“We are delighted with the final five companies that represent a wide range of fascinating products, technologies and business opportunities,” said Skip Rung, Executive Director of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, based in Corvallis, and WAC 2015 LLC Managing Member.
The 2015 Willamette Angel Conference will be held Thursday May 14, from 8:30 AM – 3 PM, at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the Oregon State University Campus in Corvallis. The Corvallis Chamber of Commerce is producing the WAC in partnership with the Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office and the Eugene Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s keynote speaker is David Rose, founder of Gust – the gold standard information-sharing website for entrepreneurs and the angel investing community and the man who literally wrote the book on angel investing. Rose is the author of the best-selling business book, “Angel Investing”. He will discuss his experiences in successfully investing in more than 90 start-up companies.
Also on the program is John “Jay” Surina, chief financial officer of one of the fastest growing companies in Oregon, NuScale Power. The Corvallis- and Portland-based NuScale is designing small-scale nuclear power plants based on technology developed at Oregon State University. Surina will talk about the company’s evolution from from a neophyte start-up 15 years ago to its position today as a prominent player in the nuclear energy industry with more than 600 employees.
The stars of day, however, are the five Finalist companies that will make their pitches before a live audience in pursuit a big payday. The final five are:
n Abom, a Portland-based consumer-products company that has developed a fog-proof goggle for winter sports and other uses;
n Moonshadow Mobile, a Eugene company that deploys and visualizes Big Data at one tenth the storage size and 100 times existing speeds;
n Red Duck Foods, a Eugene-based organic food company specializing in original condiments, including flavored ketchups and cocktail sauces;
n Aria Live Media, a Hillsboro company that makes microphones and speakers smart, bringing live audio into the digital world while reducing costs and simplifying setup;
n Civil Co., a Portland software firm developing software that allows publishers to host civil and cost-effective online comments at any scale;
Each company will have 30 minutes to make their case and field questions from both WAC investors and the audience. The audience will select the “people’s choice” winner by text voting, and the WAC 2015 investment winner chosen by the WAC 2015 LLC will be announced at the end of the conference.
Attendees will also hear Live-Plan pitches from six Launch Stage companies that will be vying for a $2500 cash prize provided by Palo Alto Software. Members of the audience will select the Launch Stage winner by text voting.
The Eugene- and Corvallis-based Willamette Angels are a group of current and former executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals, who invest their time and money into outstanding startup companies in Oregon.. The WAC is one of the top three angel conferences in Oregon. It has invested more than $1.5 million in Oregon companies since 2009.
Registration for this year’s WAC conference is $125 and includes breakfast, lunch and conference materials. A VIP reception for all applicants, speakers, sponsors and investors will be held the previous evening, May 13, from 5:15-8:30 PM at The Vue in Downtown Corvallis. The public is invited to attend the reception for a cover charge of $15.Interested parties can register for both events at: www.willametteconference.com
For more information on the conference, contact Kevin Dwyer or Heather Bodenhamer at the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, 541-757-1505.