BEND, OREGON – Cascade Angels, a Bend-based venture fund, is one of the investors in a $2 million round of funding for the Outdoor Project. The Oregon Angel Fund led the investment, which was announced Tuesday.
Outdoor Project, www.outdoorproject.com, is the first digital media investment for the Oregon Angel Fund, which is backed by the state of Oregon, the Oregon Community Foundation and the Meyer Memorial Trust.
The new venture will use a portion of the funding to hire five people and add to its base of 200 active contributors, according to a press release. Outdoor Project aims to build the most comprehensive online resource and the largest community for outdoor adventure and travel with photos, maps and guides.
Outdoor Project is somewhat like TripAdvisor, but catered toward those looking for activities to do outside. Each “experience” features photos and “adventure descriptions” written by the site’s contributors, along with information related to location, weather, pros and cons, and more.
“Closing this funding round is tremendous validation for the quality work our contributors and team put into building the world’s greatest outdoor adventure guidebook,” Outdoor Project CEO Tyson Gillard said in a statement. “Great media, detailed maps and inspiring, complete content is a key piece to support an ever-growing movement for people, largely millennials and young families, to get outside.”