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Bend Venture Conference

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - Friday, October 18, 2013 (All Day Event)

How the 2013 BVC Competition Works

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.

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Launch Stage Process

  • Screening for finalists. Once all applications are received in Gust, BVC investors select five Launch Companies deemed to have the most feasible and compelling business plans.  At the Conference, each Launch Company has ten minutes to present to the audience, followed by Q&A.    
  • Due diligence of finalists. After the five Launch Companies are notified of their selection to present, investors from the BVC, LLC and volunteers begin a comprehensive due diligence review that is completed before the Conference.  Investor leads will host a series of interviews and meetings with each company and report back strengths and weaknesses to the larger Investing Committee.   

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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.  


Pre-Conference Seminars

1:00 - 5:00 The UnConference (hosted by Central Oregon Tech Alliance at The BendBroadband Vault facility)

Pre-Conference Networking Reception at Broken Top


7:30am  Registration

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 

Awards Reception
4:00pm Announcement of Launch Stage Winner and Concept Stage Winner


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835 NW Wall Street
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