Bend-Based Startup Wins LivePlan Award at Bend Venture Conference


Bend-based startup Volcano Veggies won the $1,500 Palo Alto Software LivePlan award at the Bend Venture Conference last week in addition to the $10,000 BendBroadband Concept Stage award.

Volcano Veggies grows organic vegetables and fish indoors with proprietary aquaponic systems. Their technology provides cold-weather communities with fresh, nutritious local food year-round.

“We’re happy to have had another opportunity to support a local small business,” said Palo Alto Software CEO Sabrina Parsons. “We were impressed by the Volcano Veggies pitch and the level of detail they were able to provide using LivePlan. With the award, we hope they can grow and take their product to the next level.”

This is the second year Palo Alto Software has offered the LivePlan prize at the Bend Venture Conference. The company’s flagship product, LivePlan, helps small business owners create actionable business plans, easily develop budgets and forecasts, and track their actual performance against their plan.

Several other local startups also won awards at the event:

  • CrowdStreet, a crowdfunding platform connecting accredited investors with high quality professionally managed investment real estate, won Mandala’s Fire Starter Marketing Program Award for $50,000 worth of marketing and branding services.
  • Cairn, who introduces outdoor enthusiasts to new brands and products through a monthly subscription while also collecting market data for the companies they work with won an unexpected secondary Fire Starter Award of $15,000.
  • Amplion Research, which provides business intelligence solutions that give pharmaceutical and diagnostics companies strategic control of the complete clinical biomarkers landscape, won conference’s major prize, a $250,000 investment along with a $150,000 Investment Award from Seven Peaks Ventures.
  •, lets primary care providers deliver remarkably efficient remote care, increasing capacity by 30%, efficiency by 80%, and margin by 5%, won a $100,000 Investment Award from Seven Peaks Ventures.
  • Poachedjobs, a hiring platform disrupting the jobs market for industries with high turnover rates – starting with the restaurant industry won a secondary investment of $100,000.

Creating an actionable plan is key to the success of launching a startup and running a small business. In fact, businesses who do run their businesses this way grow 30 percent faster, according to a Cranfield School of management study. With LivePlan, entrepreneurs can easily build a plan that they understand and present to investors with confidence.

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