The Bend Venture Conference, hosted by EDCO, is the largest Angel Conference in the Pacific Northwest.
Last year, over 600 attendees, 50 prominent investors, and over 70 companies joined us for a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation. Investments, awards, and prizes of over $1.83 million opened the opportunity for multiple winners at the 2017 conference!
The 2018 Bend Venture Conference will feature three competition categories: Early Stage, Growth Stage, and 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.
- Impact Competition – this 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 can be located anywhere in the U.S.
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 2017, the fund raised over $210K, allocating $110K to LeadMethod and $100K to Handful. The BVC Social Impact Fund LLC awarded over $110K to Green Theme International. (An additional $1.51 million in funds were committed to finalists from other institutional and private sources).
The iconic Tower Theatre sets the stage for the BVC
As the largest angel conference in the West, BVC takes place in beautiful downtown Bend at the historic Tower Theatre, creating a high level of entrepreneurial activity and energy. Throughout the day attendees hear company pitches, break away 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 part of the tradition. The conference has been held at the Tower Theatre since its inception in 2004. After thirteen years, attendees and participants are still eager to see how the conference evolves – becoming bigger and better than previous years.
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BVC Lodging Partners and EDCO Members
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