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May 2022

Angel Oregon Life & Bioscience Finale: Get Your Tickets!

Get in on the ground floor of Oregon’s emerging bioscience sector. Four startups will vie for a nearly $300K equity investment, to be announced at the AOBIO Grand Finale & Innovation Showcase on May 26th, 3-7pm at Amaterra Winery in Portland. Tickets on sale now.

May 26, 2022 3:00 PM
May 26, 2022 7:00 PM
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June 2022

Oregon Angel Food 2022

It’s back! For the fourth year in a row, Oregon Angel Food is bringing together innovators and experts in the food and beverage sector to support PNW Makers. If you make a food or beverage product and need to up-level or professionalize your packaging, promotional strategy, production, distribution, retail merchandising, online sales, intellectual property, financial modeling, inventory management, or go to market planning, we’ve got help for you.

We’ve upped our own game this year, partnering with the Good Food Consortium to develop a four-week education curriculum that will pack a lot of learning into a compact timeframe. In addition to getting access to top talent, including experienced food and beverage entrepreneurs and local retailers, you’ll also meet your peers and the community of local investors, service providers and agencies available to support your success.

The program is a best fit for:

  • Food or beverage makers of all kinds, anywhere (mentors and resources focused on the PNW)
  • Alcohol and CBD products are accepted, but no food-tech or other F&B-adjacent
  • Ideally post-revenue, with a product created and launched
  • Desire to eventually build a regional/national brand

OregonAF Education Series – $95 OEN Members; $125 Non-Members; includes:

  • Live Kick-Off at Tillamook HQ in Portland
  • Four core workshops featuring top local talent, plus Office Hours and other optional workshops, all conducted via Zoom and recorded
  • Live We Are OregonAF Mixer with mentors and investors in Portland
  • Pitch practice opportunities and feedback from mentors and investors
  • Option to have a sampling booth at the Grand Finale & Marketplace on September 15, 2022 at the Redd on Salmon St. in Portland

Plus, if you’ve dialed in your formula, gained local traction, and are seeking financing to scale up, at the end of the education series you’ll have the option to apply for the OregonAF equity investment. Local angel investors will pool funds (roughly $200K) to make an investment in one local food or beverage company at the end of the program, to be presented at the OregonAF Grand Finale & Marketplace on September 15th. All companies selected as finalists will pitch on the mainstage at the finale.

Investment eligibility:

  • Food or Beverage Makers in Oregon or SW Washington (Clark County)
  • No CBD products; no food tech or F&B-adjacent
  • Minimum of ~$10K/sales each of the last three months
  • Leadership team with relevant past experience
  • Ready to scale regional/national brand

The application for investment requires a Gust profile, including pitch deck and financials. Details will be provided to all OregonAF education series participants.

Key Dates:

The education program spans the month of June; investment due diligence runs July/August, and the Grand Finale & Marketplace will be at the Redd on September 15th.

  • June 7th, 4pm-6pm: Live Kick-Off at Tillamook HQ in Portland
  • June 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, 8:30am – 10am via Zoom – Core Education Sessions
  • June 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, 9:00am – 10am via Zoom – Office Hours with local experts
  • June 30th, 11:59pm – Investment application deadline via Gust
  • August 3rd, 5:00pm – OregonAF Investor Mixer (date/location TBA)
  • September 15thOregonAF Grand Finale & Marketplace at the Redd


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June 7, 2022 4:00 PM
June 30, 2022 10:00 AM

OEN June PubTalk: AOTECH PitchSLAM


Tech Founders: the stage is yours! Open-mic-night-meets-poetry-slam-meets-pitch-fest at this one-time Angel Oregon Tech PitchSLAM on June 8th at Eastburn. Emceed by Michael Goetz from Newmark and judged by Julie Harrelson and Robert Pease from Cascade Seed Fund, tech founders are invited to sign up on-site at the PubTalk for a 3-minute pitch to vie for audience love, bragging rights, media attention, and fun prizes.

To be eligible to pitch you must have a TECH company (software, SAAS, app, or otherwise tech-enabled innovation) established (it’s fine if you’re pre-revenue, but you need to have created an entity) and be based in Oregon or Clark County, WA.

One winner will have a 30-min consultation with Julie and Robert to talk about your startup, and the top three audience-vote getters will get a 6-month membership at CENTRL ($1,770 value), plus – SWAG!



Location: Eastburn, 1800 East Burnside St., Portland, OR

Time: 5:15pm

Hashtag: #oenpubtalk

Cost: $15 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.* 

Not yet an OEN member? Join today and you can get a free pass to a PubTalk!

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June 8, 2022 5:15 PM
June 8, 2022 7:30 PM
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September 2022

Oregon Angel Food 2022 Grand Finale & Marketplace: Save the Date

OregonAF is a premier PNW food + beverage investment event hosted by Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN).

The 2022 Oregon Angel Food Grand Finale & Marketplace will be held on September 15, 2022 at the Redd on Salmon St.

