Seven Peaks has a simple website up and describes itself as a “early stage seed fund.”
Bend, with a population of about 80,000, is an up-and-coming tech startup town. Vendetti, who was an exec for a short time at now-defunct Metawave, founded a startup accelerator there called FoundersPad (previously known as LaunchBox), which graduated its first class in May 2012.
Jim Harrer, a mentor at FoundersPad, wrote this blog post about Bend as a good place for startups last summer and noted how the area needed something like Seven Peaks.
“The one thing the area lacks is a regional VC or Seed fund so these entrepreneurs can focus all of their time on their startups without worrying about feeding their families,” he wrote of the town, which is hosting the BendVenture conference later this year.
There aren’t too many homegrown VC funds overall in Oregon, where startups are popping up all over the place. Oregon saw some huge blockbuster deals in the first quarter — a $30 million round for Puppet Labs; a $33 million round for Janrain and a $25 million round for Urban Airship — as the state overtook Washington in terms of venture capital investing during the first quarter for the first time since 1993.
Portland, the state’s biggest city, is also growing rapidly as a startup hub. In fact, our GeekWire CEO of the Year Sam Blackman from Elemental Technologies told us that the Rose City is the next great startup mecca.
“In my opinion, if you are a software engineer graduating from college right now, there is no better city you can move to than Portland,” he said.
We’ve reached out to Vendetti for more details on Seven Peaks and will update this story when we hear back.
Previously on GeekWire: VC investing tanks in Washington, overtaken by Oregon for first time since 1993