BendTECH Startup Resource Fair

BendTECH Coworking presents the first-annual Startup Resource Fair, scheduled for Wednesday, May 24 at the 1001 Tech Center.

What is it?

This fun-filled event puts all the resources you need to start or grow a business in one location. The fair features two dozen exhibitors, including:

  • Venture Capital, Angel Funds and Banks
  • Business/Founder Mentor Groups
  • Small Business Assistance Programs
  • Core Professional Services
  • Educational Organizations and Resources

For a full exhibitor list, see below.

Why do I need to go? 

You can conveniently connect with all of the best entrepreneurial resources that Central Oregon has to offer — all in one place, at one time.

What will happen at the fair? 

Basically tons of awesomeness. Each exhibitor will have a table, and attendees can walk the fair, meet and chat with each of them. In addition, the event will include:

  •  Short, informal presentations aka Free Advice from select exhibitors, offering up a quick bit of their expertise.
  • Experienced founders inside the BendTECH coworking space. Identified by “Ask a Founder” signage, attendees can glean advice from entrepreneurs who have already started their businesses.
  • An opportunity to tour the BendTECH coworking space, and check out the 1001 Tech Center, Bend’s hub of tech and startup activity.

How much does it cost? 

It’s FREE. As in zero dollars. But please thank our amazing sponsors for helping support this event so that it’s accessible to everyone. 

What if I want a beer?

Also FREE. Can you say best day ever? But there is a catch: To get a drink ticket, we need you to pre-register. You can do that here.

How do I register? 

Right here. 

Where do I park?

On the street, please. Don’t park in the MicroSemi lot or you will be towed.


Who is sponsoring this supportive, inspiring afternoon of entrepreneurship?

BendTECH organized this event, and the following organizations made the Startup Resource Fair a reality:

Event Details

WHEN: Wednesday May 24, 2017  4:00-7:00 PM

WHERE: 1001 Tech Center at 1001 Emkay Dr., Bend, OR 97702

Free advice presentations begin at 5 p.m. (schedule below)
Free admission
Free drink ticket w/ registration

Our Esteemed Exhibitors

  • Seven Peaks Ventures
  • Cascade Angels
  • Craft3
  • Summit Bank
  • Silicon Vally Bank
  • Economic Development of Central Oregon
  • Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • Business Oregon
  • Technology Association of Oregon
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Opportunity Knocks
  • Oregon Office of Small Business Assistance
  • Founder’s Pad
  • Karnopp Peterson
  • OSU-Cascades
  • Central Oregon STEM Hub
  • PayneWest Insurance
  • BBSI
  • StartupBend

Free Advice Schedule

Time  Topic, Speaker
5:00 Startup Legal 101, Karnopp Peterson,
5:10 Startup Financing Tips, Summit Bank
5:20 Startup Strategies for Success, Cascade Angels
5:30 Insurance Needs and Know-How, PayneWest
5:40 Tips for Creating Your Best Investor Pitch, Pam Stevenson
5:50 How to Hire Your First Employee, BBSI
6:00 Connecting with Schools, Oregon STEM
6:10 Government R&D Funding for Small Biz, Oregon BEST
6:20 Navigating Startup Health Insurance, Get Benefits
6:30 Avoiding Common Legal Mistakes, Kristin Scheel Downes

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