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Radian Weapons Announces New Location in Redmond

FIREARM MANUFACTURER RADIAN WEAPONS, ANNOUNCES NEW LOCATION IN REDMOND, HIRING MULTIPLE POSITIONS

BEND, OR (November 16, 2017) – Salem-based Radian Weapons recently announced plans to move their production facility and headquarter operations to Redmond, OR. They are currently in the process of hiring multiple positions to round out their new facility, with start dates as early as December.

After searching for years for a new, expanded facility, Radian Weapons chose to relocate to Redmond based on the breadth of workforce, available manufacturing space, and the quality of life the region has to offer – many of the same reasons three-million people vacation in Central Oregon annually.

“Ultimately, Redmond came out as the best place to relocate our operations to,” Joshua Underwood, CEO of Radian Weapons. “Growing up visiting Central Oregon as a kid, it was always a goal to one day live here. After seeing the manufacturing and arms ecosystem that is emerging, we knew we wanted to be a part of it. And being able to hire passionate residents that live our company’s lifestyle was a must.”

Founded in 2009 as AXTS Weapons Systems, Radian Weapons manufactures innovative rifle accessories, including the Raptor charging handle and Talon safety, and now complete high end AR15s. Radian prides itself on delivering innovative products that are made to the highest possible manufacturing standards.

The quality of their manufacturing has attracted buyers from across the globe. This new facility will allow Radian Weapons to expand their production to better meet the demand they’ve had over the last few years. In addition to the jobs that are currently posted on their website, Radian Weapons plan to hire up to twelve new positions in the next twelve months.

“We’re truly excited to have Radian Weapons join our existing mix of companies in this sector,” said Jon Stark, REDI’s Senior Director. “The high quality products they manufacture are well-renowned in their industry and we’re proud to be able to say they’re Made in Redmond.”

 

THIRD-ANNUAL CIVIL WAR RALLY & AUCTION RAISES $190,000

Funds Will Support Kids, Families and Economic Opportunities for All

BEND, OR.  (November 15, 2017) – Last week Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) teamed up to host the Third Annual Civil War Rally & Auction, raising more than $190,000 to support our kids, our families and economic opportunities for all. The event, held at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes, brought business leaders, parents, community members, coaches, players, and alumni together for a night of spirited rivalry and fundraising in support of the two non-profits.

EDCO and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend believe that successful economic development begins with healthy families and kids. The foundation of healthy families is gainful employment. Together, they form a strong partnership that fulfills the promise of a thriving community. BGCB’s youth development programs ensure that the economic opportunities EDCO creates today will be met by the emerging workforce of tomorrow.

With the help of sponsors, volunteers, staff, partners, talent, donors, and 450 attendees, The Riverhouse on the Deschutes was transformed into a football stadium, complete with the energy and excitement of the Civil War game. Event highlights included over 200 live and silent auction items, gourmet tailgating food, referee auctioneers, on-field announcers and sportscasters, field turf and sponsor box seats, Summit High School Pep Band, emcees Meg Sinclair and Evan Dickens, on-field Reporter Shanan Kelley, former University of Oregon Running Backs Coach Gary Campbell, and so much more.

“As we reflect on the Civil War Rally’s third year, we are blown away by the community’s support. There is a level of dedication and energy around this event we rarely see elsewhere,” said Roger Lee, Executive Director for EDCO. “A huge thanks to everyone involved. This is truly a collaborative venture.”

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend are thankful for the generosity of our community and sponsors during the Civil War Rally,” noted Amanda Gow, Executive Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend. “We are proud to offer safe, supportive, outcome-driven programs to the youth in our community which we would not be able to provide without this incredible event!”

About the Partnership
Successful economic development creates a strong base of middle-class jobs and a diverse, stable economy. It also begins with healthy families and kids who have the support they need to secure careers and pursue their education. Together, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) form a natural partnership that fulfills this promise of a thriving community.

The BGCB provides parents with quality, affordable youth development programs after school and all summer long so they can go to work confident their kids are in a safe positive and caring environment where they can learn and grow. Boys & Girls Clubs’ academic success and career readiness programs are preparing the next generation for higher education as well as the nation’s workforce. It is a long-term investment and one that ensures the economic opportunities EDCO creates today will be met by the emerging workforce of tomorrow.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) seeks to enable and inspire all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. At their two locations, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend offers youth ages 5-18 life-changing programs, focusing on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Character & Citizenship. For more information, visit www.bgcbend.org.

