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Keep the Holidays Local

Keep the Holidays Local

This holiday season, Central Oregon companies need your support. And there’s no shortage of what is made right here in our own back yard! That perfect gift you’ve been searching for may just be listed below. Happy holidays from EDCO!

For more gifting ideas, make sure to check out Bend Marketplace and this last-minute gift guide from Visit Bend.

Sweet Gifts

Red Plate Foods

Bend, Oregon

Red Plate Foods makes delicious baked goods that are vegan and free of the top 8 food allergens (gluten/wheat, dairy, peanut, tree nut, soy, egg, fish, and shellfish) in a dedicated facility located in Bend.

For a tasty, guilt-free gift, click here!

Holm Made Toffee

Bend, Oregon

Founded in Glide, Oregon in 2007, Holm Made Toffee crafts their candy in traditional handmade batches, utilizing Oregon-grown hazelnuts and ingredients sourced from the Pacific Northwest in every batch.

Make this delicious handmade toffee a gift by clicking here!

Sweet Oasis Chocolate

Redmond, Oregon

Sweet Oasis specializes in handcrafted gourmet popcorn, fudge, jelly bites, chocolates, caramels, ice cream, gummiez, lotions, oils, and even massage creams. They are a great source for gift opportunities!

Click here to find a sweet gift!

Seahorse Chocolate

Bend, Oregon

Seahorse believes the yummiest chocolate is a direct result of people who care deeply about the work they do everyday. They find chocolate by seeking partners who focus on transparency and quality in their work, offering direct-trade certified, single-origin cocoa that reflects the craft of the farmers and producers.

Get your Seahorse Chocolate fix here!

Gather Nuts

Bend, Oregon

Gather Nuts is an artisanal whole foods snack company founded in Bend by a nutritionist and plant-based food aficionado. They’re passionate about foods that nurture while doing the least amount of harm to the planet and animals – core values that drive their work.

Click here to snag these slow-roasted tasty snacks.

The Chocolate Company

Redmond, Oregon

The Chocolate Company offers handmade fine chocolates, candies, fresh caramel apples, dipped fruit, dipped cookies, and snacks. All of which will satisfy any sweet tooth!

Click here to explore the long list of delicious goodies offered by The Chocolate Company!

Sisters Olive and Nut Co.

Sisters, Oregon

Sisters Olive and Nut Co. treats every customer as though they were family, offering the very best and most unique products out there. And if that isn’t enough, they offer free samples every day!

To explore Sisters Olive products, click here!

Be-Bop Biscotti

Redmond, Oregon

Be-Bop offers hand decorated gourmet biscottis, that will undoubtedly improve any cup of coffee. These delicious treats are made right here in Central Oregon!

Click here to fill that biscotti sweet tooth!

Justy’s Jelly

Redmond, Oregon

It is not just jelly, it is Justy’s Jelly. Offering many different jelly flavors, including pepper, fruit, and artisan, Justy’s is all handmade locally. Think this jelly sounds like a great gift? So do we!

Click here to explore their different offerings!

Picky Bars

Bend, Oregon

Picky Bars believes that real food is the best fuel. Picky Bars will power you through any workout, long day or race you face.

Click here to make this power fuel a great healthy gift!

Pili Hunters

Bend, Oregon

Pili Hunters offers the world’s healthiest nuts. All-natural, high fat, low carb, vegan, and 100% sustainable, Pili Hunters is sharing this healthy snack with the world.

Click here to learn more about this healthy snack!

Josie’s Best

Sisters, Oregon

Josie’s Best Gluten Free Mixes creates magical breakfast moments for people who once thought they had to give up on Sunday waffles. Plus they are offering the perfect holiday gift box!

Click here to explore their offerings!

Laird Superfood

Sisters, Oregon

Laird Superfood manufactures all-natural superfood products including creamers, coffees, hydration options, and much more!

Check out their products here!

Stavoren Trading Co.

Bend, Oregon

Stavoren is a family business that imports and sells Madagascar, Tahitian, and Mexican vanilla beans. They are committed to bringing you the best products and customer service possible!

Click here to explore this amazing vanilla!

