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 Bend Fall Festival is considering having a section of booths dedicated to local startups. Jim Kone, who is organizing the Bend Business Showcase portion of the festival, reached out to see if we knew of any interested startups. He has room for eight, and he’d offer the booths to startup founders for $150 for the weekend, which is Oct. 7th and 8th.
We all know that finding small office space in Bend is like finding a magical unicorn in your backyard or a parking space downtown during the summer. It’s a challenge. So here’s some good news on the office space front: Real Time Research is subletting a small office in its building, which is directly across from BendTECH and the 1001 Tech Center (and Thump, where I spend all my money).
Yesterday we announced that Ignite TAO is presenting 11 tech talks at an event later this month. Some of you noticed that of the 11 speakers, only two are women. As one StartupBend reader and growth strategist/public speaker Kristin Luck put it in a tweet, that’s “not awesome.”
The Technology Association of Oregon has whipped up a fun little event that everyone should go to on Aug. 17. Side note: It’s right before the end of times — also known as the eclipse — and it might be the last time you can get out of your house for days. Anyways, Ignite: TAO is a fun-filled evening featuring 11 speakers, each with five minutes to give a talk on a tech-related topic.
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.
Bright.md — a Portland startup with Bend connections — announced today that it closed an $8 million Series B funding road. The round was led by B Capital Group, and included additional investment from Seven Peaks Ventures.
Remember how much fun the Bend Venture Conference was last year? Remember when they rolled out the social impact track? Or when they just kept handing out giant checks for a total of $4 million and everyone was just crying and cheering? That was fun. Guess what? It’s happening again and if you’re a startup founder who wants to be on the stage, then the time to apply is now.