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Tickets Now Available for the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference

2021 Bend Venture Conference


BEND, OR (September 3, 2021) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will host the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 21 – Friday, October 22, 2021, both in-person and virtually. Tickets for the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now.

Eighteen years. The Bend Venture Conference has championed entrepreneurs, innovators and rule-breakers across the state and the country for nearly two decades. While 2020 and 2021 have been difficult to say the least, BVC returns to support innovators from across the continent.

Connecting entrepreneurs with investors is what we do best. And even in a challenging landscape, we continue to forge forward to support the next wave of visionaries. Last year, we put on a safe and successful conference that was for the first time ever available virtually. This year we are continuing down that path, offering both in-person and virtual access to one of the most prestigious Angel conferences in the U.S.

What you can expect at BVC 2021:

  • Both in-person and virtual ways to attend
  • Pre-Conference Seminars – learn directly from the experts
  • Office Hours – meet one on one with trusted advisors, on the house
  • BVC Briefs – engaging, digestible keynotes on multiple hot topics
  • Startup Company Pitches in three different categories: Early, Growth and Impact
  • Food & Beverage. And lots of it. You will not go home hungry.
  • Connection – masked, virtually or otherwise. The networking is unbeatable.
  • All taking place in beautiful Bend, Oregon

So mark your calendars and grab your tickets, whether it’s in person or virtually. Secure your spot early so we know whom to expect, and watch closely as we release additional info over the coming weeks.

We’re excited to bring this annual event back for another year. Make sure you’re a part of it by registering below.

Register now for BVC

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)

Now in its 18th year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past five years, more than $10 million has been invested in 40 companies as a result of the conference. This year’s conference will take place on October 21-22, 2021, gathering entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. bendvc.com

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)

EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. edcoinfo.com



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 Google’s digital advertising services to grow their business.

His team works with companies in all industries and teach them how to harness the power of “Search”, “Display Advertising”, and “YouTube” to attract, grow, and retain their customers.

Prior to joining Google, Darren was a Partner in McKinsey and Company’s North American Marketing & Sales Practice and the founder and co-leader of McKinsey’s global Small and Medium Business (SMB) practice. Prior to this role, Darren spent 10 years as a professional pilot in California and Alaska while also helping to launch and grow several small companies.  Darren continues to fly for fun today.