OEN's Angel Oregon

Our angels help great ideas take flight.

OEN’s Angel Oregon attracts the state’s brightest doers, innovators, and big thinkers.

Held in the spring of each year, OEN’s Angel Oregon offers early-stage companies an opportunity to compete for an investment award, historically $200,000 – $300,000, while receiving valuable coaching from angel investors and serial entrepreneurs. Concept-stage companies can also apply to compete for a package of goods and services worth over $15,000 that includes free office space.

Meanwhile, new angel investors have a chance to learn about angel investing, conduct due diligence, and network with experienced investors.

In 2017, OEN also awarded two $10,000 cash prizes and one $15,000 cash prize, provided by the Portland Development Commission, for women and minority entrepreneurs.


Our experience with Angel Oregon was extremely rewarding. Every step along the way helped make Yellow Scope a stronger business. Our due diligence team was composed of seasoned experts in finance, marketing, supply chain and logistics. Their advice and support helped us refine and streamline our business plan. Perhaps even more importantly, their support strengthened our confidence that we can do this!”

Marcie Colledge and Kelly McCollum, Yellow Scope

About Angel Oregon

OEN launched Angel Oregon in the late ’90s and the Spring Investment Program in 2005, which culminates in the annual Angel Oregon Showcase. During the Showcase, finalist companies present their pitches to a crowd of over 300 investors, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.

Since 2005, 885 companies have applied to compete for OEN’s Angel Oregon Investment Award and 123 were selected to present at OEN’s Angel Oregon Showcase. From 2005 to 2017, over $3.4 million has been directly invested through OEN’s Angel Oregon LLC Investment Award and there have been four favorable exits. Additional investment has been made outside of the LLCs, and Angel Oregon finalist companies have created more than 750 jobs.

Holly Madorra, founder of Madorra, won our 2017 Angel Investment Award of $200,000. Madorra treats vaginal dryness without hormones for the 32 million women who are currently suffering in silence. Past winners include Collexion, Nouvola, Brandlive, Wild Friends Foods, OpenSesame, and DesignMedix. See all past winners here.

See Holly’s winning pitch:

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