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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

For Press Inquiries:
Elise Rossman
Director of Marketing and Communications, EDCO
541.388.3236 x6
elise@edcoinfo.com

Shawn Manon
Marketing & Stewardship Director, Boys & Girls Club of Bend
541.617.2877 x5
smanon@bgcbend.org

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END THE YEAR ON A HIGH NOTE: EDCO’S FINAL PUBTALK OF THE YEAR IS NEXT THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16

END THE YEAR ON A HIGH NOTE EDCO’S FINAL PUBTALK OF THE YEAR IS NEXT THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 FEATURING DAN VETRAS of KOLLECTIVE TECHNOLOGY, GLASSHOUSE GROWN, PIXYPICS

BEND, OR (November 7, 2017)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) just announced the speakers for the final PubTalk of 2017 on Thursday, November 16, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk is a happy hour aimed at bringing together different facets of the business community in one place to network, share ideas and further local businesses. Where Beers and Business Collide!

Keynote Speaker

Dan Vetras, CEO Kollective Technology

Dan Vetras has over 30 years of experience in business and technology leadership roles. As CEO of Kollective, he oversees day-to-day operations globally and is actively involved in building long-term relationships with their customer base. Prior to joining Kollective, Dan was President and CEO of Visible Technologies, a leader in social media intelligence solutions, where he doubled the overall business and opened European operations. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Talisma Corporation, President and CEO of Captura Software and he also served IBM as Vice President of worldwide consumer software sales upon its acquisition of Edmark Corporation. He also spent seven years in sales management and business development positions at Lotus Development Corporation/IBM in Philadelphia, London, Boston, and Seattle.

The largest, most successful, global companies in the world trust Kollective’s Smart Peering technology. Their innovative platform makes producing large-scale live-streaming events and software upgrades possible using peer-to-peer technology, cutting bandwidth usage for over  4.5 million users globally.

Company Pitches

Christian Rea, Founder & CEO PixyPics
PixyPics is a website where you can create unique, customizable photo gifts. They’re giving 20% of profits to charities as the first b-corp in the photography industry.

Lindsey Pate, Founder & CEO Glass House Grown
Glass House Grown produce high-quality medical cannabis following strict protocols rooted in scientific method to ensure products are not only safe, but also provide full medical benefits.

Company Update

Shape
Shape.io (previously Steady Budget)’s flexible software platform syncs with data from Google Adwords, BingAds, Facebook Ads and LinkedIn Ads to create solutions for digital marketers.

Agenda
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Networking – Drinks and appetizers
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Company Presentations
6:45 pm to 7:30 pm Keynote Speaker Presentation

Cost and Registration
$25 EDCO & OEN Members
$35 Non-Members
Become an EDCO Member here.
Admission includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda).

Title Sponsors

The Bend Venture Conference Awards $1.65 Million To Eight Companies

 

THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE AWARDS OVER $7,600,000 IN LAST FOUR YEARS, WITH $1,650,000 IN FUNDING FOR 2017

Eight Companies Across Three Competition Categories Take Home Investments & Cash Prizes

 

BEND, OR – October 20, 2017 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) hosted the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) to a sold-out crowd at the Tower Theatre in Downtown Bend. Over the past two days, 14 companies presented their ideas to over 600 attendees in hopes of gaining investments from prominent funds. Of those 14 finalists, eight companies walked away with funding totaling $1,650,000 in both investments and cash prizes. Side investment deals are still being finalized.

Over the past four years, the Bend Venture Conference has awarded more than $7,600,000 million to 30 companies, completely reinventing Oregon’s angel and venture investor landscape. This year’s award breakdown is as follows:

 

Growth Stage Competition

The Growth Stage competition, which included companies that have a proven concept and initial revenues, had five different winners.

  • Winners of BVC, LLC, Investment Awards*:
    • LeadMethod (Bend, OR), creator of the first channel revenue optimization software, was awarded an investment of $110,000+.
    • Handful (Wilsonville, OR), the creators of flattering, versatile lifestyle products for women, was awarded a secondary investment of $100,000.
  • Winners of Business Oregon Awards:
    • Drone Complier (Portland, OR), providing government compliance management solutions to companies in the Drone Industry, was awarded $200,000.
    • Levrum (Corvallis, OR), BVC semi-finalists and creators of a program that more efficiently deploys emergency services, was awarded $175,000.
    • LeadMethod received an additional $150,000.
    • InvestiPro (Bend, OR), creators of a cloud-based, fully-automated workplace investigation platform, was awarded $150,000.
  • Winner of Cascade Angels Fund Investment Award:
    • LeadMethod was awarded an additional $175,000.
  • Winner of an Elevate Capital, Credo Investments & TiE Oregon Award:
    • Handful received an additional $250,000.
  • Winners of Portland Seed Fund Investment Awards:
    • LeadMethod received an additional $50,000.
    • Handful received an additional $50,000.
    • Drone Complier received an additional $25,000.

