Investment in the BVC Growth Fund is not just a way to make money – it's a way to give back to Central Oregon; help grow promising companies and founders; and make new friends. Our investors come from a variety of backgrounds and work experiences, but share a passion for entrepreneurship, economic development, and community. Since 2007, the BVC Growth Fund has invested $3.3 million in 20 companies based in Oregon and around the West Coast.
Each year, a new BVC Growth Fund is raised to invest in the most promising growth-stage startup or startups that compete at the annual Bend Venture Conference in October. In the weeks preceding the conference, investors meet with finalist companies at a series of in-person pitch meetings and narrow the companies to a list of finalists. These finalists present on stage at the annual Bend Venture Conference event in October, at which time the investor group votes to select one or more winners to receive an investment from the fund.
Since 2007, hundreds of growth stage companies have applied to pitch and present at the Bend Venture Conference. Applicants are narrowed based on the strength of their business, the quality of their investment opportunity, and their ability to fully participate in the Bend Venture Conference process. Companies are sourced from Central Oregon, around the state of Oregon, and throughout the West Coast. The fund frequently co-invests alongside Pacific Northwest venture capital funds such as Cascade Seed Fund, Portland Seed Fund, Oregon Venture Fund, Elevate Capital, and Seven Peaks Ventures.
"I invest in BVC for to help PNW entrepreneurs, build local investment community, and network with investors, service providers, and entreprenuers from around Oregon."
"There are lots of people trying to improve how things are done and to make the world better. I want to be involved with these people, and BVC is one of the best ways to find them."
Jenn Lynch is a managing partner at Portland Seed Fund, an early stage venture capital fund that invests in capital efficient, high-growth companies in Oregon and and around the Pacific Northwest. Since 2010, Jenn has managed venture funds that have invested in more than 100 companies across a variety of sectors, including software, consumer products, cannabis, clean energy technology, biotechnology, biomedical devices and more. After finishing her MBA at Columbia Business School, Jenn and her husband relocated to Oregon where she worked at a number of software startups before helping to raise the first fund from which she invested, Upstart Labs. Jenn serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety, and she is vice-chair of the Summit West Neighborhood Association. Jenn is a limited partner in the BVC 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 growth funds; and an investor in multiple Cascade Angel Funds. Jenn lives in Bend with her three children, husband, dog and cat, and, when she's not working, can usually be found in the woods on her gravel bike or logging laps at Juniper or lifting at Boss Sports Performance.
Brian Vierra is the Venture Catalyst for EDCO, an economic development organization in Central Oregon, and works closely with early stage companies to connect them with capital, advisors, mentors and other resources. He is also an active Angel Investor, both individually and through such professionally managed funds as Oregon Angel Fund and Cascade Angels. He advises and sits on the boards of several startups. Previously, Brian founded Embers Asia which was sold to Exo Travel in 2007. In 2001 he started one of the first Adventure Sports Outfitters in Vietnam, which he is still involved with today. Brian developed his penchant for adventure (and risk) as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania from 1993 to 1995. He received his undergraduate degree from Whitman College and his Masters in International Management from Portland State.
The Bend Venture Conference Growth Fund investor LLC provides an opportunity for qualified investors to go behind the scenes of an early-stage venture capital fund: Hear from local growth companies; connect and advise startup founders and operators; and network with Bend's investor community.
BVC Growth Fund uses Gust to accept applications to the Bend Venture Conference. Growth Stage company applicants can be located anywhere in the United States, and could receive an investment of $250,000. Applications are due mid-August.
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