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.
The last batch of finalists for the Bend Venture Conference was just announced. Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) revealed the four companies that will be competing in the social impact competition, which includes for-profit companies whose business models are integrated with a social or environmental mission. Last year, companies in the Social Impact category won prizes ranging from $50,000 to $100,000.
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-based InvestiPro announced today that it’s closed a seed round of funding from Cascade Angels. Founded by Dana Barbato, the startup provides a cloud-based platform that automates workplace investigations.
From Cascade Angels: “We loved the creativity of this entry, which was presented in the form of a pitch deck. (And, who doesn’t love a good pitch deck?) Well played, Taylor.”
The wind-up to Bend Venture Conference has begun, with EDCO today announcing the top 10 semi-finalists for the growth stage competition. You might have surmised that we’re fans of Bend startups — so we’re pumped to see the list include two companies from right here in smokey Central Oregon.
I read the name of Pam Stevenson’s upcoming workshop,”Power Pitching to Investors” and I felt like I wanted to high five someone. Maybe that someone is you. That’s because if you’re fundraising, you want to learn how to POWER PITCH.