By Sean Leslie
Founder, Cascade Cadence
By Sean Leslie
This week Bend startups are just doing their thing, which is apparently winning money. It was the same story, different venue Wednesday night at the Bend Outdoor Worx Venture Out Festival, the first venture conference dedicated to outdoor companies.
Bend Outdoor Worx has announced the finalists for its second annual Venture Out Festival, a funding event focused solely on the outdoor industry. It’s happening right here on October 18th, at the Tower Theater in downtown Bend.
Bend Outdoor Worx announced four different funding awards for its upcoming Venture Out Conference, scheduled for Oct. 18th at the Tower Theater in Bend. The conference debuted last year as the first and only funding event for the outdoor industry.
The Venture Out Festival is accepting applications from outdoor startups through the end of this month. So if you’re looking for cash prizes, investment or simply a chance to get the word out to an enthusiastic crowd of outdoorsy people, then you best apply. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18.
The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market kicks off today in SLC and there’s a slew of Bend outdoor companies exhibiting, as well as many more attending the show. EDCO has also sent a team (they do every year) to let people know that Central Oregon is great place to start and grow outdoor companies.
Remember when we reported that new Bend startup Tribe Pilot had been selected as one of three early stage companies to pitch at the OUTFOUND festival in Hood River last weekend? They won. Matt Smith, the company’s founder, snagged the popular vote for his early-stage startup, a social app that helps plan group adventures.
Hood River will be hosting an adventure sports and outdoor innovation festival next week, and a host of Bend speakers, startups and business leaders are participating. The inaugural OUTFOUND Series, slated for June 9 through June 11, combines an outdoor business expo and startup competition with social and recreational activities. According to the news release: