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.
Bend Venture Conference winner RFPIO announced a $25M investment from K1 Investment Management today. The announcement was the largest round yet for the young startup, and represented a nice return for BVC investors.
This week, the federal government kicked off an SBIR road tour to promote their ability to invest in small businesses through grants and technology licensing. It started Tuesday in Portland, followed by Seattle, WA Wednesday then wrapping up in Anchorage, AK.
BendTECH is celebrating Pride month with its first Out in Tech event, Wednesday, June 20th. The evening features a panel of LGBTQ+ identifying industry professionals answering questions, discussing their experiences and offering insights about being out in tech, opportunities in the industry and more.
The BendTECH Startup Resource Fair is nearly here. As part of being the primary sponsor, Cooley is offering office hours for startup founders from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 7th (tomorrow) in the BendTECH lounge.