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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 2017 Bend Venture Conference's big winner, Justin Johnson and the LeadMethod team

The 2017 Bend Venture Conference’s big winner, Justin Johnson and the LeadMethod team


2016 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 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).

* 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.


 2018 BVC, LLC Fund Manager, Jason M. Moyer

Jason-Moyer-196x196Jason 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 eleven 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.


EDCO’s Venture Catalyst, 2018 BVC Impact, LLC Fund Manager, Brian Vierra

Brian-Vierra_196Economic 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.


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