The 2019 BVC Winners
In the past five years, over $10 million in prizes and investments have been awarded to 41 companies as a result of the Bend Venture Conference. At the 2019 BVC, nearly 100 companies from across the U.S. and Canada applied to the conference in hopes of making it to the Tower Theatre stage. Over two days, 14 finalists presented their ideas to nearly 600 attendees in hopes of gaining investments from prominent funds. Of those 14 finalists, six of them walked away with funding totaling $488,000 in both investments and cash awards. The complete list of winners can be found HERE.
The 2018 BVC Winners
Over the past five years, the BVC fund has awarded $10 million to 37 companies. At the 2018 BVC, 14 companies presented their ideas to 600 attendees in hopes of gaining investments from prominent funds. Of those 14 finalists, half of them walked away with funding totaling $1,807,500 in both investments and cash prizes. The complete list of winners can be found HERE.
The 2017 BVC Winner: LeadMethod
Eight companies received funding at the 2017 Bend Venture Conference and the big winner was LeadMethod, a software platform built specifically for companies selling through an outside channel of distributors and independent representatives. They received checks totaling $485,000. The complete list of winners can be found HERE.
The 2016 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 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 were committed to finalists from other institutional and private sources).
2016 BVC Winner Update
2019 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 thirteen 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.
2019 BVC Impact, LLC Fund Manager, Maggie Hubbell
Maggie Hubbell is an experienced entrepreneur and executive leader with a passion for scaling and growing companies with 16+ years of executive leadership experience at technology firms and training companies, previously co-founding a SaaS company in the marketing automation space. She was the CEO of Agency Revolution where she led the 9-year old company to a successful strategic acquisition in 2017.
Maggie is currently the COO and Co-Founder of Shift, a SaaS company serving k-12 educators using virtual reality, software and coaching to mitigate issues around equity and bias in the classroom.
Maggie is also an active citizen in communities of entrepreneurs and women in STEAM careers. She serves on the board for the Technology Association of Oregon and Opportunity Knocks, and is an advisor to several women-founded technology startups. She is passionate about achieving continual improvement in her community and in her work.
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 the 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 talents.
* 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.