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First Seattle Angel Conference a Big Success

by Mike D

Palo Alto Software was pleased to sponsor the first Seattle Angel Conference, held May 31 at the beautiful Makers Space in Seattle’s historic Belltown district.

At the conference, an investor group of 19 investors actively interviewed and reviewed presentations from six finalist companies chosen from the original group of 26 applicants. Presenting companies had the opportunity to receive up to $100,000 in investment money. The six finalists included:

Apptentive – Seattle – http://www.apptentive.com. Apptentive is like GetSatisfaction + Salesforce.com for app developers. In under 15 minutes, developers can get better ratings & direct customer relationships.

Buddy – Seattle – http://www.buddy.com. Buddy provides a cloud services backend for app developers on any OS platform, and incredibly high fidelity analytics for app publishers.

Empower.me – Seattle – http://www.empower.me. Empower.me is a B2C startup in the TechEd space for parents and their students in high school and middle school. The Empower.me teen rewards system accelerates and augments parents’ efforts to ensure that the teen enters the real-world as a high-performing, engaged, prepared adult capable of meeting his/her full potential.

Homeschool Snowboarding – Portland – http://www.homeschoolsnowboarding.com. Homeschool creates the most durable highly breathable snowboard outerwear available to keeping the boarder warm and dry from the inside out.

Illumagear – Seattle – http://www.illumagear.com. A safety company working to impact the construction market by illuminating those who work and recreate in low light environments.

Stockbox Grocers – Seattle – http://www.stockboxgrocers.co. Stockbox Grocers improves access to fresh produce and grocery staples in urban food deserts to promote healthy and thriving communities

The winning company was Ilumagear, whose innovative safety light aimed initially at the construction industry was incredibly well received by the audience and investors. The company founder, Max Baker, entertained the crowd with a fun and compelling product demonstration and an extremely passionate pitch. Max very effectively demonstrated the safety concerns facing the construction industry as well as the vast market potential for his product.

Palo Alto Software provided the six finalist teams with access to LivePlan online business planning software. “This is going to make our life a lot easier. We have a few spreadsheets that we update each month, and the software should make my finance guy very happy,” Baker commented.

Congratulations to John Sechrest and his team for hosting a truly wonderful event and thoroughly enjoyable time in Seattle. The conference was a tremendous success and the hosts achieved their goal of bringing entrepreneurs and angel investors together. Palo Alto Software was proud to be involved as a title sponsor of Seattle Angel Conference and we thank them for holding a great event for their hospitality while we were in Seattle.