Category Archives: Funding

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 […]

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 […]

Texagon Makes First Oregon Investment in LeadMethod

There’s been a lot of fundraising happening in Bend lately. And now we have a new addition to the investor pool. Texagon Capital, a private equity firm based in Bend and Houston, recently made its first investment in an Oregon-based company by funding LeadMethod, one of our #50startups. The Bend-based startup provides channel sales management […]

Elemental Acquisition is First BVC Exit

Unless you inhabit a cave (no judgement) you probably heard last week that Elemental was acquired by Amazon Web Services. It was a fantastic milestone for Portland, marking the city’s first really big acquisition of a technology company in eight years. It was also the first exit for BVC investors since the conference LLC began […]

Cascade Angels Invests $100k in Bend-Based Odysys

Cascade Angels Fund announced today that it has invested $100,000 in Bend-based start-up Odysys, Inc. (one of our #50startups). According to the news release, the Cascade Angels team was impressed with the Odysys platform, which helps independent hotels improve their digital marketing efforts. The company launched its product this spring and is already generating revenue. “We […]