Category Archives: Economic Development

Bend Bioscience Event & New Website

Some of Bend’s most exciting startups are in the bioscience field, and the bioscience startup cluster recently rechristened itself the Bend Bioscience Consortium. Their goal is to connect and cultivate the sector in Central Oregon and launched their new website,, to that end. Bend Bio will hold its Spring Event at the OSU-Cascades’ Graduate & Research Center […]

SOAR Oregon Launches New Site for UAS Test Ranges

When it comes to testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Oregon is geographically rich, boasting forested valleys, farmland, rivers, ocean beaches, large dry-land agricultural sites, bays, and a mountain peak reaching 10,000 feet. SOAR Oregon has highlighted three primary test ranges along with their locations and capabilities on their new website ( Here’s a quick highlight […]

Cascade Angels to Announce 2015 Fund at BVC

With its inaugural fund now closed, Cascade Angels plans to announce its 2015 fund at Friday’s Bend Venture Conference. “We have many great start-ups in Central Oregon and across the state”, says Julie Harrelson, Cascade Angels Fund Manager. “A fund such as Cascade Angels 2015, LLC makes a strong contribution to putting Central Oregon on […]

ICYMI: These 5 Startups Will Pitch at BVC

Bend was a flurry of startup love last night as 10 founders pitched their concept-stage ideas to a packed PubTalk house. The event sold out and more than 300 people watched the pitches from three separate rooms at McMenamins downtown. The startup founders were vying for a chance to present at the Bend Venture Conference, and ultimately win $10,000 for their businesses. The audience voted on five to move forward.