Bend Sauce

Bend, Oregon

Bend Sauce is a chipotle hot sauce company based right here in Bend. They use only natural ingredients and the result is a chipotle sauce that makes any dish better!

Click here to make this tasty sauce a great gift.

Outdoor and Apparel Gifts

Puffin

Bend, Oregon

Puffin Coolers launched with a single product, a bottle cooler that emulates a mummy-style sleeping bag. The inspiration for this product was simply the realization that Bend is a town known mostly for 2 things: beer and the outdoors.

Make a Puffin Cooler the perfect gift by clicking here!

Sullivan Glove Company

Bend, Oregon

Sullivan Glove is one of the last U.S. glove makers, holding true to their original commitment of enduring craftsmanship. They source American Grade A hides in deer, elk, buffalo, goat, sheep, pig, and cow, and cut leather using decades-old, form-fitting patterns. Every pair is hand-sewn in Bend.

Think these handcrafted gloves would make a great gift? Click here.

BlackStrap

Bend, Oregon

BlackStrap strives to set the standard in new innovative clothing and gear…getting you action-ready for any sports lifestyle! And make sure to check out their new line of face masks.

Click here to make this gear a great gift.

Cairn

Bend, Oregon

Cairn is your guide to finding new and unique outdoor products. The best part? It all comes in a subscription box! Cairn will help you get outside and replenish your soul.

Click here to check out their offerings.

Buckstop Truckware

Prineville Oregon

Buckstop Truckware designs, engineers, and manufactures heavy-duty bumpers for trucks, vans, and SUVs right here in Central Oregon.

Click here to shop these professional-grade accessories (either for yourself or someone else).

Radian Weapons

Redmond, Oregon

Radian designs and manufactures innovative, professional-grade weapons and components that are both dependable and reliable.

Click here to explore their products.

DrinkTanks

Bend, Oregon

DrinkTanks has been revolutionizing the growler industry through quality and innovation, manufacturing premium stainless steel, double-wall, vacuum-insulated growlers, cups and other accessories.

Make this an awesome gift by clicking here.

SnoPlanks

Bend, Oregon

Snoplanks are powder oriented snow sliding vehicles, that are surfing inspired both in shape and construction. Each one is made from multiple layers of hardwood and fiberglass, making for the perfect snow-loving gift!

Click here to explore their products!

Pierce Footwear

Bend, Oregon

Pierce Footwear empowers health and wellness with adaptive performance footwear. They are redefining footwear with their SpeedLatch shoes, great for people with disabilities, back problems, and arthritis.

Check out their footwear by clicking here!

Hydro Flask

Bend, Oregon

A quintessential Central Oregon product, Hydro Flask makes double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottles, tumblers, mugs and more. Their lineup has expanded to include food containers, lunch boxes and hydration packs.

Click here to find a great gift from HydroFlask!

Sudara

Bend, Oregon

Sudara is an apparel brand empowering women in India to live in freedom from human trafficking. Every Sudara product is inspired by the beautiful colors and textures from the local culture and is crafted by women in their community.

Shop their great products here!

Bronwen Jewelry

Bend, Oregon

Bronwen offers delicate and durable jewelry designed for active and traveling women. They are made by hand right here in Bend Oregon!

Make this jewelry a great gift by clicking here!

HYDAWAY

Bend, Oregon

Meet HYDAWAY. The collapsible, ultra-stashable, planet-friendly, go-anywhere way to stay hydrated.

Click here to explore their bottles!

Gifts for Home

DayDreamHQ

Sisters, Oregon

DaydreamHQ is a unique design and build studio creating beautiful, retro wood art that will warm any home or yard. And make sure to check out their wooden Christmas cards and ornament sets.

Check out DayDreamHQ’s amazing products here.

Hardenbrook Hardwoods

Redmond, Oregon

A beautifully crafted custom cutting board is bound to make a lasting impression. Hardenbrook Hardwoods creates beautiful countertops, tables and other custom items, all of which have the potential to be a great gift.

Explore these beautiful products here.

TERRA FRMA

Bend, Oregon

TERRA FRMA is a local company making sure you, your family, your home, and neighborhood are prepared, evacuated, and able to recover from a natural disaster.

