BVC’s Wild card entrant, The Handsel Corporation, advances at OEN’s Angel Oregon Spring 2015 Program

Twenty-five companies have made the first cut in OEN’s Angel Oregon Spring 2015 Program and will proceed to compete in the next round.

Hailing from Albany, Bend, Corvallis, Estacada, Eugene, Portland, Wilsonville, and Vancouver (Wa.), the companies represent a wide range of sectors—including business products/services, clean tech, consumer products, education, electronics, fashion, food & beverage, healthcare services, internet/web services, marketing/advertising, mobile, and software.

From a record 61 applications, these 25 companies have survived the first cut and will be presenting to OEN’s Angel Oregon investors. On March 17, up to 12 companies will be selected to proceed. The winner of the investment award, historically between $200,000 to $300,000, will be announced at OEN’s Angel Oregon Showcase on April 22.

The 25 companies currently in the running for our spring investment award are as follows:

Amorphyx (Corvallis/Electronics) “Redefining the cost and performance of today’s displays through new backplane technology; redefining manufacturing and supply chain for the future of displays.”

BuddyUp (Portland/Mobile) “BuddyUp is a matchmaking site for study buddies.” FUNDA (Portland/Education) “When your kids play, what are they learning? FUNDA can tell you.”

GarageSkins, Inc. (Albany/Consumer Products) “We’ve identified a $14B space in the home improvement markets that is untapped and have developed and patented a DIY product to launch into that market.”

GrowlerWerks, Inc. (Portland/Consumer Products) “We designed the world’s first growler system that works. It keeps beer fresh, cold and carbonated so you can enjoy it wherever and whenever you like.”

HydroStar USA (Estacada/Clean Technology) “Enabling a clean hydrogen industry with low cost systems and safe, clean electrolyte. Targeting green sustainable ammonia for fertilizer and energy storage.”

HygenaMobile (Portland/Business Products) “HygenaMobile is the world’s first patent-pending device that prevents germs from transferring from mobile devices to consumers in any environment.”

iTogos (Portland/Food & Beverage) “iTogos is an app targeting small-scale food vendors and people who have limited time to dine out. It saves 20 mins/meal for the customer and creates a new sales channel for the vendor.”

Language Zen (Portland/Education) “We’re a language learning web app that leverages music, data, and adaptive technology so our users can learn faster and with less frustration.”

LeaseEasy (Portland/Internet & Web Services) “We help landlords and tenants save time, money and risk through pre-qualified online search.”

Lumen Learning (Portland/Education) “Lumen is fixing a broken textbook market with open digital courseware that replaces traditional textbooks.”

MotioSens, Inc. (Portland/Consumer Products) “Smart technology monitoring activity, mobility, and wellbeing of seniors living alone. A growth market.No wearable. Easy to install. $30 a month for peace of mind.”

Outdoor Project (Portland/Consumer Services) “Combining inspiration, resources and social community to create the most dynamic marketplace for outdoor adventure.”

Presspoint CRM (Portland/Business Services) “Presspoint is a CRM and business platform for the 34M organizations that run on WordPress, the world’s number one content management system.”

Red Duck Foods, Inc. (Eugene/Food & Beverage) “Red Duck Foods is perfectly positioned to re-shape the $9.6B condiment industry with five certified organic condiments and national distribution.”

Sadie (Portland/Fashion) “Sell More Products Online. Sadie is Product Photography and eCommerce made simple.”

SavorSearch (Vancouver/Food & Beverage) “SavorSearch changes the game for the world’s $500 billion specialty food & drink trade with automated matchmaking to drive new business for buyers and sellers.”

SightWorks, Inc. (Portland/Marketing & Advertising) “Branded learning experiences for commerce, classrooms and corporate training environments.”

SpaceView, Inc. (Portland/Mobile) “SpaceView provides a streamlined visual approval process. SpaceView enables you to place a virtual object into a real space within seconds.”

SpinRiot, Inc. (Wilsonville/Internet & Web Services) “Our immersive publishing platform (SpinFolio) evolves how you market, sell and educate by delivering a personalized content experience. ”

The Handsel Corporation (Bend/Consumer Services) “A Facebook Canvas & web app that augments “classified advertising” Facebook Groups: We deliver curated content, powerful discovery tools and more to members.”

Third Ocean (Eugene/Software) “EB5.org is a digital marketplace that enables Immigrant Investors to receive permanent US visas by making an investment that creates 10 new jobs.”

Ultra Inc (Portland/Consumer Products) “Innovative environmental mobile health solutions that empower people to live ultra healthy.”

VDO Interpreters (Portland/Healthcare Services) “VDO Interpreters is Language company that provides Medical Interpreters for the Healthcare Industry utilizing the latest video conferencing technology.”

Willow Games (Portland/Mobile) “Willow equips mobile games with skill-based competitions that have limitless cash prizes which raise the stakes for gamers and make games more profitable.”

About Angel Oregon: OEN’s Angel Oregon is the premier investment program in the Northwest for angel investors and early-stage entrepreneurs.Since 2005, 612companies have applied to compete at Angel Oregon, and 89 have been selected to present. Three million dollars have been directly invested through OEN’s Angel Oregon LLC investment award and there have been three favorable exits. Additional investment has been made outside of the LLCs, and more than 740 jobs have been created. Learn more.

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