Category Archives: Startups

Maps + Computers + Beer = MapNight

Join us for MapNight @ BendTECH 11/18 5pm, a local event for GIS Day, a global celebration! What is GIS? Unless you are kicking it old school with a handwritten dead-tree map, most of the maps we use today on smartphones, computers, and even printed, are a result of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). We can use a GIS like Google Maps to find our way around, but it can do much more. Besides being a killer data visualization tool, GIS basically makes the world a complex quilt of data that can be layered, explored, analyzed, and put to good use in decision making and planning. A spectrum of users from students to journalists, firefighters, business leaders, oceanographers, and many more use GIS every day, working towards a better […]

E::Space Labs Hosts Grand Opening Oct. 18

If you have an interest in engineering or a hardware product you’ve been wanting to create, then we’ve got just the place for you. E::Space Labs, a new membership-based engineering lab in Bend , is hosting an open house from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 18. The lab provides hardware designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, startups […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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: […]