The 2020 BVC Winners
Over the past six years, more than $11 million has been invested in 38 companies as a result of the conference. At the 2020 BVC, 85 companies from across the U.S. applied to the conference looking for investment and exposure. These companies represent some of the best in innovation across multiple industries. Over two days, 14 companies presented both in-person and virtually to a hybrid audience and six companies were awarded a total of $503,000 in investments and cash. View the list of winners HERE.
The 2019 BVC Winners
In the past five years, over $10 million in prizes and investments have been awarded to 41 companies as a result of the Bend Venture Conference. At the 2019 BVC, nearly 100 companies from across the U.S. and Canada applied to the conference in hopes of making it to the Tower Theatre stage. Over two days, 14 finalists presented their ideas to nearly 600 attendees in hopes of gaining investments from prominent funds. Of those 14 finalists, six of them walked away with funding totaling $488,000 in both investments and cash awards. The complete list of winners can be found HERE.
The 2018 BVC Winners
Over the past five years, the BVC fund has awarded $10 million to 37 companies. At the 2018 BVC, 14 companies presented their ideas to 600 attendees in hopes of gaining investments from prominent funds. Of those 14 finalists, half of them walked away with funding totaling $1,807,500 in both investments and cash prizes. The complete list of winners can be found HERE.
The 2017 BVC Winner: LeadMethod
Eight companies received funding at the 2017 Bend Venture Conference and the big winner was LeadMethod, a software platform built specifically for companies selling through an outside channel of distributors and independent representatives. They received checks totaling $485,000. The complete list of winners can be found HERE.
The 2016 BVC, LLC Fund
The Bend Venture Conference, LLC is a private investment vehicle established annually to help finance the most promising business startups emerging from the event each year. Participation in the fund is by invitation only, limited to accredited investors. In 2016, the fund raised over $240K and allocated $140K to Hubb and $100K to RFPIO. In 2016, a second LLC, the BVC Social Impact LLC was established. In its first year, the fund raised over $100K and allocated $50K to Hemex Health and $50K to OpConnect. (An additional $3.56 million in funds were committed to finalists from other institutional and private sources).
2016 BVC Winner Update
2021 BVC, LLC Fund Manager, Jenn Lynch
Jenn Lynch is a managing partner at Portland Seed Fund, an early stage venture capital fund that invests in capital efficient, high-growth companies in Oregon and and around the Pacific Northwest. Since 2010, Jenn has managed venture funds that have invested in more than 100 companies across a variety of sectors, including software, consumer products, cannabis, clean energy technology, biotechnology, biomedical devices and more.
After finishing her MBA at Columbia Business School, Jenn and her husband relocated to Oregon where she worked at a number of software startups before helping to raise the first fund from which she invested, Upstart Labs. Jenn serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety, and she is vice-chair of the Summit West Neighborhood Association. Jenn is a limited partner in the BVC 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 growth funds; and an investor in multiple Cascade Angel Funds. Jenn lives in Bend with her three children, husband, dog and cat, and, when she’s not working, can usually be found in the woods on her gravel bike or logging laps at Juniper or lifting at Boss Sports Performance.
2021 BVC Impact, LLC Fund Manager, Maggie Hubbell
Maggie Hubbell is an experienced entrepreneur and executive leader with a passion for starting, growing and scaling startups. Maggie ran 3 successful technology startups and was the CEO/Co-Founder of Agency Revolution when she led the Software as a Service company to a successful strategic acquisition. She has extensive experience in sales, marketing, customer success, and operations. Maggie has held numerous board positions advancing equity in technology industries, including serving on the boards for The Technology Association of Oregon and a local peer mentoring group for executives and professionals.
As the Fund Manager for the Bend Venture Conference Impact Fund she supports companies with a social or environmental impact. Maggie is COO/Co-Founder of Shift, which merges her passions for entrepreneurship and using technology for social impact.
EDCO’s Venture Catalyst, Brian Vierra
Economic Development for Central Oregon‘s (EDCO) Venture Catalyst program was proposed in 2006 by local business leaders Dan Hobin and Nori Juba and championed by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. With Wyden’s help, a $232,750 federal appropriations grant was secured in late 2009 for a three-year pilot program to boost the creation of new scalable traded sector businesses in Central Oregon. Brian Vierra is EDCO’s current Venture Catalyst.
The Venture Catalyst helps promising, scalable young companies through active coaching and guidance. A ‘Stable of Experts’ database extends that activity by pairing early-stage companies with local volunteer technical, legal, financial, managerial, and other talents.
* Bend Venture Conference cannot guarantee that investments will be made in any specific amount because the final amounts to be awarded are dependent on investment commitments received from third-party investors and the ability of the winning companies and the investors to agree on the terms and conditions of the investment.