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2016 Bend Venture Conference: Keynote Speakers

2016 Bend Venture Conference Speaker: Rebekah Bastian Vice President of Product at Zillow 2016 Keynote Speaker Rebekah Bastian is Vice President of Product at Zillow, driving the strategy and execution of product teams focusing on advertising, financial systems, and connecting real estate buyers with agents. Rebekah was one of Zillow’s first employees, coming over from Microsoft […]

UPDATE: The 2016 Bend Venture Conference Awards Over $3,918,000 in Funding

BEND, Ore. – October 19, 2016 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) last week hosted the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) and announced that over $3,918,000 was awarded in investments and cash prizes, setting a new record for Oregon angel conferences and making it one of the top angel conferences in the country. […]

Over $3,755,000 in Funding Awarded at the Bend Venture Conference

BEND, Ore. – October 14, 2016 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) hosted the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) to a sold-out crowd and just announced the winners of $3,755,000 in investments and cash prizes, setting a new record for Oregon angel conferences. Side investment deals are still being finalized. Growth Stage Competition […]

EDCO Announces Social Impact and Growth Stage Finalists for the Bend Venture Conference

Companies Will Compete for Over $900K in Investments BEND, Ore. – September 30, 2016 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has just announced the finalists for the Social Impact and Growth Stage Competitions for the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference. The Social Impact Competition, which includes for-profit companies whose business models are integrated with […]

EDCO Announces Five Early Stage Finalists for the Bend Venture Conference

BEND, Ore. – September 23, 2016 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), host of the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC), has announced the five Early Stage finalists that will vie for the $15K BendBroadband Business cash prize at BVC on Friday, October 14, 2016. In alphabetical order, the five Early Stage finalists, selected […]

EDCO Announces Semi-Finalists for the Bend Venture Conference

Twenty-Six Companies Selected Across Three Competition Categories BEND, Ore. – September 13, 2016 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has selected 26 semi-finalists across three competition categories for the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference. This group includes 10 Early Stage, 10 Growth Stage and six Social Impact companies that may have an opportunity to […]

EDCO Announces Two Keynotes for 2016 Bend Venture Conference

Largest angel conference in the Pacific Northwest will feature speakers from Zillow and Adobe BEND, Ore. – August 3, 2016 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) today announced that the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) will feature two keynote speakers – Rebekah Bastian of Zillow and Loni Stark of Adobe, on Thursday, October […]

Total Awards in 2015 Bend Venture Conference Companies Hit $947,500

BEND, Ore. – January 26, 2016 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) today announced that the total awards in 2015 Bend Venture Conference companies has hit $947,500, up from $620,000, which was awarded in mid-October at the end of the conference. Investments in two of the winning Growth Stage companies, Odysys andPerfect Company, have […]

2015 Bend Venture Conference: Keynote Speaker

2015 Bend Venture Conference Speaker: Darren Pleasance Google’s Global Customer Acquisitions team lead 2015 Keynote Speaker Darren Pleasance, who leads Google’s Global Customer Acquisitions team based at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA, was the 2015 BVC Keynote Speaker. In his role, Darren leads a team of ~1,700 people in 32 countries focused on helping companies to use […]

Over $620K in Funding Awarded at the Bend Venture Conference

BEND, Ore. – October 16, 2015 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), today hosted the 12th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) with a sold-out crowd and just announced the winners of $620,000 in investment awards, cash prizes and services. Side investment deals are still being finalized. The following is a list of the winners: […]