Bend Venture Conference Awards $620k to Startups

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The Startup & Emerging team at Jones & Roth CPAs & Business Advisors were honored to participate in the 12th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC). Congratulations to EDCO, the Cascade Angels and all of the other sponsors, volunteers and stakeholders that contributed to this outstanding event. The BVC is quickly becoming one of the top entrepreneurial events in the country. The BVC attracted record attendance, the sold out crowd watched over $620,000 funded to deserving companies in the early and growth stages.

Winners of the BVC, LLC, Growth Stage competition

Growth Stage finalist, Odysys, which helps hotels drive more direct bookings at a lower cost by allowing hoteliers to connect, manage and track digital marketing efforts with one simple platform, won the conference’s major prize, a $205,000 investment. A secondary investment of $125,000 was awarded to Perfect Company, a Vancouver, Wash., company revolutionizing cooking with a connected scale and interactive recipe solution.

The investment arm of the conference, BVC, LLC, awarded the Growth Stage investments following considerable due diligence of each of the five presenting finalists. The investment included $50,000 from Oregon Community Foundation/Meyer Memorial Trust and $75,000 from Oregon Growth Account.“The caliber of the companies pitching this year was outstanding,” said Brian Vierra, Venture Catalyst for EDCO. “Odysys and Perfect Company built on their success from last year and were strong on the stage. We hope to announce final investment dollars in the next few weeks.”

Winner of the $15,000 BendBroadband Business Early Stage competition

SnoPlanks won the $15,000 BendBroadband Business Early Stage Cash Prize. For this competition, conference attendees voted on the company they believed could benefit the most from the money. SnoPlanks is a Bend-based manufacturer of high-end bamboo snowboards.

Winner of the Cascade Angels Fund Investment Award

Scratch-it, a Portland-based company with an enterprise-class cloud platform that increases traffic and engagement, won a $125,000 Investment Award from Cascade Angels.

Winners of the Seven Peaks Ventures Investment Award

Scratch-it also won a $100,000 Investment Award from Seven Peaks Ventures.

Winner of the Mandala Firestarter Marketing Program Award

Growth Stage finalist, Perfect Company also won Mandala’s Firestarter Marketing Program Award for $50,000 worth of marketing and branding services.

“This conference is a huge highlight every year,” said Julie Harrelson, CEO of Harrelson Group, Fund Manager Cascade Angels.

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