Value Ecology as One of Four Finalists & Four Semi-Finalists named for Local Investment Prize

Angel Investors select March 9 conference finalists - Eight local companies to pitch at Southern Oregon Angel Conference


The Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network has selected eight local companies to compete for an estimated $150,000 investment prize. Each company will pitch to investors and the public at the first regional venture conference on March 9 at the Rogue Valley Country Club. Registration is currently open to the public.
The first four conference finalists including Ambient Motors/Red Cloud, Cascade Peak Spirits, Folium Partners and YogiTunes will each deliver a ten minute pitch. A wildcard selection follows with Amalagamated Design, Equi-Tee, The French Connection and Value Ecology in a rapid fire two minute pitch where the audience will select one company to return to the stage for a ten minute pitch and consideration as a finalist for the investment.

In addition to these presentations a panel of venture capital fund managers will review each of the finalists. Fund managers include Diane Fraiman, Voyager, Shannon Heim, Capybara Ventures and the Oregon Angel Fund, Jim Huston, Founder and Managing Director with Bridge City Ventures and the Portland Seed Fund, and Gregg Semler, Pivotal Investments.

The conference keynote will be delivered by Shelley Gunton, founder of Castor & Pollux. The conference will conclude with network member manager Tom Becker announcing the winning company.

Conference attendees include investors currently active in due diligence with local companies raising seed investment capital, investors financially supporting this regional angel network initiative, founders and entrepreneurs of start-up companies including many of 31 investment prize applicants, conference sponsors and a broader audience of economic development, financial sector, university, small business development center and business innovation stakeholders. The public is invited to the March 9 conference at the Rogue Valley Country Club by registering at

This initiative is being lead by Tom Becker, Managing Member of the Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network and Steve Vincent, Avista Utilities Oregon regional business manager and founder of the Network.

About the Southern Oregon Investment Network
The Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network is an investor network, connecting early stage businesses with angel investors in southern Oregon. Its mission is to encourage, accelerate and showcase start-up companies. The competition for an estimated $150,000 investment prize is expected to have real economic impact in southern Oregon, generating new business and jobs using local entrepreneurs, talent and intellectual property. This network exists as part of SOREDI’s mission to create local jobs through entrepreneurial growth.

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