2022 BVC Company Applications Now Open

BEND, OR (July 14, 2022) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will again host the annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 20 – Friday, October 21, 2022, in downtown Bend and virtually online. Ticketing, speaker announcements and event details for the 19th Annual Bend Venture Conference will be announced in the coming weeks.

Over the past six years, investments, awards and prizes surpassing $10 million were awarded to 40 companies as a result of the conference. BVC is a yearly celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation, connecting investors, companies and business leaders.

This year’s conference will feature three categories: Growth, Impact, and Early Stage. The application period is open now through Tuesday, August 16th and companies across the United States are invited to apply.

  • Growth Stage Competition: This category is open to companies that have a proven concept, have generated initial revenues and are prepared to scale quickly with investment. To apply, click here.
  • Impact Competition: This category is open to for-profit companies, whose business models are integrated with a mission to have a significant and measurable social or environmental impact. Applicants should be aiming to generate long-term enterprise value and attractive returns on capital. To apply, click here.
  • Early Stage Competition: This category is open to companies that have a great idea, “proof of concept,” and some traction. They are pre- or early-revenue and are in the process of testing their product in the market. To apply, click here.

With over 80 companies expected to apply — and an estimated $300,000+ going to the finalists, category winners, and runners up in varied award amounts — BVC is one of the largest angel investor programs in the PNW.

BVC provides visibility, resources, and valuable connections to early and growth stage companies seeking angel funding as it engages first-time and experienced angel investors interested in building their investment portfolios.

The application deadline for entrepreneurs is Tuesday, August 16th.

The Bend Venture Conference welcomes a diverse set of companies seeking funding and management teams capable of executing their plans. This year’s BVC will feature impressive speakers from across the country representing angel investors, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in its 19th 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 20-21, 2022, 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


For Press Inquiries:
Deanne Buck
Venture Catalyst Director, EDCO