Competitions

Bend Venture Conference

Growth Stage Competition

Companies applying in the growth stage competition typically:

  • Have a proven concept
  • Have generated initial revenues
  • Are prepared to scale quickly with investment

As a Growth Stage company, you do not need to be from Central Oregon to apply or to win. All applicants, regardless of whether or not they are a finalist, have the opportunity to receive feedback from the investor group. Growth Stage finalists could collect $250,000* or more.

Early Stage Competition

Companies applying in the early stage competition typically:

  • Have a great idea, and are close to “proof of concept”
  • Are pre, or very early, revenue
  • Are in the process of testing their product in the market

As an Early Stage company, you do not need to be from Central Oregon to apply or to win. The winner of this category could be awarded a $20,000* investment.

Impact Competition

Companies applying in the Impact competition:

  • Are for-profit enterprises that can be pre or post revenue, but are still early in the evolution of their business.
  • Have a social and/or environmental mission integrated into their business model such that it is a core competency and not an “add-on.”
  • Companies should be aiming to generate long-term enterprise value and attractive returns on capital.

Applicants can be located anywhere in the U.S. to apply or win. All applicants, regardless of whether or not they are a finalist, have the opportunity to receive feedback from the investor group. The winner of this category could receive an investment of $25,000-$100,000, with $25,000 already committed (some of which are matching dollars).