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Bend Venture Conference returns October 20-21; applications from companies are open until mid-August

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Central Oregon Economic Development will once again host the annual Bend Venture Conference Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 in downtown Bend and virtually online. Ticketing, speaker announcements and event details for the 19e The annual Bend Venture Conference will be announced in the coming weeks.

Over the past six years, investments, awards and prizes exceeding $10 million have been awarded to 40 companies as a result of the conference. BVC is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation, connecting investors, businesses and business leaders.


This year’s conference will have three categories: Growth, Impact and Early Stage. The application period is open until Tuesday, August 16e and businesses across the United States are invited to apply.

  • Growth stage: This category is open to businesses that have a proven concept, have generated initial revenue, and are ready to scale quickly with investment. To apply, click here.
  • Impact: This category is open to for profit companies, whose business models are integrated with a mission to have a significant and measurable social or environmental impact. Applicants should aim to generate long-term enterprise value and attractive capital returns. To apply, click here.
  • Early stage: This category is open to businesses that have a great idea, “proof of concept” and some traction. They are in the pre-revenue or early revenue phase and are in the process of testing their product on the market. To apply, click here.

With more than 80 companies expected to apply—and over $300,000 estimated for finalists, category winners, and runners-up for varying amounts—BVC is one of PNW’s largest angel investor programs.

BVC provides valuable visibility, resources and connections to early-stage and growth-stage companies seeking angel funding, as it engages new and experienced angel investors interested in growing their investment portfolios.

Application deadline for contractors is Tuesday, August 16.

The Bend Venture Conference welcomes a diverse set of companies seeking funding and management teams capable of executing their plans. This year’s BVC will feature impressive speakers from across the country representing angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in her 19e year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past six years, more than $10 million has been invested in 40 companies as a result of the conference. This year’s conference will take place on October 20-21, 2022, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders.

About Central Oregon Economic Development (EDCO)
EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create jobs for the middle class in central Oregon by recruiting new employers to settle in the region ; helping entrepreneurs start scalable new businesses; and working with companies that are already there to grow their business.