Two Eugene startups named WAC finalists

Two Eugene companies, Moonshadow Mobile and Red Duck Foods, are among the five finalists who will pitch at the 2015 Willamette Angle Conference (WAC) in Corvallis, Oregon on Thursday, May 14. Other companies named as finalists include Abom, Arria Live Media, and Civil.

Moonshadow Mobile, led by CEO Eimar Boesges, is an Internet technology company on a mission to improve the way people understand, analyze and work with data.

Red Duck Foods, founded by Karen Bonner, Shannon Oliver, and Jessica Hilbert while students at the University of Oregon, is an organic food company specializing in original condiments, including flavored ketchups and cocktail sauces.

On Thursday, the five companies chosen as finalists will pitch for an investment estimated between $300,000 and $375,000.

Last year’s investment was awarded to Dune Sciences, a Eugene-based bioscience company and a graduate of the RAIN Eugene Accelerator.

In addition to the featured investment in a growth stage company, the conference will also feature a pitching round for launch stage companies. Among this year’s participants in the launch stage competition will be Cricket Flours, the winner of this year’s Fertilab Thinkubator Pitch Stream competition.

Thursday’s conference will be preceded by a reception and networking event to be held on Wednesday, May 13 at The Vue in downtown Corvallis starting at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online.

The Willamette Angel Conference (WAC) is one of the largest angel groups in Oregon. In addition to providing a source of seed capital and funding for early-stage startups, the WAC connects founders to investors and provides opportunities for networking.

To purchase tickets to the conference sessions on Thursday, please visit the 2015 Willamette Angel Conference website and look for a link at the bottom of the page.