2019 Companies Vying to Present on the BVC Stage


BEND, OR – September 6, 2019 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the first round of companies to advance in the Growth, Impact and Early Stage Categories for the 16th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) to be held Thursday, October 17 – Friday, October 18, 2019.

The below companies are one step closer to presenting on the historic Tower Theatre stage in Downtown Bend. Last year, companies in the Growth Stage category won prizes ranging from $100,000 to $500,000, while the Impact Category winner walked away with $100,000. The Early Stage winner could walk away with a $25,000 investment, courtesy of Portland Seed Fund.

In alphabetical order, the 20 Growth Stage companies competing to make it through to the next round of cuts are:

  1. Belmont (Portland, OR.)
  2. Broken Top Candle Company (Bend, OR)
  3. Cadee Distillery Inc (Seattle, WA)
  4. Candid Wholesale (Portland, OR)
  5. Célage Bioscience, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA)
  6. ClearOPS, Inc. (New York, NY)
  7. Curadite (Portland, OR)
  8. DataDx (Lake Oswego, OR)
  9. Joule Case (Seattle, WA)
  10. Litesprite (Bellevue, WA)
  11. Loopie (Seattle, WA)
  12. New Leaf Precision Ag (Portland, OR)
  13. Observa (Seattle, WA)
  14. Quantek Systems (Bend, OR)
  15. Rupie (Bend, OR)
  16. SendSmart (Portland, OR)
  17. ThingLogix (Belmont, CA)
  18. TrovaTrip (Portland, OR)
  19. Twofold (Portland, OR)
  20. Walker Tracker (Portland, OR)


In alphabetical order, the 14 Impact Stage companies competing to make it through to the next round of cuts are:

  1. Beta Hatch (Seattle, WA)
  2. BrainChild Technologies (Bend, OR)
  3. Chargeway (Portland, OR)
  4. De Las Mías (Portland, OR)
  5. DRIMS, Inc. (Missoula, MT)
  6. Goodwell Co. (Portland, OR)
  7. Hempress Hygienics (Corvallis, OR)
  8. MaskIT (Ashland, OR)
  9. Meli Wraps (Bend, OR)
  10. Riff Cold Brewed (Bend, OR)
  11. Sana Packaging (Denver, CO)
  12. Sironix Renewables (Seattle, WA)
  13. Terra Frma (Bend, OR)
  14. ThisFish (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


In alphabetical order, the 18 Early Stage companies competing to make it through to the next round of cuts are:

  1. Analog Biometric Technologies (Portland, OR)
  2. Automaton (Seattle, WA)
  3. Barcast (Portland, OR)
  4. eCode.me (Bend, OR)
  5. FleetNurse Inc. (Eugene, OR)
  6. Hair Hustlers (Portland, OR)
  7. Honistly (Portland, OR)
  8. Lisi Global, Inc. (Richland, WA)
  9. Planet Nine (Portland, OR)
  10. qChange (Vancouver, WA)
  11. Referit Wellness, Inc. (Bend, OR)
  12. Rente (Redding, CA)
  13. Shift (Bend, OR)
  14. Speak Technologies (Portland, OR)
  15. Steamchain Corp (Salem, OR)
  16. TerrAmor (Corvallis, OR)
  17. Wisedoc, Inc. (Corvallis, OR)
  18. XS Spaces (Portland, OR)

Hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), this year’s BVC will once again feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Early Stage and Impact, bringing together over 600 entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders to Bend, Oregon.

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the 16th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in its 16th year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past five years, more than $10 million has been invested in 38 companies as a result of the conference. This year, over 600 entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders are expected to attend the multi-day conference on October 17-18, in Bend, Oregon. bendvc.com

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. edcoinfo.com


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