2013 Bend Venture Conference

The 2013 Bend Venture conference kicks off October 17. Pitch your startup ideas to seasoned entrepreneurs and VCs at the 2013 Bend Venture Conference. If they’re good enough, you could win $250,000.

From the Bend Venture Conference:

Last year was a banner year for the Bend Venture Conference in both record attendance and investment dollars.  All signs point to another stellar year in 2013.  We’re on track this year to top our previous record of number of applying entrepreneur, so stay tuned for more information as we reveal which companies make the finalist rounds.

BVC takes place October 17-18, 2013  

On Thursday, October 17th, update your knowledge with three practical and informative seminars in the morning, followed by the quirky UnConference in the afternoon.  And don’t forget the Thursday evening Broken Top networking reception.

On Friday, October 18th, Launch Stage presenters will vie for an investment prize targeted to exceed $250,000.  And Concept Stage competitors are sure to deliver their dose of high energy startup fun contending for the $10,000 cash prize from BendBroadband.  Posing tough questions a well as offering insight, our 2013 BVC panelists are a formidable group.

2013 BVC Keynote Speaker: Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank
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A classic Renaissance man, Steve Blank has packed several lifetimes into his career.  Here are the highlights:

  • Serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley (an amazing eight companies in 21 years!),
  • Teaching entrepreneurship (U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, Columbia University and Caltech)
  • Best selling author on the topic of entrepreneurship (The Four Steps to the Epiphany, Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost and The Startup Owner’s Manual), and
  • Leading the Lean Startup movement (rapid cycle build-measure-learn), credited with democratizing entrepreneurship. Get a free copy of the Harvard Business Review article Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything.

Steve’s approach to customer development was the pivotal component that sparked the Lean Startup movement in 2011. The methodology is used by FoundersPad, Central Oregon’s technology accelerator launched by EDCO the same year.  Learn more about Steve Blank. 

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