During the Bend event, each of the five companies, including MacDougall & Sons Bat Co., will have about 15 minutes to pitch their products to the entire audience, rather than a select group of investors. MacDougall will seek investors for his baseball bats, made from two types of wood — hickory in the handle and Pacific madrone in the barrel — which makes them more resistant to cracking or shattering, he said.
Pearl added that companies would have time for an additional question-and-answer session after the event.
“(The events) are not like angel conferences; (companies) can pitch to anybody,” she said.
In order to set up the tour, Pearl said, Hatch partnered with various small business development centers across Oregon. In Bend, she reached out to the Small Business Development Center at Central Oregon Community College. Steve Curley, the development center director, said the center would be acting as a host, setting up and arranging the event.