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Last week at the Bend Venture Conference, Central Oregon’s newest (and only) business accelerator was unveiled. FoundersPad is a business accelerator focused on supporting concept stage startups. The initiative is a program of the Tech Alliance and is committed to Central Oregon’s entrepreneurial community and helping turn innovative product and service ideas into great companies.

Although a much larger group of mentors will be announced, the current team is pretty impressive and represents management, finance, technology and other key skills for early stage companies. FoundersPad will be offering mentorships, infrastructure and a milestone-based program to develop startups into investment-ready enterprises.

We think that FoundersPad has great potential to help diversify the Central Oregon community and create sustainable, living wage jobs. That’s why we’re proud to be supporting and participating in the effort!