Following final due diligence, the Oregon Angel Food 2021 investment of $230K was closed with Puffworks. We are excited to watch the company grow and deliver on its mission to spread healthier snacking!

Puffworks Portland, OR | Puffworks lands at the intersection of two powerful trends: plant-based snacking and food allergy prevention, according to founder and CEO, Greg Murphy. Puffworks Organic Peanut Butter Puffs make it easy for parents to introduce peanut to infants (6+ months of age), as they dissolve easily and contain low sodium. Their crunchier Puffs, available in four flavors, like Strawberry PB&J, are a delicious option for older kids and adults and offer 4-5 grams of plant-based protein per serving.




Thank You 2021 Sponsors!


2021 Investment Finalists


Young Mountain Tea Springfield, OR | As founder Raj Vable, a Fulbright Scholar who connected with Himalayan tea farmers while working in the region describes it, his tea company started with a promise to farmers. He would help them develop financially viable operations that would give their rural children hope for making a living locally and maintaining their community-based production practices, by creating a company that would bring their high-quality teas to American consumers. Eight years later he has developed an avid following for the farmers’ loose leaf teas and is ready for expansion.



Face Rock Creamery Bandon, OR | Face Rock Creamery is an award winning specialty cheese producer based in Bandon that sources its milk from the greater Southern Oregon region. The company is already a home-grown success story and sells cheese nationally via Costco, Kroger, Safeway, and Whole Foods. Founder Gregory Drobot is seeking investment to expand to further grow sales and expand their facilities in Bandon, bringing more jobs to the region.



Sweet Apricity Vancouver, WA | Founder Tonya Butts explains that the word apricity (pronounced ah-priss’-i-tee) is derived from the Latin aprīcitās, meaning the warmth of the sun in winter. Her products, including sea salt caramels, vanilla marshmallows, and caramel sauce, are produced with ingredients like grass-fed beef gelatin and organic maple sugar that are specifically designed to meet auto-immune protocol (AIP) and paleo diets.


2021 Emerge Initiative Awardees



Khalsa Salsa Beaverton, OR | Growing up in urban India, no outing was complete without a visit to one of the bustling food stalls found around every street corner. Whether we stopped to snack on dahi papdi chaat or pick up chole  bhature for a hearty lunch, what made street food special was its “chatpata flavor” – a delectable blend of spicy, tangy, savory, and sweet.



Leslie’s Lumpia Portland, OR | Leslie’s Lumpia is about connecting with old and new friends through Filipino food and we’re bringing you the Filipino experience right to you! Our Lumpia is filled a wide variety of flavors and fillings. Each Lumpia is hand-wrapped with love to compliment a wide variety of flavors and fillings. 




Kama Hard Coffee Portland, OR | KÄMÄ’s mission is to be a premium hard coffee beverage and lifestyle brand for people who want to boldly express life’s punctuations and moments.



September 15, 2022 2:00 PM
September 15, 2022 6:00 PM
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Redd on Salmon St.
831 SE Salmon St.
Portland OR United States

November 2022

OEN Entrepreneurship Awards 2022: Save the Date


Please save the date for the OEN Entrepreneurship Awards, hopefully to be held live and in-person on Thursday, November 17, 2022. We’ll keep this page updated as the date and details are confirmed.


As a reminder, here are the finalists and winners from the 2021 Awards, held on November 18th, 2021.

2021 OEN Awards Finalists


Early Stage:

Development Stage:

Growth Stage:

  • Winner! Slumberkins Kelly Oriard & Callie Christensen | Co-Founders & Co-CEOs
  • ABSCI Sean McClain, Founder & CEO
  • RFPIO Inc. Ganesh Shankar, CEO & Co-Founder, AJ Sunder & Sankar Lagudo, Co-Founders


Entrepreneurial Achievement: 

OEN 30th Anniversary Award:

  • Winner! Absci | Sean McClain – Founder & CEO. Absci won the OEN Gamechanger Award in 2015 and the Launch/Startup Stage Award in 2017.
  • Salt & Straw | Kim Malek – Co-Founder & CEO, Tyler Malek – Co-Founder and Head of Innovation. Salt & Straw won the OEN Development Stage Award in 2014.
  • Vacasa | Lisa Jurinka – Chief Legal Officer. Vacasa won the OEN Growth Stage Award in 2018 and Founder Eric Breon was awarded the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award in 2015. 
  • Wildfang | Emma McIlroy – Founder & CEO. Wildfang won the OEN Development Stage Award in 2013, and Emma McIlroy was awarded the OEN Entrepreneurial Achievement Award in 2018.
  • Zapproved Monica Enand – Founder & CEO. Monica Enand was awarded the OEN Entrepreneurial Achievement Award in 2016.
  • ZoomInfo Henry Schuck – Co-Founder & CEO. ZoomInfo, then known as DiscoverOrg, won the OEN Growth Stage Award in 2015.


Learn More

Please contact Alex Gamboa Grand to make plans for the OEN Entrepreneurship Awards in 2022.


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November 17, 2022 5:00 PM
November 17, 2022 9:00 PM
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