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Carl Niedner, founder and CEO of Code3Simulator, talks about his company's goals to a group of venture investors and startup companies during last year's Willamette Angels Conference, which was held in Eugene. This year's conference is scheduled for Thursday at the Whiteside Theatre in Corvallis.  

The deadline to apply for the 2017 Willamette Angels Conference is Feb. 24.

Startup company owners who are interested in applying for the competition can do so on the conference website,

The application includes a $125 fee, though companies that apply before Feb. 13 will pay an early-bird fee of $95.

The Willamette Angels Conference is an investment conference that connects startups with angel and venture investors.

Submitting a plan to the conference gives startup companies the opportunity to reach investors, gain fundraising experience and secure investment dollars.

Throughout its eight years, the conference has invested more than $3 million in startup businesses, according to a news release.

Last year, the Willamette Angels invested $1.2 million in startup businesses. That included $300,000 to Willamette Angels Conference co-winner Code3Simulator, based in Corvallis, and $100,000 to conference co-winner Agility Robotics, based in Albany.

The Willamette Angels Conference is produced in partnership by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce and Oregon RAIN (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network) and supported by the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce and the Corvallis-Benton Economic Development Office.

“Over the past two years the Willamette Angels Conference has substantially increased investors, funding and applicants,” said Marc Manley, executive director for Oregon RAIN, in the news release.

Cooper Whitman, president of the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, and co-organizer of this year’s WAC, said that the event showcases regional startups and their innovative accomplishments.

“It allows startups in the mid-Willamette Valley to demonstrate that our small area of the state has real potential for global impact through entrepreneurs and new businesses,” Whitman added, in the news release.

The conference is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. May 11 at the Whiteside Theatre in Corvallis. Through April 28, tickets are $90, $65 for chamber members and RAIN alumni. After then, tickets are $110 or $85 for chamber members and RAIN alumni.

The featured speaker for the Willamette Angels Conference is Eric Breon, founder and CEO of Vacasa, the second-largest U.S. technology-enabled vacation rental company.

Breon will discuss the origins of Vacasa, its rapid growth and his personal advice for entrepreneurs.

In addition to the conference, the Willamette Angels will offer a free pitch clinic on March 10.

Kyle Odegard can be reached at, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.


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