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Meet Jim Boeddeker, Manager of EDCO's Venture Catalyst Program 

A successful entrepreneur, CEO, and expert in the Telecommunications industry, Boeddeker joined Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) in early 2014. He has deep roots in Central Oregon’s technology, venture capital, private equity, and startup communities, and has experience both as a mentor for entrepreneurs and as a founder himself.

Most recently, Boeddeker served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tech Alliance of Central Oregon, which helps to cultivate the region’s tech community by providing resources and guidance to emerging local companies. In that role, he helped to spearhead the first three iterations of Bend’s Startup Weekend, which helps concept-stage entrepreneurs to hone their ideas. In 2010, Boeddeker co-founded and served as the first Executive Director of FoundersPad, an Oregon-focused lean startup accelerator. He continues toengage and consult with nearly 90 startup teams.

Upon relocating to Bend in 2005, Boeddeker served as co-founding CEO of Home Technologies, an integrated high-end automated home systems. Prior startup successes include Lake Las Vegas Communications in Henderson, Nevada, and StreamPort Technologies. He began his career in sales, marketing, and business unit management for Raychem Corporation, and went on to World Wide Marketing with Tektronix Inc. Boeddeker holds an undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco.

EDCO’s 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 $232,750federal appropriations grant was secured in late 2009 for a three-year pilot program to boost creation of new scalable traded-sector businesses in Central Oregon. Scott Larson, founder of investment firm Vashon Partners, served in the Catalyst role for the first year of the program. He was succeeded by Jim Coonan, a local entrepreneur, investor, and thought leader, from 2011 to 2013.

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 and managerial talent.   

Updated February 2014