The end of this year’s Bend Venture Conference looked a lot like last year—lots of big checks, surprises, cheers and even a few happy tears. Between equity investments, cash awards and revenue-financing, the region’s largest angel conference doled out $1.65 million in funds after one-and-a-half days of founder pitches.
Lots happened at the BendTECH unConference Tuesday afternoon: A line of founders camped out to snag pitch spots, 18 people pitched their best business ideas, the crowd cheered and laughed, and some founders won cash and prizes. There was also a row of people making it rain on the winners. Good times.
Calling all entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts and people who like interesting things: Next week is your week. There’s a lot going on, and we wanted to offer some tips for not just surviving–but straight-up THRIVING–during the funnest week of the year. Pull out your calendar, because we’re digging in.
People: We’re a week out from the BendTECH unConference and I wanted to make sure you all are aware of some of the new additions and changes to this year’s event, which is a fun and fast pitchfest for entrepreneurs and startup founders. First and foremost, thanks to our amazing sponsors — Kollective, City of Bend, Associated Technologies Council and 1001 Tech Space — we are offering cash and other prizes to the winning pitches.
The future of Bend is a topic that’s always ripe for discussion. How much will the city grow? What will that growth look like? Who will drive it? Will it make the city better or impact the things we love? The Bend Chamber of Commerce will tackle these issues in more in a unique What’s Brewing event scheduled for Tuesday (tomorrow) at 5 p.m. at the Tower Theater.
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.
So last night was EDCO PubTalk, and the 10 semifinalists for the early stage Bend Venture Conference competition pitched their business ideas. There was a delightful range of companies, with founders talking about everything from babysitter services to instant coffee to trip planning apps to blockchain-based tech.