Bend, OR (October 17, 2017)—Bend Outdoor Worx (BOW) announced the winners of the Venture Out Festival, the first and only venture event focused solely on the outdoor industry, held last night at the Tower Theatre in Bend, Oregon. Tribe Pilot, an adventure planning tool, won the $2,500 the Digital Ascent Award in the technology-based recreation category and KidRunner, a high-performance, multi-terrain kid jogger, won the $10,000 Breakout Award in the early stage category. The $5,000 Ready to Roll award in the growth stage category went to Pedaling Innovations who has engineered a breakthrough in bike pedal technology. An additional $75,000 growth stage award, presented by Business Oregon through their Small Business Expansion Program went to Rugged Thread, a business who specializes in repairs for technical outdoor and adventure clothing and gear. Additionally, Mountain Mels, a line of herbal first aid products, picked up $25,000 from Business Oregon in the same program.
A full house of outdoor enthusiasts attended the Venture Out event, part of the growing outdoor entrepreneurial movement in Bend, Oregon. The festival commenced with a performance by Ross Winsor, a professional mountain bike trials rider, held on stage just inside the theatre. Music by Alarm 58 filled the theatre during the networking hour.
During the event, founders from BOW cohort companies including Cairn, Robert Axle Project and Zealios helped emcee the award categories. Audience votes determined the winners of the Digital Ascent and Breakout Award categories. The Ready to Roll award recipient was chosen by a panel of judges, including BOW mentors and past cohort companies.
The BOW Venture Out Festival was presented by Northline Wealth Management and in association with Ten Barrel Brewing, HydroFlask, Ruffwear, First Interstate Bank, White Summers Law, Toyko Starfish, Bendbroadband, BBSI, Business Oregon, 92/9FM, City of Bend, Hand In Hand Productions, SnoPlanks, Zealios Skincare and Cascade Angels. For More information visit bendoutdoorworx.com
After assessing common needs from outdoor industry businesses, Bend Outdoor Worx (BOW) was initially conceived in 2013 by Gary Bracelin, a long-time Bend resident and outdoor industry expert. BOW was officially launched in April 2014, when additional industry experts Eric Meade, Justin Rae, and Will Blount joined Bracelin. Miki Keller, an outdoor consultant, also began working with the group in 2015. The founders represent various skill sets and a multitude of experience with successful organizations. BOW also has a deep pool of extended mentors that lend their expertise periodically, as well as Winter Summers Law, the GB2 Agency and Price Fronk & Co, LLP. For additional information on BOW, contact Gary Bracelin at firstname.lastname@example.org.