OEN NewsOEN Now Accepting Applications from the Northwest’s Brightest Entrepreneurs for OEN Angel Oregon 2013 Competition


November 15, 2011, Portland, Oregon – Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) today announced applications for OEN’s Angel Oregon 2013 investment competition are now being accepted, which is to be held Wednesday, April 17 at the Governor Hotel in Portland. This annual event serves as a platform for innovative entrepreneurs, investors and networkers in Oregon and Southwest Washington to build business connections and get inspired. OEN Angel Oregon also gives finalists the opportunity to contend for angel investment and other prizes, which topped $386,000 in 2012.

OEN’s Angel Oregon 2013 is targeting a $400,000 raise, representing a significant increase over prior years. Launch Stage companies will vie for the grand investment award of approximately $300,000, with the potential for a second Launch Stage investment, depending on the total funds raised.

Concept Stage companies will benefit from the return of OEN’s Upstart Day. All Concept Stage Semi-Finalist Companies will be able to participate in a complimentary day-long immersion with finance, sales, marketing, technical, distribution and strategy experts representing a variety of sectors, including consumer products, technology, and biotech. Many of these experts are also part of OEN’s Angel Oregon 2013 LLC investor group and are eager to get to know the entrepreneurs, and help them succeed. Two OEN Angel Oregon 2013 information sessions for entrepreneurs will be held on November 27 and December 5.

Investors looking to immerse themselves in Oregon’s hot entrepreneurial community, diversify their portfolios, or expand their networks will want to participate in OEN’s Angel Oregon 2013. The OEN Angel Oregon 2013, LLC will be comprised of new and veteran angel investors who collaborate with multiple objectives including:
• Educating new angel investors and enhancing the skills of veterans
• Growing a collaborative network of investors that endures beyond the conference
• Identifying and investing in promising, early stage companies – tapping the collective expertise and contacts of the group
• Building momentum for funding of early stage Northwest companies
• An information session for Angels will be held on November 29.

“OEN’s Angel Oregon is an incredible opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs to collaborate and connect, helping to expand Oregon’s economy and competitive job market.” said Ernie Bootsma, OEN’s Angel Oregon 2013 Chair. “This year we are anticipating increasing investor interest and participation from entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of Oregon’s business and startup community.”

The early-bird deadline for applications is Friday, December 14 at 5 pm; the final deadline is Wednesday, January 9 at 5 pm. Early bird applicants are eligible for a complimentary business profile review, and are provided an opportunity to re-submit their company application materials after that review. To apply or for more information, visit http://oen.wpengine.com/events/angel-oregon/.

About Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
Founded in 1991, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing opportunities for Oregon entrepreneurs and to improving the business climate for emerging companies statewide. The organization has members throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. For more information about OEN, visit www.oen.org.

Jeff Fishburn
OnPR for Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Leslie Constans
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network


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