Opportunity Knocks is organizing a one-day leadership seminar taught by Rod Ray, former CEO of Bend Research. Rod helped build and grow Bend Research before it was acquired by Capsugel in 2013 (Capsugel was later acquired by Lonza).
The Bend Venture Conference happened for the 15th year in a row. To be sure, at this point the event happens – it’s a thing – and yet I find myself always somewhat amazed that so many investors, entrepreneurs, and startup supporters come to Bend, millions of dollars are doled out to promising companies, and respected keynote speakers have inspiring conversations on stage.
By Sean Leslie
Founder, Cascade Cadence
Were you dying of suspense? I was. To recap: Earlier this month, Cascade Angels sponsored a fun contest to give away a BVC ticket. The Bend-based angel fund asked applicants to provide short answers to three questions, and the winner gets a ticket to the Bend Venture Conference.
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.
EDCO today announced the 10 early stage companies that will be pitching at next week’s PubTalk in hopes of landing a spot in the Bend Venture Conference and a chance to win a $20,000 investment from the Portland Seed Fund.
Bend-based Seven Peaks Ventures announced today that it’s launching its second fund, which aims to funnel $28 million in venture funding toward early stage tech startups in the PNW and rest of the west. The firm launched in 2013 with the goal of helping to fill the regional capital gap facing PNW, and particularly, Oregon-based startups. The first fund, which totaled $7.5 million, invested in multiple Oregon startups, including Bend-based Manzama, and Portland-based CrowdStreet and Bright.md.
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.