Click here to prepare yourself and your loved ones!

Preston Thompson Guitars

Sisters, Oregon

Preston Thompson Guitars builds world-class guitars that are suitable for any fingerstyle or flat-picking in any genre!

Click here to make one of these beautiful guitars a music lover’s perfect gift.

Broken Top Candle Co.

Bend, Oregon

Broken Top Candle Co. is taking beauty and wellness to the next level. They provide quality products that will not break the bank. Their product line includes candles, linen sprays, soaps, and perfumes.

Make this a great gift by clicking here!

Wingo

Bend, Oregon

Wingo designs cases to protect your devices. Their cases make holding and using your devices easier, more comfortable, and less painful.

Click here to check out their products.

Health and Beauty Gifts

Oregon’s Wild Harvest

Redmond, Oregon

Oregon’s Wild Harvest is dedicated to wellness, farming and science. This family-owned company grows, formulates and produces plant medicine for the whole family right here in Central Oregon!

Check out their products by clicking here.

Coffee & Salt

Bend, Oregon

Coffee & Salt creates unique blends of scrubs and coffee to uplift your mood and soothe your skin. Enhance any bathing experience with these locally sourced sustainable blends.

Explore these beneficial natural scrubs here.

SmartyPits

Bend, Oregon

SmartyPits offers aluminum free, paraben free, phthalate free, and propylene glycol free deodorant. On top of this they donate 30 cents from every large stick to breast cancer research and free deodorant to oncology centers, survivor events and non-profit groups!

Click here to check out their amazing products!

Metabolic Maintenance

Sisters, Oregon

Metabolic Maintenance, a family owned company for over 35 years, produces high quality, practitioner recommended nutritional supplements. All manufacturing takes place right here in Sisters. All products are free from common allergens such as dairy, egg, and gluten and do not contain added excipients, binders, fillers, or preservatives.

Click here to give the gift of health this season from Metabolic Maintenance.

Bend Soap

Bend, Oregon

Bend Soap offers pure, nourishing soap, that will enhance your skincare routine and keep your skin happy. Bend Soap cleanses exfoliates, and moisturizes from head to toe.

Click here to make this natural soap a great gift!

Zealios Skin Care

Bend, Oregon

Zealios products provide athletes peace of mind with any training day, race, or workout. Their products are designed and tested by the worlds top athletes, and will give anyone the confidence they need while focusing on performance.

Click here to explore their products!

Axiology

Bend, Oregon

Axiology offers vegan, planet-friendly lipstick, full of nourishing ingredients such as kokum butter and coconut oil which gives the lipstick their silky, buttery texture.

Click here to make these lipsticks a great gift!

Lora DiCarlo

Bend, Oregon

Lora DiCarlo is a women’s health company focused on helping you get started on your journey toward empowerment.

Click here to view their products!

Food and Beverage Gifts

Oregon Spirit Distillers

Bend, Oregon

Award winning, world class whiskey can be found at Oregon Spirit Distillers as well as other spirits if you are not a whiskey person. They also offer hand sanitizer!

Click here to make these spirits a great gift!

Boneyard Beer

Bend, Oregon

Boneyard was started with one goal. Make great beer. But they offer more than just that. Great food, swag, and other drinks are also offered at Boneyard!

Click here to explore their products!

Maragas Winery

Culver, Oregon

This local winery is in Culver Oregon just north of Redmond. Maragas offers many different types of wine and will absolutely have the perfect bottle for you. They also deliver to the area!

Click here to shop their winery!

Three Creeks Brewing

Bend, Oregon

Three Creeks is a local brewery in Sisters Oregon. Using only the finest ingredients to brew their beers, malts from around the world, Oregon famed hops, and crystal-clear water from our own Cascade Mountains.

Explore their beers and great food here!

Riff Cold Brewed

Redmond/Bend

Riff makes delicious products from only the best ingredients. Riff uses high-quality coffee and coffee fruit from around the world, they are environmentally sustainable and are a member of 1% for the Planet. Check out their awesome products here!

Or click here for their to-go options!

Silver Moon Brewing

Bend, Oregon

Local brewery Silver Moon, is offering a Thanksgiving kit! As well as curbside pick up of both beer and food! They also have a great assortment of Silver Moon swag available.

