Meet the 5 Growth Stages Finalists For BVC

Hang onto your hats. Because Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), host of the Bend Venture Conference (BVC), announced today the five growth stage companies that will pitch at the conference later this month. The startups are vying for $500,000 in investments and cash prizes. The BVC investors selected the five finalists from a pool of […]

SteadyBudget dashboard.

#50startups: SteadyBudget Closes Seed Round, Hires Devs and Sales

Want to see Bend’s fledgling startup ecosystem working? Keep reading. We resume our #50startups project with SteadyBudget, a budgeting tool for PPC analysts, started by former G5 staffer Jon Davis. That’s alum from one startup starting another. Like they do. SteadyBudget just closed its seed round of funding and is focused on growing its customer base. They’re […]

Get Your Tix for the “What Builds Bend” Event Thursday

Well, looks like you have plans on Thursday night. Built Oregon, a digital magazine featuring Oregon entrepreneurs and companies, is hosting a panel discussion in Bend highlighting several local businesses. The event, “What Builds Bend? Why Craft is Good Business in Central Oregon,” features company leaders from HydroFlask, Kialoa Paddles, Boneyard Brewing and Pacific Superfood […]

Guess What? You Can Now Order a kidRunner

We have a fun update from one of our #50startups: KidRunner recently announced that you can now pre-order a kidRunner — essentially a hands-free, pull-behind-you jogging stroller. After years of R&D and hundreds of miles of test runs and that one time Max King won a race pulling his daughter in a kidRunner, the company […]

PubTalk emcee Julie Harrelson getting "debooted."

Meet the 5 BVC Early Stage Finalists

Well that was fun. Ten startups pitched their business ideas to a packed EDCO PubTalk at McMenamins tonight. The crowd weighed in and now five will present in the early stage competition at the upcoming Bend Venture Conference. They’re vying for a $15,000 prize donated by BendBroadband ($5k more than last year). The finalists are: […]


Volcano Veggies Wins $26k from Wells Fargo Works Project

As we blogged here back in July, last year’s BVC concept stage winner and aquaponics startup Volcano Veggies was in the running for the Wells Fargo Works Project. On the line was $26,000 in cash and mentorship from Wells Fargo advisors, catered to the winning company’s business needs. Volcano Veggies prevailed as one of the five […]