At BVC, there are two categories of competition - Launch Stage and Concept Stage, with five finalists (presenters) selected in each category. In 2013 we'll target an investment amount greater than the $265,000 generated in 2012 for the Launch Stage winner. The Concept Stage winner receives a $10,000 grant in the form of cash.
Launch Stage Process
Concept Stage Process
Upstart Day. A separate competition takes place simultaneously for Concept Stage companies. UpStart Day is a fast-paced review of all contenders, meant to provide feedback from a professional panel. The strongest Concept Companies will become eligible to present at the PubTalk shortly thereafter.
PubTalk Competition. On September 26th Central Oregon PubTalk hosts a competition of up to a dozen Concept Stage presenters, each with three minutes to pitch. From that field, five Concept Stage companies are chosen by the PubTalk attendees to go on to BVC. At the conference on October 18th, the finalists have three minutes to pitch and the winner of the grant, sponsored by BendBroadband, is selected by audience vote.
THURSDAY | OCTOBER 17, 2013
1:00 - 5:00 The UnConference (hosted by Central Oregon Tech Alliance at The BendBroadband Vault facility)
Pre-Conference Networking Reception at Broken Top
FRIDAY | OCTOBER 18, 2013 | TOWER THEATRE
8:00am Program Introduction
8:15 - 11:00am Presentations from Launch Stage Companies
11:00 - 11:30 Updates from Past BVC Winners
11:35am - 1:00pm Dine Around Bend
1:00pm Afternoon Kickoff
1:05pm Keynote Address
2:35 - 3:50pm BendBroadband Concept Stage Presentations followed by audience vote
3:55pm Closing Comments
4:00pm Announcement of Launch Stage Winner and Concept Stage Winner
Tower Theatre Foundation
835 NW Wall Street