Entrepreneurs and startups in the Northwest, especially in Oregon, should be aware of several angel investment group investment programs coming up in the next few months.
The first of these is also the newest. The new Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network, based in Medford, is running a $125,000 investment competition whose deadline for submission closes this coming January 7 (although you apply for $99 until this Wednesday; it’s $149 after that). You can click here to submit a plan to that group. The event will take place in Medford on March 9, 2011. They are looking for Southern Oregon startups, but I understand they’ll also look at startups from the rest of Oregon or even somewhere else in the Northwest.
My personal favorite – because I’m a member investor – is the Willamette Angel Conference, which will have an event next May for investing something between $150,000 and $200,000. The actual amount isn’t set yet, but it was $165K in 2010, up from $125K in 2009, so we’re optimistic about reaching 200K in 2011. The event takes place in Corvallis. The group focuses on the Southern Willamette Valley, meaning Eugene and Corvallis, and alternates event locations between the two towns. To submit a company to that group, click here. The deadline for those submissions is March 19, 2011.
There are also active angel investment groups in Portland, Bend, and Hood River. Here’s a list:
Angel Oregon www.oenangeloregon.org
Gorge Angel Conference community.oen.org/docs/DOC-1428
Oregon Angel Fund www.oregonangelfund.com
Portland Angel Network www.oen.org/programs_pan.aspx
Seed Oregon Pub Talk www.oen.org/events_seed.aspx
Southern Oregon Angel Conference www.southernoregonangelinvestors.com
Venture Northwest www.oen.org/events_vnw.aspx
Willamette Angel Conference http://www.willametteconference.com/