Dealing with complicated healthcare logistics is a very common experience. One third of patients never fill prescriptions and about half don’t take their medicine as prescribed. The cost, convenience of going to the pharmacy, and concerns about side effects often get in the way.
Bart and Ashleigh Mitchell started Goodkid Foods out of sheer necessity: They were tired of feeding their kids crap. Sugary crap to be exact. The parents of two young kids found themselves relying on snack bars that often seemed more than like dessert than a healthy nosh between meals.
If your small business was a pair of shoes, would it be more like hiking boots, loafers or pumps? If your business was a vehicle, would it be an old-fashioned wagon, speed boat or an adorable scooter? The questions may seem far-fetched, but answer a dozen of them using PrestoBox’s Brand Genie tool and you’ll end up with a brand personality, business logo, business card and even website to call your own.
Bend-based PulsedLight’s first product is LIDAR-Lite, a small sensor that makes high performance distance measurements at low cost. If you’ve heard of LIDAR before (it’s short for “light radar,” a method of measuring distance by illuminating a target and analyzing the reflection), it might have been as the robust mapping sensor on the top of Google’s self driving cars that cost as much as the car itself, or as an often used tool at NASA.
If you’ve ever tried running (or yogging) with a child in a stroller, then keep reading. Because this next #50startup company might just blow your mind. Bend-based Kidrunner is aiming to change how people run (and ski and bike and explore) with their kids with its hands-free, pull-style running stroller.
Molly Scofield made a last minute decision to enter the pitch contest at the unConference last month and handily won the wildcard spot at the Bend Venture Conference. Her polished pitch for The Handsel, a mobile app that aims to improve how people buy, sell and swap used goods online, didn’t win the $10,000 concept prize, but it did garner some significant attention from the audience and investors alike.