*The investment arm of the conference, BVC, LLC, awarded the Growth Stage investments following considerable due diligence of each of the five presenting finalists. The investment included $10,000 from Oregon Community Foundation and $25,000 from Oregon Growth Account. Investments are still being finalized, with the final amounts to be announced in the coming months.

 

Social Impact Competition

The Social Impact competition, which included for-profit companies with an integrated social or environmental mission, had one winner awarded by the Social Impact LLC. This is the third award given by the Social Impact LLC in two years.

  • Winner of Social Impact, LLC, Investment Award*:
    • Green Theme International (Portland, OR), creators of sustainable and water-free textile and fabric finishing techniques, was awarded $110,000+.

*The social impact investment arm of the conference awarded an investment following considerable due diligence of each of the four presenting finalists. This investment included $25,000 from Oregon Growth Account and $15,000 from Craft3. Investments are still being finalized, with the final amount to be announced in the coming months.

 

Early Stage Competition

  • Winner of the BendBroadband Business Early Stage Competition:
    • BladeRunner Energy (Bend, OR) won the $17,500 BendBroadband Business Early Stage cash award. For this competition, conference attendees voted on the company they believed could benefit the most from the money. BladeRunner Energy creates a micro-hydro technology based on biomimicry that harnesses renewable energy from the natural flow of water.
  • Winner of a Business Oregon Award:
    • BVC Finalist Voilà (Bend, OR) was awarded $85,000. Voilà creates specialty instant coffee sourced from top US roasters, delivered monthly.

Over half of the BVC’s presenting companies received funding. The event’s two big winners receiving the most in funding are LeadMethod, walking away with over $485,000, and Handful receiving $400,000.

“The Bend Venture Conference continues to evolve and advance Central Oregon as a great place for startups and entrepreneurs. The quality of companies that continue to apply and present at BVC is overwhelming,” said Brian Vierra, EDCO’s Venture Catalyst. “Over the past four years, we’ve announced numerous winners – almost all our finalists are ending up with some type of funding or mentoring as a result of the conference. Our goal is to move all these companies towards the next step in their lifecycle.”

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. More than 600 attendees, six funds, 32 prominent investors, and 89 companies participated in 2016’s conference, where nearly $4 million was invested in 10 companies.

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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

2017 Title Sponsors:

BVC Early Stage Award Sponsor:

 

EDCO Announces the Final Four Social Impact Companies to Advance to the Bend Venture Conference

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE FINAL FOUR SOCIAL IMPACT COMPANIES TO ADVANCE TO THE 2017 BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE
To Present on the Tower Theatre Stage Thursday, October 19

BEND, OR (October 4, 2017) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the Final Four Social Impact Companies to advance to the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) in Downtown Bend on Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20, 2017. Last year, companies in the Social Impact category won prizes ranging from $50,000 to $100,000.

The Social Impact Competition, which includes for-profit companies whose business models are integrated with a social or environmental mission, will take place at the Tower Theatre Thursday, October 19. Tickets can be purchased for the Social Impact Competition only, or for the entire conference, here.

In alphabetical order, the Four Social Impact finalists are:

  1. Diatomix (Beaverton, OR) – A bioengineered photocatalytic technology that actively and continuously improves indoor air quality.
  2. eWind Solutions (Beaverton, OR) – A renewable airborne wind energy company utilizing a rigid wing kite to produce energy.
  3. Green Theme International (Portland, OR) – The next generation in textile performance in durability, value and environmental sustainability with their clean chemistry and water free solution.
  4. InPipe Energy (Portland, OR) – Creates a new source of clean electricity, helps improve the economics of water management and reduces carbon emissions.

“We’re entering our second year of the Social Impact Competition, and are looking forward to seeing what these Oregon companies bring to the stage,” said Brian Vierra, EDCO’s Venture Catalyst. “They are solid, investable companies in a wide range of industries, all looking to make a social impact in their respective fields.”

Hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), this year’s BVC will once again feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Early Stage, and Social Impact. Last year, nearly $4 million in funding was awarded to ten companies.

