Contributed by Matt Hollander, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce
The Willamette Angel Conference (WAC) has announced the five Launch Stage finalists for its 5th annual conference to be held on May 9th at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center in Corvallis. The finalists were chosen from 40 Oregon and Southern-Washington based start-up companies.
The five finalists are vying for investment estimated to be in excess of $200,000*. The WAC investors are actively performing due diligence on the finalists to determine which companies are best suited for their investment.
Five finalists will be selected from the group to present at the WAC. Register here to see the finalists compete at the Willamette Angel Conference.
Amorphyx – Corvallis – Amorphyx
Amorphyx leverages innovations in amorphous metals to redefine flat panel display backplane cost and performance while enabling mass production of flexible displays.
DesignMedix – Portland – www.DesignMedix.com
DesignMedix, Inc develops drugs to overcome drug resistance in multiple diseases, and has a malaria drug nearly ready for human trials.
Green Zebra Grocery – Portland – www.GreenZebraGrocery.com
Green Zebra Grocery is 7-11 meets Whole Foods–we’re creating healthy convenience stores for eaters on the go!
LanguageTwin – Portland – www.LanguageTwin.com
LanguageTwin adds conversation and culture to foreign language classrooms through an evaluative and structured student-to-student video chat.
Sonivate Medical – Portland – www.Sonivate.com
Sonivate has a disruptive, proprietary, FDA-cleared medical imaging technology that addresses critical needs in the $5B ultrasound market.
In addition to the launch stage finalists listed above, five Concept Stage companies will compete for a separate cash prize and in-kind services. These include Corvallis companies BioSenz, EnergIndependence, and TrashTalkr. As well as Eugene companies Hallspot and QE Chemicals, Inc.
This year is the fifth since the WAC began in 2009. The group includes investor members from Eugene and Corvallis, divided roughly half in half. The WAC event switches between Eugene and Corvallis in alternating years. The Eugene Chamber of Commerce leads the development, sponsorship, organization, and hosting of the event.
*The investment amount is still pending because the investor group is still open to new members.