Applications Open for 2018 WAC

Applications Open for 2018 WAC

For Immediate Release

January 11, 2018


Eugene, Ore. — Applications are now open for the 2018 Willamette Angels Conference (WAC), an annual business plan competition held in Eugene on May 17th. Entering its 10th year, the WAC has invested more than $3 million in Oregon startups.


“The Willamette Angels Conference has become the premiere investor conference in our region. Year after year, we see growth in every measurable area: investors, funding, applicants, and conference attendance. We are excited about our 10th anniversary conference, and are looking forward to reviewing another great set of applicant companies,” said WAC fund manager Marc Manley. “Many other funds attend our conferences, providing an opportunity for applicants to receive funding from WAC and other sources.”


Applications are available at and are open through February 23. Companies that apply by February 12 will be charged an early-bird fee of $125. Beginning February 13, applicants will be charged $175.


After the application deadline, WAC investors will review all applicant companies. Ten semi-finalists will be chosen to participate in due diligence, and five finalists will be selected to present at the investor conference, where the winner of the estimated $200,000 – $300,000 Growth Stage investment will be announced.

Companies that are not being considered for the Growth Stage investment may be eligible to participate in the Launch Stage Competition for the chance to win a $2,500 prize package sponsored by founding sponsor Palo Alto Software.

Companies receive many benefits by applying to the WAC, whether or not they are they receive investment. All applicants will receive:

  • Feedback on their on their business plan from experienced angel investors.
  • Registration to the May 16 evening reception and the May 17 full-day conference followed by a cocktail reception
  • Opportunities to network with investors and other entrepreneurs from around the state.
  • A free 90-day subscription to LivePlan, the industry’s best-selling business plan software by Palo Alto Software.
  • Invitation to a free pitch clinic taught by an entrepreneur who has helped raise millions in capital for startups.

At the 2017 WAC, five Oregon startups received investments of $50,000-$250,000. Hemex Health and Diatomix shared last year’s WAC’s Growth Stage investment.




Founded in 2009, The Willamette Angels Conference is an investment group that connects early stage and seed startups with angel and venture investors. Startup and entrepreneurial applicants receive funding, mentoring, and connections to other advisory resources. WAC is designed to advance the innovation economy in Oregon and the Willamette Valley. Throughout its existence, WAC has invested over $3 million in startup businesses. WAC is produced in partnership by: The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce and Oregon RAIN (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network), and supported by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, and the Corvallis-Benton Economic Development Office.