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About BVC

The Bend Venture Conference is entering its 11th year and is the largest Angel Conference in the Pacific Northwest. Over 400 attendees, 50 prominent investors and 65 companies are expected to join us for a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation. The winner of the launch stage competition could walk away with a $250k to $300k+ investment and the best concept stage company could win a $10k cash prize from BendBroadband.* Partner this with the fantastic opportunities for outdoor adventure (hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, fly fishing, etc.) and the incredible restaurants in historic downtown Bend for the included Dine Around, and you have one of the most exciting entrepreneurial events happening in Oregon.

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Photos by Marissa Chappell Hossick 

Entrepreneurship Grows in Bend


Ever wonder what resources exist in Central Oregon for startups? Watch this video with former EDCO Venture Catalyst Jim Coonan for an overview of Central Oregon's growing ecosystem.  

2013 Conference Highlights

At Bend's iconic Tower Theatre on October 18th, a sold out crowd of 425 attendees enjoyed BVC pitches, networking, and a gorgeous fall day. And the winners are: 

  • Paola Moretto of Nouvola, which offers performance analytics for the cloud, won the $250,000 BVC investment.
  • There was also a side car deal proposed for Craig Langer, founder of The Flybook, of $73,000; the company provides streamlined, real-time management of reservations and back-office activities for the outdoor industry. 
  • Founder Sam Lambert of Prineville-based Ochoco Arms, with its multi-laser sighting system that turns a shotgun into a precision instrument, won the $10,000 BendBroadband Concept Stage award.
  • Syndical won Palo Alto Software's LivePlan competition with a $1,500 prize.
  • IDEAL Equine Gear went on to Startup Weekend Bend to be named the winner of this 54-hour event.

Serial entrepreneur and Lean Startup movement founder Steve Blank delivered an inspiring and insightful "fireside chat", moderated by Dino Vendetti, Managing Partner of Seven Peaks Ventures, one of Central Oregon's newest funding vehicles.

VC Tests the 'Big Bend Theory'

brucecleveland_headshot.jpgBay Area Venture Capitalist Bruce Cleveland wants startups to move to Bend, Oregon so he can incubate them. A panelist at the October 2013 Bend Venture Conference, Cleveland is asking for tech companies to submit a compelling story about their startup and why they would move to Bend.  Read more in the Pando Daily article.  



Check out these videos from the City of Bend!

Tech entrepreneurs from Manzama, Droplr, JettStream, and ziPede discuss how the Bend business community and lifestyle support their startups.   "Brew, Bio, Rec, Tech" captures the region's essence. Hear from a wide variety of CEOs from startups to established companies, on the advantages of doing business here.

Learn more about the Lean Startup

We're huge advocates of the Lean approach to startups. On this Resources page are organizations and articles about Lean, as well as helpful info for entrepreneurs in general. 


 *Bend Venture 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. 



Updated 7/9/14