5 highlights from the Angel Oregon Showcase


The entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well at the Oregon Angel showcase, an annual event for angel investors and early stage entrepreneurs.

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Photo courtesy of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

The entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well at the Angel Oregon showcase. The annual event for early stage investors and startups took place Wednesday in the Sentinel Hotel.

Click through for 5 highlights from the event.

1. Keynote selfie

Ekaterina Walter, author of Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook’s Improbably Brilliant CEO,  displayed her social media chops by starting her speech with a selfie.

Walter debunked several leadership myths. Failure isn’t a bad thing, she said. And originality isn’t unimportant — it doesn’t exist.

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After she left the stage, master of ceremonies Neil Nathanson — in one of many tongue-in-cheek statements — wished her nothing but failure.

2. The Nuzzle pitch

Christine Enderby pitched products aimed exclusively at women to a male-dominated crowd.

The company is targeting the estimated 40 million women who suffer severe pelvic cramps and lower back tension, as well the 500K who suffer from endometriosis.

3. Crowdfunding panel

Three CEOs — Ryan Grepper, Matt Capozzi, and Terry St. Marie — took the stage to describe successful Kickstarter crowdfunding strategies.

Sage advice:


4. The craft beer enthusiast — in moderation

Chris Maier of the Portland-based GrowlerWerks kicked off his presentation by announcing: “we aren’t high tech; we’re beer tech.”

GrowlerWerks produces a “uKeg” that ensures craft beer doesn’t spoil. It preserves a growler’s-worth for up to a month, instead of being cold for just 24 hours.

Asked panelist Scott Sandler: “Who takes that long to drink that much beer?” 

“I do,” responded Maier.

Maier’s team is serious about the science of preserving beer.

5. The winner

 SpaceView took home the grand prize: $250,000. The startup builds software that allows people to visualize an object in their home before they buy it.


The crowd favorite? BrandLX by SightWorks.

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