Click here to check it out!

Faith Hope and Charity Winery

Terrebonne, Oregon

Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards is a local winery with beautiful mountain views. They have a three-level wine club and are now offering curbside pick up and deliveries of their wide variety of wine and food.

Click here to see what they offer!

Sisters Coffee

Sisters, Oregon

Sisters Coffee is a local micro-roaster and coffee house, that creates an authentic coffee experience. This coffee experience is now also offered through subscriptions and would make an amazing gift!

Click here to browse their amazing coffee!

Humm Kombucha

Bend, Oregon

Local kombucha company Humm offers many different delicious flavors, including their very own zero sugar, low-calorie option!

Click here to check out their products!

Gompers Distillery

Redmond, Oregon

Gompers Distillery uses hand-picked Oregon juniper berries, regionally sourced golden pear and hand-picked lavender in their gin. Their spirits are great anyway you wish to enjoy them.

Click here to take a look at their spirits!

Metolius Artisan Tea

Bend, Oregon

Metolius crafts an amazing tea experience. Their tea is ethically sourced, organic, and uses many locally grown herbs.

Click here to get some of this extraordinary tea!

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Initiative Brewing

Redmond, Oregon

Initiative Brewing offers a fun atmosphere and a wide variety of tasty beers, drinks, and food. All their ingredients are fresh and locally sourced!

Click here to check out their beers and food!

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Spider City Brewing

Bend, Oregon

Spider City Brewing is dedicated to bringing people together with their good, clean beer. Offering a variety of different beers for every kind of beer lover!

Explore their beers here!

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Wild Ride Brewing

Redmond, Oregon

Wild Ride Brewing offers a wide variety of beer, a fun atmosphere, and some great swag to sport all year long. This makes it a must-stop while in downtown Redmond.

Check out their offerings here

Pet Gifts

Majesty’s Animal Nutrition

Redmond, Oregon

Majesty’s makes all-natural easy to feed supplemental wafers and treats for dogs and horses. They are focused on keeping your best friend healthy and happy!

Give your furry friend the healthy gift they deserve by clicking here.

Pawket Treats

Bend, Oregon

Pawket Treats is helping you say goodbye to crumb filled pockets! These rolled treats will be your furry friend’s new go-to and won’t leave a mess behind.

Click here to shop for these treats!

Ruffwear

Ruffwear

Bend, Oregon

Ruffwear builds dog gear to enhance your outdoor adventures. Their products which include, water/windproof jackets, insulated coats and fleece winter sweaters, are all trail tested and help you keep your best friend with you on all your adventures.

Click here to check out their products!

Spindrift Dog Gear

Bend, Oregon

Spindrift builds gear that helps make the most of adventures without getting in your way. Offering high quality, long-lasting gear such as leashes, collars, harnesses, and running gear!

Click here to check out their gear!

Early Stage Finalists Advancing to BVC

Early Stage Finalists advancing to BVC

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE FIVE EARLY STAGE FINALISTS PRESENTING AT THE 17TH ANNUAL BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE OCTOBER 15-16

BEND, Ore. – September 25, 2020 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the top five Early Stage finalists advancing to the 17th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 15 – Friday, October 16, 2020. These companies will compete for an investment of $30,000 from Portland Seed Fund.

Ten companies took the stage both virtually and in person to pitch during last night’s Central Oregon PubTalk. The Early Stage competition includes companies that have a great idea and are close to “proof of concept.” They are pre-revenue (or very early) and are in the process of testing their product in the market. The competition will take place the morning of Friday, October 16th.

Last night, Masa won the audience vote and received a $3,000 cash award, courtesy of Portland Seed Fund and Elevate Capital.

In alphabetical order, the five BVC Early Stage finalists that will compete at BVC are:

  1. ADHERE GEAR Tech Corp. (Portland, OR) – Deploying shared-use luggage and travel gear for passengers to create a safer and cleaner environment for their personal items.
  2. Cozera (Portland, OR) – Creating verified digital identities for remote & in-person identity verification to increase customer satisfaction and deter identity fraud, saving time and money.
  3. Masa (Portland, OR) – The first online farmers market, bringing farmers markets to people via an online marketplace (think Etsy for farmers).
  4. MustDeliver (Portland, OR) – A digital marketplace delivering industry-leading clarity, control & communication between shippers and drivers in the trucking business.
  5. YesOMS (Bend, OR) – A platform for merchants and brand owners to offer a superior user experience to their customers through their own branded mobile application.

