EDCO ANNOUNCES THE SEMI-FINALISTS IN GROWTH AND IMPACT CATEGORIES ADVANCING TO THE NEXT STAGE FOR THE 2018 BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE BEND, Ore. – September 13, 2018 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the semi-finalist companies to advance in the Growth and Impact Categories for the 15th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) to be […]

EDCO Announces Keynote Speakers for 2018 BVC

2018 Keynote Speakers

THE 15TH ANNUAL BVC TICKETS ON SALE; KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED featuring BLOOMBERG’S EMILY CHANG, INDIEGOGO’S BREANNA DIGIAMMARINO BEND, OR (August 23, 2018) – The Bend Venture Conference (BVC), one of the most prestigious entrepreneur events in the Pacific Northwest, has announced two keynote speakers for the fall conference: Bloomberg Technology host and best-selling author Emily […]

2014 BVC Winner CrowdStreet Closes Series B Funding Round

2014 BVC Winner CrowdStreet Closes $8 Million Series B Funding Round Bend, Ore., August 2, 2018 – On Tuesday, the 2014 Bend Venture Conference Seven Peaks investment winner, CrowdStreet, announced the completion of their $8 million Series B Funding Round. Existing investors Seven Peaks Ventures, along with Grotech Ventures, Rally Ventures, and Green Visor Capital headed […]

2016 BVC Winner RFPIO Receives $25 Million Investment


2016 BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE (BVC) WINNER RFPIO PROVIDES BVC INVESTORS WITH SECOND EXIT IN ONE MONTH To Date, the Fastest Exit for a BVC Company, at Approximately 18 Months BEND, Ore. – July 24, 2018 – On Tuesday, 2016 Bend Venture Conference (BVC) winner RFPIO announced a $25 million investment from K1 Investment Management LLC, […]

BVC Returns October 18-19, 2018

2017 Bend Venture Conference Winners, LeadMethod

THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE RETURNS OCTOBER 18-19, 2018 CONFERENCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW COMPANY APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW THRU AUGUST 8TH BEND, OR (July 11, 2017) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will again host the annual two-day Bend Venture Conference (BVC), now in its 15th year, on Thursday, October 18 – Friday, October 19, […]

2008 Bend Venture Conference Winner Jama Software Receives $200 Million In Additional Funding

BVC Jama Software

To Date, One of the Biggest Investment Rounds for a Portland Company 2008 BVC, LLC Accepts Offer to Exit BEND, Ore. – June 28, 2018 – On Tuesday, 2008 Bend Venture Conference (BVC) winner Jama Software announced a $200 million growth equity investment, the largest venture financing deal in the Pacific Northwest over the past […]

Past BVC winner Jama Software acquires Portland analytics company Notion

Past Bend Venture Conference winner Jama Software has acquired Notion, a Portland-based analytics company. The entire Notion team will join Jama’s 150 employee team to expand its analytic capabilities. Notion uses multiple data sources to understand business information and team metrics. […] Turning business information into actionable data is tricky, and this is where Notion excels. […]

What’s Next for LeadMethod After BVC Win?

At the 2017 Bend Venture Conference (BVC) just a few weeks ago, LeadMethod, a lead management software platform, received almost $500,000 in investment. We talked with LeadMethod CEO, Justin Johnson, to find out how the funds will be used to continue to grow the company (hint: more staff, bigger office, fast growth) and also got […]

The Bend Venture Conference Awards $1.65 Million To Eight Companies

THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE AWARDS OVER $7,600,000 IN LAST FOUR YEARS, WITH $1,650,000 IN FUNDING FOR 2017 Eight Companies Across Three Competition Categories Take Home Investments & Cash Prizes BEND, OR – October 20, 2017 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) hosted the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) to a sold-out crowd at […]


by: Tenth Month Bend Thirteen years ago, iPods dominated the market, Skype wowed the world, a thing called “The Facebook” was all the rage on college campuses, and if you had a one-megapixel phone camera, you were doing alright. In a tiny corner of the world, the Bend Venture Conference also made its debut. Since […]