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: […]

EDCO Announces Early and Growth Stage Semi-Finalists for the Bend Venture Conference

BEND, Ore. – September 16, 2015 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), host of the 12th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC), has selected the 10 Early Stage and nine Growth Stage semi-finalists that may have an opportunity to compete at the BVC on Friday, October 16. The 10 Early Stage semi-finalists were selected after […]

Amazon to Acquire 2007 BVC Winner Elemental Technologies

Amazon has agreed to acquire Portland-based video processing startup Elemental Technologies. Founded in 2006, Elemental helps big media entities like HBO and ESPN seamlessly process video content across a full slate of mobile devices. The company enables more than 700 clients take video that was destined for legacy video distribution systems — IPTV, managed cable network, broadcast over the air, […]

Bend gets ready to again welcome waves of angels and entrepreneurs

As reported by Malia Spencer, Portland Business Journal – Jul 7, 2015 This year the Bend-based conference is slated for October 15-16. The angel conference is hosted by economic development nonprofit EDCO (Economic Development of Central Oregon) and seeks early stage and growth stage startups. In 2014, the event dolled out more than $1 million in investments and […]

$15,000 Early Stage Award up for grabs!

BendBroadband Business steps up their game by 50% on the 2015 BVC Early stage award from to $15,000 from last year’s $10,000. BendBroadband Business is proud to sponsor the Early Stage Award at the Bend Venture Conference (BVC) again this year. The BVC, hosted by EDCO, is the largest Angel Conference in the Pacific Northwest. Last […]


Bend, OR – April 8, 2015 – kidRunner, the world’s first, high performance, all-terrain kid jogger, bike and Nordic ski product, announces its first Retail Ambassador – FootZone Bend. Through the partnership, kidRunner will collaborate with FootZone to expand awareness of kidRunner and explore new retail/distribution models like demos and pre-orders, while finding shared ways […]

Jama Software lands $20M

As reported by Malia Spencer, Portland Business Journal Fast-growing Jama Software is adding fuel to its fire with a $20 million series C funding round aimed at building out more product capabilities. As part of this round, the company is also bringing on a new investor in Updata Partners. The Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm […]


Bend, OR – March 3, 2015 – kidRunner, the world’s first high performance, all-terrain, lightweight, kid jogger, announces its 2015 Ambassador Team. The Ambassador Team, which consists of a mix of elite runners, adventure athletes, every day running parents, retail partners, and event sponsors, is led by long-time kidRunner Ambassador and World Champion runner, Max […]

Help Wanted

ONE DAY A FEW years ago, entrepreneur Kirk Thornby and restaurateur Peter Bro — owner of Portland venues Café Broder, Broder Nord and Savoy Tavern — got together to talk about how hard it was to nd good employees on Craigslist and other generic job sites. e problem?Email accounts flooded with unqualified applicants. “People would […]

BVC’s Wild card entrant, The Handsel Corporation, advances at OEN’s Angel Oregon Spring 2015 Program

Twenty-five companies have made the first cut in OEN’s Angel Oregon Spring 2015 Program and will proceed to compete in the next round. Hailing from Albany, Bend, Corvallis, Estacada, Eugene, Portland, Wilsonville, and Vancouver (Wa.), the companies represent a wide range of sectors—including business products/services, clean tech, consumer products, education, electronics, fashion, food & beverage, […]