BendTECH puts the “un” in “unconference” for ten years running.

Celebrate BendTECH unConference’s Tenth Anniversary with Cash Prizes, Free Beer and Kombucha, Cowbells and More

BendTECH’s unconference is turning 10! Come celebrate our fun startup pitchfest on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, at BendTECH’s HQ at 1001 SW Emkay in Bend, Oregon.


The unConference gives startup founders a chance to pitch their business ideas and win cash prizes based on an audience vote. For those not pitching, there will be free raffle prizes donated by local businesses, free beer, free kombucha, free cowbells—which we expect and hope to be used to excess—and a lot of fun.


As the flagship event of BendTECH coworking—a coworking space for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and startups—we take pride that the unConference is a low-tech pitch fest, with no power points, no lengthy presentations, and, hopefully, no stress. There are 16 pitch spots, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. (Heads-up to anyone hoping to pitch their business: founders have been showing up early in years past to snag a spot.)


Entrants are given three minutes to pitch their business, while the audience listens and asks questions. Everyone in attendance casts a vote, and winners will be announced by 4:30 p.m. All manner of entrepreneurs, including students, are welcome—it’s not just tech. In fact, it’s usually way more than tech.


The unConference began 10 years ago as a fun way to kick-off Bend Venture Conference week. It’s a celebration of how entrepreneurship begins—with ideas—and a great chance for entrepreneurs to get feedback, make connections and potentially win some cash to further their ideas.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, the unConference can once again offer cash prizes to the winners. This year, founders can compete for the following prizes:


  • First place: $2,500
  • Second place: $1,000
  • Third place: $500


Want to pitch?

Any startup founder or aspiring founder can sign up to pitch. Once you have your spot, you’re given a microphone, three minutes and the rapt attention of more than a hundred interested audience members.


In the spirit of unConference, please, please, please don’t ask to show a deck.


Sign-ups to pitch are first come, first served. You can sign up beginning at 2 p.m., though sometimes a line forms early. The spots do fill up quickly, so plan accordingly!


Want to be in the audience?

RSVP for FREE on Eventbrite.


Once registered, you’ll receive a ticket for a free beer or kombucha. Then, you can grab a free cowbell, ring it, cheer, show the people pitching some love, maybe win a raffle prize, and maybe make a friend!




Tuesday, Oct. 15


Thump @ 1001 Tech Center

1001 SW Emkay, Bend, OR


Pitch slots assigned at 2 p.m.

Pitches start at 2:30 p.m.

Winner announced at 4:30 p.m.


Event is free


More info at and


A big thanks to our generous sponsors!


Premier Sponsor

First Interstate Bank


Underwriting Sponsor

City of Bend


Supporting Sponsors

  • Business Oregon
  • Fatbeam
  • Price Fronk
  • District II East, LLC
  • ADL Software Foundation
  • St. Charles Health System
  • Humm Kombucha
  • 1001 Tech Center
  • 10Barrel Brewing


We look forward to seeing you there!