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. More than 600 attendees, six funds, 32 prominent investors, and 89 companies participated in 2016’s conference, where nearly $4 million was invested in 10 companies.

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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

2017 Title Sponsors:

bvctitlespnsrs

EDCO Announces the Top Five Early Stage Finalists to Present At the Bend Venture Conference

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE FIVE EARLY STAGE FINALISTS TO PRESENT AT
THE 14TH ANNUAL BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE OCTOBER 19-20

Finalists Chosen During Last Night’s Sold Out PubTalk

BEND, OR (September 29, 2017) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the Top Five Early Stage finalists to present at the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20, on the iconic Tower Theatre stage in Downtown Bend.

The Early Stage competition includes companies from Central Oregon 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 on Friday, October 20th, with the winner receiving a $17,500 cash grant, courtesy of BendBroadband Business.

In alphabetical order, the five Early Stage finalists, all from Central Oregon, are:

  1. BladeRunner Energy – A micro-hydro technology based on biomimicry that harnesses renewable energy from the natural flow of water.
  2. Mission Limelight – Empowers non-profits and commercial enterprises to maximize their marketing, fundraising and social impact.
  3. Tribe Pilot – A social tool to plan outdoor adventure.
  4. Voilà – Specialty instant coffee from top US roasters, delivered monthly.
  5. Wildish – Makers of outdoorsy gear for outsidey people.

“The quality of the Early Stage companies that pitched last night was clear evidence of the explosion in entrepreneurial activity that Bend has witnessed in recent years,” said Brian Vierra, EDCO’s Venture Catalyst. “We had broad industry representation as well, which is a sign of a healthy ecosystem. Everything from blockchain technology to consumer product startups were on display.”

Since 2011, BendBroadband Business has sponsored the Early Stage Competition Prize, this year increasing the cash prize to an impressive $17,500.

Hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), this year’s BVC will once again feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Early Stage and Social Impact. Last year, nearly $4 million in funding was awarded to ten companies.

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. More than 600 attendees, six funds, 32 prominent investors, and 89 companies participated in 2016’s conference, where nearly $4 million was invested in 10 companies.

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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

BVC Title Sponsors:

BVC Early Stage Award Sponsor

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE FIVE GROWTH STAGE FINALISTS TO PRESENT AT THE 14TH ANNUAL BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE OCTOBER 19-20

BEND, OR (September 28, 2017) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the Top Five Growth Stage finalists to present at the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20 on the iconic Tower Theatre stage in Downtown Bend.

The Growth Stage Competition, which includes companies that have a proven concept, have generated initial revenues, and are prepared to scale quickly with investment, will take place on Friday, October 20th. Last year, companies in the Growth Stage category won prizes ranging from $100,000 to $1,750,000.

In alphabetical order, the five Growth Stage finalists are:

  1. Drone Complier (Portland, OR) – Provides government compliance management solutions integrated with field services to companies entering or growing in the Drone Industry.
  2. Handful (Wilsonville, OR) – Lifestyle products for women that are flattering, versatile and feel great no matter what life throws your way.
  3. InvestiPro (Bend, OR) – The first fully-automated application for conducting effective and compliant internal workplace investigations.
  4. LeadMethod Bend, OR – The first Channel Revenue Optimization software to get channel partner engagement and feedback in order to increase revenue.
  5. Tripgrid (Portland, OR) – Travel management simplified. Tripgrid fixes the complexity of travel planning by providing a simple, intuitive workspace.

“Our 2017 Growth Stage finalists have gone through three rounds of cuts, resulting in a compelling group of companies that span both digital and consumer products, covering industries from UAV and HR to Manufacturing and Travel,” said Brian Vierra, EDCO’s Venture Catalyst. “Our expectation is that these companies will generate interest from the investment community, with several potentially receiving awards.”

Hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), this year’s BVC will once again feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Early Stage and Social Impact. Last year, nearly $4 million in funding was awarded to ten companies.

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. More than 600 attendees, six funds, 32 prominent investors, and 89 companies participated in 2016’s conference, where nearly $4 million was invested in 10 companies.

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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

2017 Title Sponsors:

Top Ten BVC Early Stage Semi-Finalists Just Announced, To Present at PubTalk Sept. 28

EDCO’S BIGGEST PUBTALK OF THE YEAR SEPTEMBER 28th WHERE
TEN EARLY STAGE SEMI-FINALISTS COMPETE FOR A SPOT ON THE BVC STAGE

BEND, OR (September 13, 2017) – Economic Development for Central Oregon‘s (EDCO) next PubTalk, the biggest of 2017, will take place Thursday, September 28th, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. This PubTalk will feature ten Bend Venture Conference (BVC) Early Stage semi-finalists competing, with audience input, for a spot on the BVC stage October 20th. Tickets for PubTalk are on sale now and available here.

