Six finalists are vying for funding of their outdoor industry ideas at the BOW BreakOut Funding Event on Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon.
Bend Outdoor Worx, or BOW, is Central Oregon’s outdoor accelerator, aiding startup businesses with funding.
More than 30 outdoor product companies vied for the no-strings-attached cash grants. Three companies in the early stages of their concept will compete for $5,000 “BreakOut Award” grants. Three companies that are farther along into a growth stage will try for a $10,000 “Ready to Roll” grant.
The finalists will make their pitch to the audience, which will vote for the winning ideas.
All three finalists for the early stage award are from Bend. AdvenChair wants to create an all-terrain, human-powered vehicle that will allow mobility-challenged people to enjoy the outdoors. Instinctive is promoting a sustainable diaper pack. Neo’Pros is developing a prosthetic swim and athletic garment for breast cancer survivors. The growth stage finalists are from Portland, Salem and Seattle.
Mickey Wilson, a professional slacklining athlete, will be a guest speaker, and the “outside expo” will include trickline demonstrations, outdoor vendor displays, music and 10 Barrel beer.
Tickets are available at the door (while they last) and in advance at eventbrite.com. The price is $25 for adults and $20 for students. Doors open at 4 p.m., with the event running from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 61980 Skyline Ranch Road, in Bend.
A BOW Bootcamp Session will be held Thursday. Information on the events can be found at bendoutdoorworx.com.