Bend Startup Weekend

Seven new local companies – one vying for title at Global Startup Battle

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Bend Startup Weekend held its first event gathering more than 100 participants. After hearing several pitches From those, 7 teams formed. One team (H20 Photo Project) has advanced to the Global Startup Battle, part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. (Vote here!)

This was an exciting weekend with lots of energy and new experiences. I was a mentor and it was really cool to watch the groups start from scratch and come out 54 hours later with a new company.

Here are the startups that formed during Bend Startup Weekend:

Global Startup Battle finalist: H20 Photo Project – Invented an new and innovative camera housing for  DSLR cameras, intended for SCUBA diving. (Vote here!)

Founders Pad winner & Peoples Choice winner: Perfect Menu – Perfect Menu is designed for restaurant owners who are sick of dealing with hard-to-manage online menus. Sign up today and discover why Perfect Menu is changing the way restaurants, cafes, food-carts and bars are approaching online menus.

Waffles Please – Bring delicious, carefree recipes to everyone sitting at the table. Are you tired of not eating your favorite food because it has a pesky ingredient you’re trying to avoid? We’ve gathered recipes from the best food bloggers, producers and experts in food chemistry that offer tasty alternatives and recipes.

Workspace Coffee – Create, Caffeinate and Connect. Introducing Bend’s premier professional office space, Workspace Coffee. Workspace Coffee serves professionals in need of hyper-flexible workspace and professional networking in Bend. This is a idea in the works intended to change shared professional space experience.

Patient Metrx – Providing cost-effective patient satisfaction data and analytics to family practices. High patient satisfaction has decreases malpractice lawsuits and increases patient references. PatientMetRX provides real data for clinical decision making to help your practice survive, thrive and grow.

Lidia’s Chocolates – Hand-crafted in Bend, Oregon, Lidia’s Chocolates include a variety of flavors and quality assorted packages for local delivery to your home or business! Lidia’s Chocolates are made from quality Venezuelan chocolate using a high percentage of cacao beans – making them naturally high in Anti-Oxidants. Plus, they contain NO preservatives!

Cleaner’s Dashboard – Your Carpet Cleaning business on the go. Mobile app to manage contact, billing, and scheduling information.

Bend Startup Weekend was sponsored by the Tech Alliance of Central Oregon, Founders Pad, Formative Ventures, Bend Research, and Karnopp Petersen LLP.

Interested in participating in an upcoming Bend Startup Weekend event? Follow @bendsw and #bendsw or visit the Bend Startup Weekend website.

2 thoughts on “Bend Startup Weekend

  1. Jen, I heard about startup weekend on; I probably never would have known about it or attended if it wasn’t for this blog! Funny, we worked together at the event and I never knew you were behind this blog.
    H2O Photo

    1. Hi Troy! I love hearing feedback like that. This site is a great team effort and we are pretty proud of it. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your company as it grows. Thanks for reading and for attending the event. 🙂


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