Seattle Angel Conference Names Six Finalists

5/10/12Follow @curtwoodward

With just a few weeks left until its big demo day, organizers of the Seattle Angel Conference are announcing the finalists competing for an investment of about $100,000. And it’s a pretty wide range of startups, from tools for software developers to outdoor clothing and even neighborhood grocery stores.

I wrote about the Seattle Angel Conference several months ago, when it was in the very early planning stages. The idea is modeled after a series of conferences that have been held in Oregon, aimed at drafting new or inexperienced angels with a collaborative vetting and investing process.

Each investor kicks in a few thousand dollars to the effort. The pooled money is then invested in the winner of the pitch competition, which is scheduled for May 31 at the Makers Space, a co-working facility downtown.

Conference organizer John Sechrest says the six finalists were selected after several weeks of due diligence from the investors. Here they are:

Apptentive: Software tools that let mobile app developers easily incorporate customer-feedback features, such as ratings.

Buddy: Started by former Microsofties, this startup sells online services and analytics for mobile app developers and publishers.

Empower.me: A Web service aimed at helping parents boost teenagers’ learning by tying progress with online lessons to their allowance.

Homeschool Snowboarding: The one Portland, OR-based startup of the bunch, this company says it makes breathable, durable outerware for snow sports.

Illumagear: Pretty stealthy right now, but it appears to be developing light-emitting safety gear for the construction industry.

Stockbox Grocers: This startup converts shipping containers into mini grocery stores to help get healthier food in urban areas where selection is poor.

Curt Woodward is a senior editor for Xconomy based in Boston. Email: cwoodward@xconomy.com Follow @curtwoodward

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  • http://www.lifescienceinvestorsummit.com Dr. Raj Nihalani

    Congratulation to the 6 finalist!
    Message to Angel Investors: As the US economy improves, health care spending in increasing. We are seeing increase in worldwide use of medical technology. Countries like Russia, India, China, Brazil, Singapore, Poland, Germany, Taiwan..are building med tech parks and matching $ to $ investments. A under writer in Taipei said “we are seeing a health care bubble, and investors are pumping money in the medical device and generic drug sector all part of biotech industry”. This is the best opportunity to invest in health care and life science technologies. The FDA process has improved dramatically and there have been more approvals this year. This is “the” opportunity to not outsource innovation in life sciences, if US innovation moves overseas, health care cost in US will be unbelievably expensive, unaffordable, because we will be paying big bucks to India, China or Russia for the innovations which were founded in US but funded overseas!! Something to think about!!
    A entrepreneur and investment banker in Shenzen China commented “We are in early stages of life science bubble” which is growing internationally.
    Take advantage of startups here in the US and fund them along with other technologies like the winners mentioned in this blog

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