Big Bend Theory: Bend, Oregon, looks to attract even more startup talent

It’s no secret that Bend, Oregon, has a ton of startup activity for no bigger than it is. Bend Venture Conference has been going for a decade. FoundersPad, Bend’s startup accelerator, has launched a number of companies. And Cascade Angels just launched to fund Central Oregon startups. Long story short, Bend has some amazing momentum.

But Bend isn’t stopping there. They’re looking to take that momentum and do even more. With a project called the Big Bend Theory.

If you have a high-growth startup, or an idea for a startup, send me your pitch. Tell me what you are doing and why Bend is where you should be doing it. We are going to sponsor and host the top three applicants to a weekend up in Bend, so you can see if this is a community for you.

We will pay for the CEO and one other member of the team, as well as their spouses/significant others, to take the commuter flight from SFO up to Bend. We’ll put you up in the really cool Oxford Hotel downtown, pay for all your meals, and introduce you to local startup executives and community leaders as well as all the activities available to you in Bend.

If you choose to relocate to Bend, we will provide you with temporary tech space (at no cost), assistance with getting your team and families settled, and help you with your funding efforts.

For more information, read the PandoDaily post on Bend, “A VC wants startups to move to Bend, Oregon so he can incubate them.”

(Image courtesy Andy Melton. Used under Creative Commons.)

(Hat tip, Mitch Daugherty)

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