Announcing the Companies Pitching at Next Thursday’s PubTalk


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Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the eight finalist companies advancing in the Early Stage competition for the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 21 – Friday, October 22. This group of companies is one step closer to presenting at BVC.

The following Early Stage semi-finalists will pitch against each other at the September 23 PubTalk: Road to BVC. This high-energy entrepreneurial event showcases the BVC Early Stage semi-finalists as they deliver fast-paced, three-minute pitches to a live and virtual crowd. The audience, along with an expert panel of judges, will vote to decide which companies advance to present at BVC, competing for a minimum investment of $30,000 from Portland Seed Fund.

In alphabetical order, the BVC Early Stage semi-finalists that will compete at the September 23 PubTalk are:

  1. cannecht (Bend) – A digital marketplace to help cannabis operators find and secure service contracts with trusted providers.
  2. Field Day (Portland) – An online platform that makes it easy for individuals and organizations to discover and engage with local nonprofits through group volunteer events.
  3. FoxFace Systems (Camas, Washington) – Providing an easy and affordable online platform for the affordable housing compliance process.
  4. KinectAir (Vancouver, Washington) – Private aviation made public. Affordable, soon-to-be electric, aircraft booked from your smartphone using local community airports.
  5. LifeAir (Portland) – Saving millions of lives by pioneering the first ventilator that eliminates patient-to-patient transmission of diseases, such as pneumonia and COVID.
  6. Radious (Portland) – An online marketplace for rentable home office and meeting space.
  7. Shilling (Portland) – A micro investing app that bridges the gap between the time you spend on your smartphone (screen time) and investing in the stock market.
  8. Tonsil Tech (Redmond, Oregon) – At-home handheld device to remove tonsil stones painlessly and effectively.

PubTalk Agenda

5-5:30pm: Networking, drinks and appetizers
5:30-7:45pm: Early Stage Company Pitches, Audience Vote, Winner Announcement

PubTalk Cost and Registration

In-Person: $26 EDCO and OEN Members (Become a member here.); $36 Non-members
Virtual: $10 EDCO and OEN Members; $15 Non-Members
In-person attendance will take into account COVID-19 precautions and includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine or soda).

Ticket Sales

Tickets to the September 23 PubTalk are on sale now. Register for in-person tickets here; register for virtual tickets here.
Tickets to the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.


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