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, […]

CrowdStreet Forms Strategic Partnership With FNEX and Applied Capital

PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – Feb 12, 2015) –  CrowdStreet, a real estate marketplace solution leader that connects accredited investors with institutional-quality real estate investments, and FNEX, a leading online alternative investment marketplace, today announced entry into a strategic partnership. FNEX and its registered broker dealer, Applied Capital, will be a distribution partner for CrowdStreet clients and […]

Raising the Stakes

The 2014 Bend Venture Conference set a record for the most cash, investments and prizes awarded at an angel conference in the Pacific Northwest. Investments in the six winning companies exceeded $1 million. The 11th annual conference was hosted by Economic Development of Central Oregon. Jason Moyer, BVC’s fund manager, tells us how they did […]

KidRunner selects Bend-based Composite Approach as 2015 market launch partner

kidRunner has selected Bend-based Composite Approach to bring the world’s first high performance, all-terrain, lightweight, pull-style kid jogger to market in 2015. The two Central Oregon businesses will collaborate on solution engineering to optimize the performance of the current kidRunner prototype as well as execution of initial scale production and manufacturing. Watch the innovation at […]

CrowdStreet launches $18.4M multifamily investment fund

January 21, 2015: Called Olympus Fund IV, the fund consists of three Class A multifamily assets in Texas and New Mexico with two to three additional multifamily properties expected to be added this year. By listing on CrowdStreet, Olympus Property aims to raise $18.4 million from accredited investors as part of a joint venture equity […]


BEND, Ore. (January 5, 2015) – Cascade Angels Fund 2014, LLC has increased its financial position in the first and second place winners of the Bend Venture Conference (BVC) launch stage competition. This week, the Fund announced an additional $42,000 investment in Poached Jobs and an additional $48,000 investment in Amplion Research, pushing the overall […]