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How the BVC Competition Works

At BVC, there are three competition categories – Growth Stage, Early Stage, and Impact, with three to five finalists (companies) selected in each category. Applicant companies for all categories can be located anywhere in the United States.


GROWTH STAGE: Companies applying in the growth stage competition typically:

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

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: 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

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 be awarded a $20,000* investment, courtesy of Portland Seed Fund.

IMPACT: Companies applying to 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.

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 over $100,000.


 

Growth Stage Application Process

 

  • Apply to present at the BVC
  • Screening for finalists. Once all applications are received in Gust, BVC investors select five Growth Stage companies deemed to have the most feasible and compelling business plans.
  • Due diligence of finalists. After the five Growth Stage companies are notified of their selection to present, volunteers and investors from the BVC, LLC begin a comprehensive due diligence review that is completed during the six weeks leading up to the conference.  Investor leads will host a series of interviews and meetings with each company and report back strengths and weaknesses to the larger investing committee.  At the conference on October 19th, each Growth Stage company has ten minutes to present to the audience, followed by Q&A.

 

 Early Stage Application Process

 

  • Apply to present at the BVC
  • Upstart Day. Upstart Day, September 14th, is a fast-paced review of Early Stage company contenders, with feedback provided from a professional panel. The strongest Early Stage Companies will become eligible to present at the September 27th PubTalk.
  • PubTalk Competition. On September 27th Central Oregon PubTalk hosts a pitch competition to narrow down the Early Stage companies selected from Upstart Day. From that field, five Early Stage companies are chosen to go on to BVC by the PubTalk attendees and judges. At the conference on October 19th, the finalists have three minutes to pitch, followed by Q&A.

 

Impact Application Process

 

  • Apply to present at the BVC
  • Screening for finalists. Once all applications are received in Gust, BVC investors select three to five Impact companies deemed to have the most feasible and compelling business plans.
  • Due diligence of finalists. After the three to five Impact companies are notified of their selection to present, volunteers and investors from the BVC Impact, LLC begin a comprehensive due diligence review that is completed during the six weeks leading up to the conference.  Investor leads will host a series of interviews and meetings with each company and report back strengths and weaknesses to the larger investing committee.  At the conference on October 18th, each Impact company has ten minutes to present to the audience, followed by Q&A.

*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.

 

Past BVC Winners