Past Winners

Past Bend Venture Conference Winners


2021 Winners


Growth Stage Winners

Lora DiCarlo
Deep Surface
The Run Experience

Impact Stage Winners

SkipTek Tenzr Health

Early Stage Winners

Radious Tonsil Tech

Of the 14 BVC finalists, seven companies walked away with funding totaling approximately $550,000 in both investments and cash awards. The BVC, LLC invested $200,000 in DeepSurface, $100,000 in Lora DiCarlo, and $50,000 in The Run Experience, while the BVC Impact, LLC returned for its sixth year, investing $100,000 in Skip Technology and $50,000 in TENZR Health. The conference also saw two Early Stage companies, Radious and Tonsil Tech, both receiving $25,000 investments from Portland Seed Fund. In addition, Tonsil Tech was awarded $3,000 courtesy of Washington Trust Bank at the September 2021 PubTalk. For more information and to see a breakdown of investments, click here.


2020 Winners

Growth Stage Winners

PypeServer PetHub


Impact Stage Winners

Biomotum


Early Stage Winners

Cozera MustDeliver

Six companies walked away with funding totaling approximately $503,000 in both investments and cash awards. The BVC, LLC invested $220,000 in PypeServer and $100,000 in PetHub, while the BVC Impact, LLC returned for its fifth year, investing $80,000 in Biomotum. The conference also saw two Early Stage companies, Cozera and MustDeliver, both receiving $50,000 investments from Portland Seed Fund. Investments and grants were made by a multitude of groups including the BVC LLC, BVC Impact LLC, Business Oregon, Elevate Capital, Portland Seed Fund, and Columbia Bank. For more information and to see a breakdown of investments, click here.


2019 Winners

Growth Stage Winners

Observa Belmont

Impact Stage Winner

Riff

Six companies walked away with funding totaling approximately $488,000 in both investments and cash awards. The BVC, LLC invested in Observa and Belmont, while the BVC Impact, LLC returned for its fourth year, investing in Riff Cold Brewed. Investments and grants were made by a multitude of groups including the BVC LLC, BVC Impact LLC, Business Oregon, Oregon Community Foundation, Keiretsu Forum and Portland Seed Fund. For more information and to see a breakdown of investments, click here.


2018 Winners

Growth Stage Winners

Impact Stage Winner

OCOChem

Seven companies walked away with funding totaling approximately $2.35 million in both investments and cash prizes. The BVC, LLC invested in Talkoot and CommLoan, while the BVC Impact, LLC returned for its third year, awarding OCO Corporation the top prize. Investments were made by a multitude of groups including the BVC LLC, BVC Impact LLC, Seven Peaks Ventures, Cascade Angels, Elevate Capital, and Portland Seed Fund. For more information and to see a breakdown of investments, click here.


2017 Winners

Growth Stage Winners

LeadMethod

Handful

Impact Growth Winner

Green Theme International

In 2017, 14 companies stepped onto the BVC stage to pitch to a sold-out crowd. Of those finalists, eight companies walked away with funding totaling over $1.83 million in both investments and cash prizes. The BVC, LLC invested in LeadMethod and Handful, while the BVC Social Impact, LLC returned for its second year, awarding Green Theme International the top prize. Investments were made by a multitude of groups including BendBroadband Business, Business Oregon, the BVC LLC, Cascade Angels, Craft3, Credo Investments, Elevate Capital, the Office of the State Treasurer, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Growth Account, Portland Seed Fund, and TiE Oregon. For more information and to see a breakdown of investments, click here.


 2016 Winners

Growth Stage Winners

Hubb RFPIO

Impact Stage Winners

Hemex Health OPConnect

In 2016, four companies walked away with an investment from the BVC’s angel investors; Hubb and RFPIO (from the Growth Stage LLC) and Hemex Health and OpConnect (from the first-ever Social Impact LLC). All told, the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) set a new record for Oregon angel conferences by investing over $3.9 million in 12 different companies. Investments were made by numerous groups including BendBroadband Business, Business Oregon, the BVC LLC, Cascade Angels, Craft3, Elevate Capital, the Office of the State Treasurer, the Oregon Angel Fund, Oregon BEST, the Oregon Community Foundation, and Trigen Investments. For more information and to see a breakdown of the investments click here.


