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To promote and encourage a spirit of innovation, entrepreneurism and collaboration for everyone in the Bend community.

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October 18th – 20th, 2013 – Startup Weekend is coming to the next, great entrepreneurial city – Bend!

Do you have a business idea you’ve been kicking around for months but not done anything with it? Don’t miss this event! Your idea could rapidly become the next great Bend business success story.

Don’t have any ideas? Don’t worry – just come and join the fun. You never know, you might just end up as the co-founder of that business. No matter what, you will walk away with an incredibly valuable learning experience and have an awesome time – Bend style!

This event is about brainstorming ideas, forming teams and collaborating to transform that idea into the beginning of a viable company. To help you achieve this goal, you will have support from some of the best business and technical brains in the Bend community. Oh and we almost forgot to mention – there will be great prizes for the winning team….and lots of food and beer. Don’t miss this event!


The Bend Venture Conference (BVC) has been working with the local Startup Weekend organizers to create a BVC BENDER! Immediately following the BVC on Friday, October 18th it’s looking pretty certain that Startup Weekend participants will have the opportunity to hear from none other Steve Blank, a serial entrepreneur and global advocate for the lean startup methodology. Steve is the keynote speaker at BVC and friend of Startup Weekends worldwide. Bend is extremely fortunate to have Steve come to our town and we are excited that he will be a part of the weekend as well.

More about Steve:

534 A Renaissance man in Silicon Valley. That’s a rarity.

But consider this: Steve Blank is a serial entrepreneur with eight venture-backed companies under his belt (think E.piphany), including four that went public.

After 30+ years in business and with a young family, Steve looked around at his tech mentors only to realize none had the work/life balance to be more well rounded mentors. Early retirement finally gave Steve the chance to reflect on his startup experiences and uncover the themes not so obvious at the time.

The result? Teaching entrepreneurship at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, Columbia University and Caltech.

Teaching then led to writing. Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost or The Startup Owner’s Manual may resonate. Or the best selling The Four Steps to the Epiphany.

All of which led to evangelism for a revolutionary way of creating successful early stage companies, the Lean Startup movement.

Tickets are limited to 100 participants. Register now!

Why Bend?

Entrepreneur magazine just recently named Bend the Next Big City for Entrepreneurship. And for good reason.

It’s tough to beat the quality of life in Bend – no traffic, safe neighborhoods, great public schools, amazing parks, great alpine skiing, awesome nordic skiing, camping, fishing, biking, arts, restaurants, festivals, concerts… the list goes on.

“Beer, Rec and Tech” is how one local refers to our business community and lifestyle. Although not inclusive of all of the business activity, it does fit in well with the work hard, play hard philosophy that is so pervasive in Bend.

The recreational opportunities are second to none but the business environment is also exciting. Bend is home to a number of successful industry clusters and businesses such as software development, bio-science, craft brewing, recreational and outdoor equipment, aviation and others. We have:

  • a talented work force;
  • a creative entrepreneurial community;
  • opportunities for continuing education;
  • great local banks;
  • an ecosystem of business support organizations; and,
  • a healthy lifestyle that keeps people working.



Oct 18
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Oct 19
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Oct 20
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Title Sponsor
Silver Sponsors
Larry Jacobsen
Chris Kraybill
James Gentes
Georell Bracelin
Jim Boeddeker
Brian Brannan

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