We’re excited to be a part of the unConference, Bend’s casual startup pitchfest. It’s back and better than ever this year, featuring first-ever cash prizes, raffles, free beer and more. Presented by BendTECH and StartupBend, the eighth annual unConference is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17.
This year the conference is keeping the un — that is a low-tech pitch fest, with no PowerPoints, no lengthy presentations, no stress, just show up — and adding more fun. With key sponsorships from us, the Associated Technologies Council, Kollective, the City of Bend, and the 1001 Tech Center, the conference will feature cash awards to the top two winners:
- $2,500 for winning pitch
- $1,500 for the runner up
The third place pitch will win a free community desk membership, courtesy of BendTECH Coworking. Pitch slots are first come, first serve and the winners are chosen via audience vote.
There are 15 spots for 3-minute pitches available. The audience will listen, they’ll cheer, they’ll ring cow bells and ask questions. Then, everyone votes and winners will be announced by 4:30 p.m. All manner of entrepreneurs, including students, are welcome—it’s not just tech. In fact, it’s usually way more than tech.
The BendTECH coworking space will be open during and after the event for those who want to tour the space, meet the member startups and businesses, and learn more about the nonprofit that runs this awesome community asset.
The unConference began eight years ago as a fun way to kick-off the Bend Venture Conference week. It’s a celebration of how entrepreneurship begins—with ideas, and a great chance for entrepreneurs to get feedback, make connections and possibly win some cash to further their ideas.
So take a break from your desk and join the un!
When: Tuesday, Oct. 17
Where: Thump @ 1001 Tech Center
1001 SW Emkay, Bend, OR
Doors open at 2 p.m.
Pitches start at 2:30 p.m.
Winner announced at 4:30 p.m.
Event is free
More info @ Bendtech.com and startupbend.com
Want to pitch?
Any startup founder or aspiring founder can sign up to pitch. You get a microphone and three minutes and the rapt attention of a 100+ of the nicest audience members. Please don’t ask to show a deck.
Sign-ups to pitch are first come, first serve.
You can sign up beginning at 2 p.m. Sometimes there’s a line.
Want to be in the audience?
This part is easy. Show up. Get a ticket for a free beer, kombucha or glass of wine. Get a free cowbell. Ring it. Cheer. Show the people pitching some love. Maybe win a raffle prize. Maybe make a friend.
BendTECH is a nonprofit supported early stage entrepreneurship and the tech community in Central Oregon via affordable coworking, connections and events. The organization is run by a volunteer board of local tech and startup types who want to give back.