2015 Winners

Growth Stage Winners

Odysys Perfect Company

Similarly to the 2014 BVC, two companies walked away with an investment from the BVC, LLC. Odysys and Perfect Co.  The quality of companies continues to impress the investors at BVC as all five Growth Stage finalists received a total of $947,500 in funding either through the BVC LLC, Cascade Angels, Seven Peaks Ventures, and other sidecar investments. For more information and to see a breakdown of the investments click here.


2014 Winners

Growth Stage Winners

Amplion Poached

2014 was an exciting year for the BVC, as two companies emerged as winners in the eyes of the BVC, LLC. Amplion Research and PoachedJobs. The overall BVC investment was a record-breaking $1,063,300 resulting in investment opportunities for multiple BVC finalists. For more information and to see a breakdown of the investments click here.


2013 Winner

Growth Stage Winners

Nouvola

In 2013, Portland-based Nouvola kicked off its success story at BVC where it won the top investment prize of $250,000. This win sparked further investment from the 2014 Oregon Entrepreneur Network’s Angel Oregon and the Southern Oregon Angel Conference, completing the “Triple Crown” of angel conferences.  Nouvola specializes in providing companies insight into how apps will function and helps troubleshoot those apps before they are released to the world.


2012 Winners

 SonivateMedical

In 2012, Portland-based Sonivate Medical took home the top investment prize of $265,000. Sonivate Medical develops and manufactures innovative technologies to reduce healthcare costs and expand access to diagnostic imaging. Winning the 2012 Bend Venture Conference allowed Sonivate Medical to initiate their go-to-market activities including integration with their first distribution partner, building their first set of probes that are available for sale, and clinical demonstrations at Madigan Medical Center and Yale University.


2011 Winner

RES Equine

In 2011, Redmond-based RES Equine, a manufacturer of protective horse equipment which uses a patent-pending closure system, was selected by investors of the BVC, LLC (the conference’s investment arm) for the top investment prize of $250,000, beating out four other finalists in the category.


2010 Winner

Manzama

In 2010, BVC winner Manzama took home a $200,000 investment prize. Peter Ozolin, Manzama CEO, said he was glad that the investors recognized the emotion and conviction behind his company. Manzama’s software helps attorneys and practice groups specifically identify information about their practice through automatic searches done from the vast electronic domain.


2009

The 2009 BVC investment prize money was not awarded following the due diligence process. Instead, members of the investment arm of the Conference (BVC, LLC) elected to roll the 2009 amount into the 2010 investment prize.BVC Logo No Date


2008

Jama Software

In 2008, Portland-based Jama Software won the Bend Venture Conference. Jama’s software is configured as a web service and facilitates collaborative software product development. Eric Winquist, CEO and founder of Jama, says the $110,000 investment prize was instrumental in creating investor confidence that allowed the company to raise an additional $1 million in angel funding from other sources.


2007

Elemental Technologies

In 2007, BVC winner Elemental Technologies Inc. (ETI) took home a $150,000 investment prize. The company got its start from a group of three engineers from Pixelworks, the Portland-based maker of digital video chips. Elemental creates software that makes sophisticated video production possible on a more affordable basis. CEO and co-founder Sam Blackman was able to parlay investments from Oregon Angel Fund, Pixelworks, and BVC in later successful rounds of financing. The company was ultimately sold to Amazon Web Services in 2015.


2006

ClearFlow

The 2006 BVC winner of a $150,000 investment prize was Dr. Ed Boyle of Bend-based Clear Catheter Solutions. The company has developed a medical drainage device that helps patients of heart, lung and chest surgeries patients recover more safely. BVC investment prize money allowed Clear Catheter to form their management team and to license a patent; shortly thereafter, the company raised an additional $600,000 that made human trials possible.