The Bend Venture Conference, hosted by EDCO, is the largest Angel Conference in the Pacific Northwest.
Over 600 attendees, 50 prominent investors, and 89 companies joined us for a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation. Investment, awards, and prizes of close to $4 million opened the opportunity for multiple winners at the 2016 conference!
At the 2016 BVC, there were three categories of competition, Early Stage, Growth Stage, and Social Impact with five finalists (companies) selected in each category.
- Growth Stage Competition – this category is open to companies that have a proven concept, have generated initial revenues and are prepared to scale quickly with investment. Companies can be located anywhere in the U.S.
- Early Stage Competition – this category is open to companies that have a great idea and are close to “proof of concept.” They are pre-revenue (or very early) and are in the process of testing their product in the market. Companies must be located in Central Oregon.
- Social Impact Competition – this NEW category includes for-profit companies, whose business models are integrated with a mission to have a significant and measurable social or environmental impact. Companies should be aiming to generate long-term enterprise value and attractive returns on capital. Companies must be located in Oregon.
The Bend Venture Fund, LLC is a private investment vehicle established annually to help finance the most promising business startups emerging from the event each year. Participation in the fund is by invitation only and limited to accredited investors. In 2016, the fund raised over $240K and allocated $140K to Hubb and $100K to RFPIO. In 2016, a second LLC, the BVC Social Impact LLC was established. In its first year the fund raised over $100k and allocated $50k to Hemex Health and $50k to OpConnect. (An additional $3.56 million in funds was committed to finalists from other institutional and private sources).
The iconic Tower Theatre sets the stage for the BVC
As Oregon’s largest angel conference, BVC takes place in downtown Bend at the historic Tower Theatre creating a high level of entrepreneurial activity and energy. Throughout the day attendees hear company pitches, breakaway for lunch to continue high level networking at nearby restaurants and take an active role in voting to determine the Early Stage winner.
Having BVC in the heart of Bend is also tradition. The conference has been held at the Tower Theatre since its inception in 2004. After more than a decade, attendees and participants are eager each year to see how the conference will be bigger and better than the previous years.
BVC Dine Around Locations
BVC Lodging Partners and EDCO Members
$109- Property View, $119- River View
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