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.
Cascade Angels, Bend’s own organized angel fund, has been growing since its inception in 2014, both in the dollars it has to invest and the number of companies in its portfolio. To date the organization has invested $2.7 million into 17 Oregon companies. Most recently, the fund expanded its leadership team to include Robert Pease, who will join the organization’s co-founder Julie Harrelson. They will serve as fund co-managers.
When it comes to raising funds for charity, there are few things more effective than an auction. But when auction items go for less than what their donors hoped—or don’t capture the audience’s attention at all, then everyone misses out.
We survived January aka the month that lasts 10 years. In celebration I wanted to relay to you a story that I found so delightful I wish I could hear it again for the first time. I’ve been thinking—and laughing—about this anecdote that Matt Smith, founder of Tribe Pilot, told me for a few weeks.
If you know a high school girl interested in tech — or you want to support young women in STEM — then heads up: ChickTech is coming to Central Oregon. The national nonprofit is running two weekend-long events for high school students. The first is in Bend on Feb. 2nd and 3rd, and the second in Madras on March 1st and 2nd.
Bend Outdoor Worx, Central Oregon’s accelerator for outdoor product startups, is currently seeking applications for next year’s program. This will be BOW’s fifth cohort, with the program’s alumni including Cairn, Zealios, The Robert Axle Project, Snow Planks and more. Does anyone remember when BOW was just starting out? It seems like just yesterday, and now all these startups are growing up. No, I’m not crying. You’re crying.
With the holidays fast approaching, you may find yourself out shopping for presents. Or maybe you’re already done. In which case, we hate you. Just kidding. For those us still in the throes of holiday shopping, consider gifting some of these fun products from local Bend startups:
You know how we all like cool gadgets. Buy those cool gadgets for loved ones and you’re holiday shopping is dunzo–before it’s even December.