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.
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.
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.
Please stop what you’re doing so that we can talk about cookies. Specifically, FoundersPad, Bend’s own early-stage venture fund plus mentoring, has made an investment in The No-Bake Cookie Company. FoundersPad is also actively mentoring the company to help speed up its growth and put more cookies into more stores around the country. FYI if you’re ever given a choice between cookies and more cookies, the latter is always the right answer.