The ten Early Stage semi-finalists were selected yesterday after a full-day of company pitches during BVC’s Upstart Day. Upstart Day is an annual part of the BVC process, where Early Stage companies are given the opportunity to pitch in front of experts and investors, while both being judged on the content of their pitch and receiving important feedback needed for advancing their ventures.

In alphabetical order, the Ten Early Stage semi-finalists (all from Central Oregon) advancing to compete at the September 28th PubTalk are:

  1. BladeRunner Energy – A micro-hydro technology based on biomimicry that harnesses renewable energy from the natural flow of water.
  2. kidcareshare – A social network for parent communities to instantly schedule and trade carpools, play dates and care.
  3. Mission Limelight – Empowers non-profits and commercial enterprises to maximize their marketing, fundraising and social impact.
  4. Ockam – A blockchain based platform to solve systemic security and interoperability problems in all IOT devices.
  5. Snappy Sitters – Matches reliable and capable sitters with busy families who have extremely high standards.
  6. Tread & Butter – Intentionally-designed cork insoles for sport, work and outdoors.
  7. Tribe Pilot – A social tool to plan outdoor adventure.
  8. Voilà – Specialty instant coffee from top US roasters, delivered monthly.
  9. Wildish – Makers of outdoorsy gear for outsidey people.
  10. Wingo – The first truly ergonomic cases for tablets and smartphones to alleviate pain, prevent injury, and substantially increase comfort.

As mentioned, these Early Stage semi-finalists will pitch against each other for a spot on the BVC stage. During PubTalk the audience vote, along with an expert panel, will determine the five companies that advance to BVC October 19-20, so attendance is key.

With the largest crowd of the year, the action will be live-streamed throughout multiple rooms at McMenamins. Don’t wait to secure your seats – tickets are going fast and this event will sell out.

Since 2011, BendBroadband Business has sponsored the Early Stage competition. This year, the cash award has increased to an impressive $17,500 for the BVC Early Stage winner.

Hosted by EDCO, this year’s BVC will once again feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Early Stage and Social Impact. Last year, nearly $4 million in funding was awarded to ten companies. The finalists for all three categories will be announced in the weeks leading up to the Bend Venture Conference, October 19-20, 2017.

PubTalk Agenda – Sept. 28
5:00 pm to 5:45 pm Networking
5:45 pm to 8:00 pm Early Stage semi-finalist presentations, voting & announcement of finalists

PubTalk Cost and Registration
$25 EDCO & OEN Members (Become a member here)
$35 Non-Members
Cost includes appetizers and a beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda)

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. More than 600 attendees, six funds, 32 prominent investors, and 89 companies participated in 2016’s conference, where nearly $4 million was invested in 10 companies.

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
Economic Development for Central Oregon (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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

EDCO Announces Top Ten Social Impact Bend Venture Conference Semi-Finalists

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE TOP TEN SOCIAL IMPACT COMPANIES
TO ADVANCE AS PART OF THE 2017 BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE
Early Stage Semi-Finalists To Be Announced Next Week

BEND, OR (September 8, 2017) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the Top Ten Social Impact Companies to advance to the next round for the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) taking place Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20. These companies have one additional round of cuts before they have the chance to present on the historic Tower Theatre stage in Downtown Bend. Last year, companies in the Social Impact category won prizes ranging from $50,000 to $100,000.

These ten Social Impact semi-finalists were selected Thursday after review by a panel of fund and individual investor experts. The Social Impact Competition, which includes for-profit companies whose business models are integrated with a social or environmental mission, will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, October 19. Tickets can be purchased for the Social Impact Competition only, or for the entire conference, here.

