The 2016 BVC Winner: Hubb
A record ten companies received funding at the 2016 Bend Venture Conference and the big winner was Hubb, a SaaS platform for event management based out of Vancouver, Wash. They received four checks totaling $2,515,000. The complete list of winners can be found HERE.
2007 BVC Winner Update
The BVC, LLC Fund
The Bend Venture Conference, 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, limited to accredited investors. In 2015, the fund raised over $350K and allocated $225K to Odysys and $125K to Perfect Company (with more than $600K in additional funds committed to finalists from other institutional and private sources). It is anticipated that the 2016 fund should exceed historical investment levels, with all prospective transactions subject to due diligence.
* Bend Venture Conference cannot guarantee that investments will be made in any specific amount, because the final amounts to be awarded are dependent on investment commitments received from third party investors and the ability of the winning companies and the investors to agree on the terms and conditions of the investment.
2016 BVC, LLC Fund Manager, Jason M. Moyer
Jason M. Moyer has earned 20 years of relevant professional experience, attaining senior roles in executive management (e.g., President, COO, CFO, etc.), strategy development, business planning, corporate finance, and M&A. His exposure ranges from building startups to improving Fortune 500 organizations, including tenure with Intel Corporation, PacifiCorp, Planar Systems, Inc., and ReliaStar Financial Corp. During the past ten years, he’s led Cascadian Group, a respected venture development firm.
All considered, Moyer has been instrumental in collectively securing several hundred million dollars in diversely structured angel, bank, venture capital, and private equity financing commitments as a founder, officer, and/or board member. He holds a BS in Management plus an MBA.
2016 BVC Social Impact Fund Manager, Ryan Andrews
Ryan Andrews is the Fund Manager for the 2016 BVC Social Impact Fund. He has witnessed in the marketplace, and truly believes, companies with a core environmental and social impact will exhibit a persistent competitive advantage and create greater value for all stakeholders in the long term. Andrews brings 11 years of experience in finance, entrepreneurship, and investment management to the Fund Manager role. Currently, Andrews is a Partner and Financial Advisor at Cascade Financial Strategies (cascadefs.com), a boutique financial planning and investment firm specializing in Socially Responsible Investing. He is also a Principal at Trueline Capital (truelinecapital.com), a private residential construction lending fund where he oversees finance, accounting, and loan servicing.
Prior to these roles, he spent three years acting as a consultant and interim-CFO for several early stage companies in the technology, apparel, food/nutrition, and consumer products categories. Andrews has worked with several companies that are B-Corporations or that specialize in social impact products and business models. He continues to consult with interesting companies on an ad-hoc basis.
Andrews spent four years on Pacific Investment Management Company’s (PIMCO) Foundations & Endowments team where he saw first hand the shift of institutional assets to Socially Responsible Investments that aligned with organizational values. Prior to this role, he spent time abroad working in Micro-finance in East Africa. He has a degree in Finance from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Andrews is 33 years old and is an avid outdoorsman and athlete.
EDCO’s Venture Catalyst, Brian Vierra
Economic Development for Central Oregon’s (EDCO) Venture Catalyst program was proposed in 2006 by local business leaders Dan Hobin and Nori Juba and championed by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. With Wyden’s help, a $232,750 federal appropriations grant was secured in late 2009 for a three-year pilot program to boost creation of new scalable traded-sector businesses in Central Oregon. Brian Vierra is EDCO’s current Venture Catalyst.
The Venture Catalyst helps promising, scalable young companies through active coaching and guidance. A ‘Stable of Experts’ database extends that activity by pairing early stage companies with local volunteer technical, legal, financial, managerial and other talent.