ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE 18TH ANNUAL BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE
BEND, Ore. – October 22, 2021 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) hosted the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) from Downtown Bend. Fourteen companies presented on the Tower Theatre stage to a hybrid audience and seven companies were awarded with a total of $550,000 in investments and cash.
This August, companies from across the U.S. applied to the conference looking for investment and exposure. These companies represent some of the best in innovation across multiple industries.
This year’s award breakdown is as follows:
The Growth Stage Competition, for companies that have a proven concept and initial revenues, had three winners.
*The investment arm of the conference, BVC, LLC, awarded the Growth Stage investments following considerable due diligence of each of the five presenting finalists. Investments and follow-on deals are still being finalized.
The Impact Competition, for-profit companies with an integrated social or environmental mission, had two winners, awarded by the BVC Impact LLC.
*The Impact investment arm of the conference awarded an investment following considerable due diligence of each of the four presenting finalists. Investments and follow-on deals are still being finalized.
The Early Stage Competition included companies that are pre-revenue (or very early) and are in the process of testing their product in the market. The two winning Early Stage companies are: