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Announcing the First Round of Cuts for the BVC Early Stage Competition

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE EARLY STAGE COMPANIES WHO ARE ADVANCING TO THE NEXT ROUND OF DUE DILIGENCE IN THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE BEND, OR – September 2, 2020 –  Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the companies moving to the next round in the Early Stage competition for the 17th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) […]

2020 BVC Returns October 15-16

2019 BVC Winners holding checks outside the Tower Theatre

THE 2020 BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE RETURNS OCTOBER 15-16 TICKETS ON SALE NOW, INCLUDING BOTH IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL OPTIONS   BEND, OR (August 31, 2020) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will host the 17th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 15 – Friday, October 16, 2020, both in-person and virtually. Tickets for the […]

Bend Venture Conference Scholarships Available

2019 BVC Winners holding checks outside the Tower Theatre

BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE APPLICATIONS OPEN THROUGH AUGUST 13TH BIPOC & FEMALE FOUNDER SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE BEND, OR (July 30, 2020) – Applications to the 2020 Bend Venture Conference are due in just two weeks. Companies can start their application at any time, but must be completed by Thursday, August 13th. Portland Seed Fund has committed an investment award of at […]

2019 Bend Venture Conference: Raising Killer Dough

2019 Bend Venture Conference Speaker: Dave Dahl Creator & Co-Founder of Dave’s Killer Bread Raising Killer Dough: How Dave Dahl Helped Build Dave’s Killer Bread   Dave Dahl is best known as the creator and co-founder of Dave’s Killer Bread. An inspirational figure, Dave once led a troubled past, having served over 15 years in […]

2019 Bend Venture Conference: The Next Big Thing

2019 Bend Venture Conference Speaker: Tore Steen CEO & Co-Founder, CrowdStreet The Next Big Thing: When Finance and Technology Collide Tore co-founded CrowdStreet in 2014 on a mission to democratize access to commercial real estate investing. He has deep internet and software industry experience in strategy, business development, sales, and marketing for both publicly traded and private […]

2019 Bend Venture Conference: Growing Fast

2019 Bend Venture Conference Speaker: Robert Pease Managing Director, Cascade Seed Fund What They Don’t Tell You: Lessons Learned From Growing Fast Robert Pease is Managing Director of Cascade Seed Fund, an early stage investment fund focused technology and consumer products companies in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, as well as Fund Manager and Venture Partner […]

2019 Bend Venture Conference: Investing in Uncertain Times

2019 Bend Venture Conference Speaker: Matt Abrams General Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures Winter is Coming: Startups & Investing in Uncertain Times Matt is a General Partner with Seven Peaks Ventures with primary focus areas and expertise in: Enterprise Data & Analytics; Artificial (AI) & Machine Intelligence; and Information + Data Trust, Integrity and Security. He also focuses heavily on […]

2019 Bend Venture Conference: Where are All the Ladies?

  2019 Bend Venture Conference Speaker: Allie Magyar Founder & CEO, Hubb Barriers to Female Founders: Where are All the Ladies? Allie Magyar is a skilled entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience driving successful technology-enabled service companies. She founded Hubb to build a technology solution that directly addressed the needs of meeting planners as they […]

2019 Bend Venture Conference: Accelerating Bend

2019 Bend Venture Conference Speaker: Chris DeVore Managing Partner, Founders’ Co-op Accelerating Bend: What’s Behind a Successful Accelerator? Chris DeVore is Managing Partner of Founders’ Co-op and the former Managing Director of Techstars Seattle. Between these two roles Chris has helped over 200 Pacific Northwest startups raise over $1.5 billion in investor capital. Previously a co-founder […]

2019 Bend Venture Conference Winners

2019 winners with checks outside of Liberty Theater

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE 16TH ANNUAL BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE Six Companies Presented with a Total of $488,000 in Investments & Cash Awards BEND, OR – October 18, 2019 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) hosted the 16th  Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) to a sold-out crowd at the Tower Theatre in Downtown […]