Submit a Plan
Submitting a plan to the WAC gives your business the opportunity for exposure, increased experience, and the opportunity for investment. Five to six finalists are selected from the pool of applications.
Below you will find the link to submit a plan, a timeline of events and deadlines that are important to the application process, and the benefits of participating in the conference.
Willamette Angel Conference uses Gust to manage business plan submissions. You will need your executive summary to begin the submission process and to qualify for the early bird discount. All materials can be updated at anytime before the deadline.
Feb 14: Early bird deadline to submit your business plan. All submissions must be received by midnight on Thursday, February 14, 2013.
Feb 26: Final deadline to submit your business plan. All submissions must be received by midnight on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.
March 14: Smart-ups PubTalk - Speed Pitches. This event is not required but is recommended. It is designed for practice, exposure, and networking opportunities. Investors will be attending this event. Visit the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce to register for upcoming Smart-ups events.
April: Companies begin working with WAC Investor group on due diligence and to practice presentations.
Late April: Finalists notified.
May: Half-day finalists seminar, Pitch Clinic for submitting companies.
May 9, 2013: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Willamette Angel Conference in Corvallis, Oregon. Winner of the investment prize* will be announced at the end of the conference. Registration for the conference is included with a business plan submission.
*The winner receives an investment in the form of a convertible note. This is not a grant, but is an investment in the company as debt that can be converted to equity. Download the DRAFT Willamette Angel Conference 2012 Company term sheet here.
More Than an Investment Opportunity
Particiapting in the WAC has many benefits that go beyond the opportunity to receive an investment prize. Many entrepreneurs value the learning experience, the opportunity to better understand their own business model, and the opportunity to see how funding works
Receive Valuable Coaching
Early applicants have many opportunities to pitch, improve, and perfect their business plan through practice, training, and advisory sessions.
Finalists receive valuable coaching from our selection committee on preparing the business pitch.
Get feedback from Angel and Venture Capital Investors
Presenters at the conference will be critiqued and get feedback from the investors panel.
Gain Insight from Speakers
All applicants have access to a business pitch clinic. Refining a business pitch is not only for obtaining investment capital but also learning how to talk about your business in a way that is clear and easy to understand. Quick pitches get noticed.
Discover Networking Opportunities
Companies not chosen to present will have the opportunity to set up a table during the event and network with an audience of angel investors and experienced institutional investors.
The Willamette Angel Conference, LLC is comprised of investors mostly from the mid-Willamette Valley. But the investor groups' fundamental interest is good investment. Companies in Portland, throughout Oregon, and the greater Northwest are welcome to apply, recognizing the potential bias based on the investor group.
Matching funds from OGA are now available for winning Oregon companies.