In alphabetical order, the Ten Social Impact semi-finalists are:

  1. Curadite, Inc. (Portland, OR) – A simple, flexible, reliable, 4G LTE cellular medication adherence platform leveraging disposable medication packaging to improve outcomes and lower costs.
  2. Diatomix (Beaverton, OR) – A bioengineered photocatalytic technology that actively and continuously improves indoor air quality.
  3. eWind Solutions (Beaverton, OR) – A renewable airborne wind energy company utilizing a rigid wing kite to produce energy.
  4. Focal Technologies, Inc. (Portland, OR) – A technology to focus heat and UV from the sun to break down organic contaminants in water and soil.
  5. Garden Bar (Portland, OR) – A salad-centric, fast casual restaurant concept specializing in healthy and convenient meals, made with fresh and high-quality ingredients.
  6. Green Theme International (Portland, OR) – The next generation in textile performance in durability, value and environmental sustainability with clean chemistry and a water free solution.
  7. InPipe Energy (Portland, OR) – Creates a new source of clean electricity, helps improve the economics of water management and reduces carbon emissions.
  8. Paid To Go LLC (Corvallis, OR) – Makes active commutes and exercise fun and rewarding.
  9. ScoutSavvy (Portland, OR) – Community-Powered Diversity Career Connection Network
  10. The Renewal Workshop (Cascade Locks, OR) – A new kind of apparel company that makes discarded clothing and textiles into something new.

Hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), this year’s BVC will once again feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Early Stage and Social Impact. Last year, nearly $4 million in funding was awarded to ten companies. The finalists for all three categories will be announced in the weeks leading up to the Bend Venture Conference, October 19-20, 2017.

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. More than 600 attendees, six funds, 32 prominent investors, and 89 companies participated in 2016’s conference, where nearly $4 million was invested in 10 companies.

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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

2017 Title Sponsors:

bvctitlespnsrs

Press Contact
Brian Vierra
Venture Catalyst, EDCO
541.388.3236 x5
brian@edcoinfo.com

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EDCO ANNOUNCES THE TOP TEN GROWTH STAGE COMPANIES TO ADVANCE AS PART OF THE 2017 BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE TOP TEN GROWTH STAGE COMPANIES TO ADVANCE AS PART OF THE 2017 BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE

Social Impact Semi-Finalists To Be Announced Friday
Early Stage Semi-Finalists To Be Announced Next Week

BEND, OR (September 7, 2017) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the Top Ten companies to advance to the next round of the Growth Stage Competition for the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) to be held Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20. These companies are one step closer to becoming one of the five finalists that will present on the historic Tower Theatre stage in Downtown Bend. Last year, companies in the Growth Stage category won prizes ranging from $100,000 to $1,750,000.

“The applicants competing in the Growth Stage category this year are some of the most compelling we’ve had. The vetting process hasn’t been easy,” said Brian Vierra, EDCO’s Venture Catalyst. “With two companies in the Top Ten from Bend, one from Seattle and one from California, the West is well represented.”

The ten Growth Stage semi-finalists were selected Wednesday evening after review by a panel of ten different funds and individual investor experts. These companies will advance to the next round of cuts, which will be announced at the end of September.

In alphabetical order, the Ten Growth Stage semi-finalists that will compete to make it through the next round of cuts are:

  1. Allumia (Seattle, WA) – Provides energy efficiency as a service to commercial and industrial buildings: eliminating risk and capital expense for customers and generating ongoing returns for investors.
  2. DesignMedix (Portland, OR) – Develops drugs to overcome drug resistance in multiple diseases, with a malaria drug ready for human trials, to be sponsored by the NIH.
  3. Drone Complier (Portland, OR) – Provides government compliance management solutions integrated with field services to companies entering or growing in the Drone Industry.
  4. Handful (Wilsonville, OR) – Lifestyle products for women that are flattering, versatile and feel great no matter what life throws your way.
  5. InvestiPro (Bend, OR) – The first fully-automated application for conducting effective and compliant internal workplace investigations.
  6. LeadMethod Bend, OR – The first Channel Revenue Optimization software to get channel partner engagement and feedback in order to increase revenue.
  7. Mogol Inc. (Portland, OR) – Connects cities and states to cars so they can control the flow of traffic without expensive roadside equipment.
  8. Tali (Portland, OR) – A voice-driven, hands-free productivity assistant powered by artificial intelligence that helps organizations become more productive and profitable.
  9. Tripgrid (Portland, OR) – Travel management simplified. Tripgrid fixes the complexity of travel planning by providing a simple, intuitive workspace.
  10. UbiquiOS Technology (Dublin, CA) – Provides low-cost wireless connectivity software for IoT applications.

Hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), this year’s BVC will once again feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Early Stage, and Social Impact. Last year, nearly $4 million in funding was awarded to ten companies. The semi-finalists for all three categories will be announced in the weeks leading up to the Bend Venture Conference, October 19-20, 2017.

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About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. More than 600 attendees, six funds, 32 prominent investors, and 89 companies participated in 2016’s conference, where nearly $4 million was invested in 10 companies.

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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

 

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