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the 17th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

BCV Title Sponsors

PubTalk Title Sponsors

PubTalk Title Sponsors: Columbia Band, Karnopp Petersen, Velox Systems, Providence Health Plan

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
The Bend Venture Conference is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation and connections. Now in its 17th year, BVC, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past six years, more than $11 million has been invested in 38 companies as a result of the conference. This year’s conference will take place both in-person in Bend, Oregon, and virtually online on October 15-16, 2020, 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

Press Contact
Elise Rossman
Director of Marketing and Communications, EDCO
541.388.3236 x6
[email protected]

GROW: BASX Solutions Expansion in Redmond

BASX solutions breaking ground

BASX Solutions is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of high-efficiency data center cooling solutionscleanroom systems, custom HVAC solutions, and more. Headquartered in Redmond since 2014, BASX has customers across the U.S. and around the globeThey recently broke ground on a new 75,000 square foot building expansion, allowing the company to consolidate its operations while substantially increasing their manufacturing capacity.  

Their new expansion will give BASX approximately 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Redmond while bringing additional jobs to what is already one of the city’s largest employers, nearly doubling their employee count once their facilities are operational and fully staffed. 

Early on in their decision process, BASX had a strong desire to locate their facility in Central OregonDuring their initial planning stages in 2012, Redmond stood out as a city that values and supports business and manufacturing operations. From early conversations with the City of Redmond, Redmond Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) and the Redmond Chamber of Commerce, it was clear to BASX how the different entities work together as a collective group to support local business growth. The ability for these entities to work together seamlessly allows BASX to focus on delivering their products to these critical industries. 

“From our initial startup days through our expansion today, it is refreshing to work with organizations like EDCO, the Redmond Chamber and the City of Redmond. These groups have worked side by side with our team to get us where we are today and have been an asset to our growing business. They are prime examples of organizations focused on supporting sustainable business growth and helping develop a stronger community for years to come!”

Matt TobolskiPresident and Founder, BASX Solutions 

START: Riff Cold Brewed

Riff Arm in Arm

Riff Cold Brewed was born from a mission to produce the world’s most delicious cold brewed coffee. Serial entrepreneur Paul Evers (also behind Bend staple Crux Fermentation Project), along with a crew of other Central Oregonians, started Riff in late 2017. They opened a bottling and production facility in Redmond, along with the first-of-its-kind Cold Brew Taproom in Bend.

Riff is a great example of how economic development programs are poised to help companies grow. From the beginning, they worked with Redmond Economic Development (REDI) to utilize different tax incentive programs, while connecting with other community resources to help the company position itself to grow more efficiently. In October 2019, Riff presented and won funding at the Bend Venture Conference (BVC), the largest angel conference in the West.

With innovation at its core, Riff has taken the craft brewing sensibility to create the next great variation in energy drinks. The funding they received from BVC allowed them to further develop their latest product, Alter Ego, a natural plant-based energy drink brewed from coffee’s little-known fruity pulp that surrounds the bean, a traditionally wasted byproduct of coffee.

 

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BVC Virtual and Live Tickets Now on Sale

2019 BVC Winners

THE 2020 BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE RETURNS OCTOBER 15-16

TICKETS ON SALE NOW, INCLUDING BOTH IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL OPTIONS

 

BEND, OR (August 31, 2020) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will host the 17th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 15 – Friday, October 16, 2020, both in-person and virtually. Tickets for the 17th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now.

For the safety of those attending, the in-person conference will be spread out across multiple locations in Downtown Bend to allow for proper social distancing. Further details involving exact locations, speakers and agenda will be announced in the coming weeks.

BVC will also be live-streamed, expanding the reach of the conference outside of Bend’s physical borders, allowing for more people to participate in the event.

