Bend Venture Conference Set for October, Deadline for Applying Companies Near


AUGUST 12: Last day to receive early bird pricing as a presenter ($99 for the presenter, plus one FREE ticket for a business colleague or spouse).  This special $99 pricing lasts only until August 12 and August 26 goes to $149. Sign up now at $99 and you can submit your business plan two weeks later.

AUGUST 26: Last day to submit your business plan and associated materials to the Angelsoft platform. Pricing for companies applying to present is $149.

Economic Development of Central Oregon says 2011 brings several exciting changes as the Bend Venture Conference celebrates its eighth year. In short, BVC will be more investor-driven, a second award for Concept Stage companies is a new addition this year, and the conference itself will be even livelier with short pitches from Concept Stage companies.

BVC is now accepting applications from both Launch Stage and Concept Stage companies. The conference focuses on companies based in the Pacific Northwest; you need not be from Central Oregon to apply or to win.  Any scalable company is encouraged to apply.

Concept Stage companies now have their own pool to compete in. New this year, the winning Concept Stage company will be awarded a grant of up to $10,000. The definitions the Bend Venture Conference uses to distinguish between the two categories of competition are:

  • Concept Stage: A business concept has been developed.  The entrepreneurs may still be working on technology and/or proof of concept.  The company is typically pre-revenue.
  • Launch Stage: A complete business plan has been developed.  Technology issues have been largely overcome.  The company may have had beta testing or a limited rollout and is ready for market launch.  It may also be post-revenue and need growth capital.

Mark your calendar for October 13 (seminars, the uncomparable unConference, reception at Broken Top) and October 14 (full day competition and announcement of the winners).

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