’s that many and way more.