The Bend Venture Conference is once again featuring three competition categories: Growth Stage, Impact and Early Stage. Over 80 companies from across the United States applied to present at this year’s conference. The due diligence process is underway, which will determine the companies that make it to the Tower Theatre stage, with semi-finalist and finalist announcements being released leading up to the event.

This celebration of entrepreneurship will showcase inspiring companies while bringing in educational opportunities and speakers from across the country utilizing a mix of in-person and virtual programming. For updates on the event, visit bendvc.com.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
The Bend Venture Conference is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation and connections. Now in its 17th year, BVC, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past six years, more than $11 million has been invested in 38 companies as a result of the conference. This year’s conference will take place both in-person in Bend, Oregon, and virtually online on October 15-16, 2020, 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

BIPOC & FEMALE FOUNDER SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

BEND VENTURE APPLICATIONS OPEN THROUGH AUGUST 13TH
BIPOC & FEMALE FOUNDER SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

BEND, OR (July 30, 2020) – Applications to the 2020 Bend Venture Conference are due in just two weeks. Companies can start their application at any time, but must be completed by Thursday, August 13th.

Portland Seed Fund has committed an investment award of at least $30,000* to the company that wins the Early Stage competition. This is the largest amount of funding ever committed to this stage.

In addition to the investment award, Portland Seed Fund is BVC’s 2020 Early Stage Access Sponsor, providing scholarships and coaching for BIPOC companies to apply to the Early Stage competition. These scholarships are available to companies with at least one founder that identifies as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) where the application fee is a barrier to participating in the conference. For more details, click here.

Elevate / TiE Oregon are the 2020 Impact Access Sponsors, providing scholarships for both BIPOC and Female Founder companies to apply to the Impact Competition. For more information, click here.

The 2020 conference will be held both in person and virtually, with opportunities for company presentations in both formats, as travel and health restrictions allow.

In the last six years, BVC has awarded over $11 million in investments, awards and prizes. Follow-on investments into companies that won at BVC will soon surpass $700 million. This premier regional event attracts top funds, entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders each year.

To apply to the conference, click here.

*Bend Venture Conference 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.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in its 17th year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past six years, more than $11 million has been invested in 38 companies as a result of the conference. This year’s conference will take place both in person in Bend, Oregon, and virtually online on October 15-16, 2020, 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

2020 Bend Venture Conference Applications Now Open

Bend Venture Conference EDCO Team

THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE RETURNS OCTOBER 15-16, 2020 | COMPANY APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW THRU AUGUST 13TH

BEND, OR (July 14, 2020) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will again host the annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 15 – Friday, October 16, 2020, in downtown Bend and virtually online. Ticketing, speaker announcements and event details for the 17th Annual Bend Venture Conference will be announced in the coming months.

Over the past six years, investments, awards and prizes upwards of $11 million were awarded to 38 companies as a result of the conference. BVC is a yearly celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation, connecting investors, companies and business leaders.

“It’s important now more than ever to get funding into the hands of small businesses,” said Brian Vierra, EDCO’s Venture Catalyst. “The Bend Venture Conference continues to bring together inspiring companies and multiple prestigious funds. While this year’s conference may look a little different than in year’s past, the reason we continue to push forward has not changed. BVC has helped create over 1,100 jobs since its inception and companies that have won funding at BVC have received nearly $700 million additional dollars in follow-on investments.”

Growth Stage Competition finalists could collect an investment of $250,000 or more. Companies in the Impact Competition have historically competed for investments ranging from $50,000-$100,000. Companies in the Early Stage competition could receive and investment of $25,000 or more. 2020 BVC will feature impressive speakers from across the country representing angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

APPLY

This year’s conference will feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Impact and Early Stage. The application period is open now through Thursday, August 13th 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 and are close to “proof of concept.” They are pre-revenue (or very early-revenue) and are in the process of testing their product in the market. To apply, click here.

We continue to monitor COVID-19 guidelines and precautions and will announce more details on both the in-person and digital options available to both attendees and presenters.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in its 17th year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past six years, more than $11 million has been invested in 38 companies as a result of the conference. This year’s conference will take place both in person in Bend, Oregon, and virtually online on October 15-16, 2020, 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