Friday, November 30, 2018

The Winner of the Seattle Angel Conference XIV is Conquer Experience!

The winner for the 14th Seattle Angel Conference was Conquer Experience (, a VR and iPad simulation training solution for operating room nurses. Led by CEO Angela Robert, Conquer Experience’s software drastically reduces the amount of operating room training time a nurse needs prior to live surgery, resulting in significantly lower costs to hospitals.

Since kicking off the 10-week conference process in early September, the participating investors have delved into the applicant companies, whittling the list down to 6 finalists by reviewing pitch decks, pitches and engaging in Q&A and coffee meetings with the applicant companies. The last 4 weeks of the process involved even deeper engagement between the finalist companies and investors as they dug into the due diligence process to identify strengths and vulnerabilities for each opportunity.

The November 14th event brought the SAC XIV process to a close, starting with a snapshot of data about gender diversity for angel groups in the Pacific Northwest followed by a panel of investors including Javier Soto, Sarah Imbach, Serena Glover, Martina Welkhoff and Eric Berman. The finalists, Medsforall, Boom Learning, Demand Star, ID Genomics, Plover and Conquer Experience, pitched to a full room of investors, other founders and community partners, before investors in the SAC XIV group voted to select Conquer Experience as the winner.

Medsforall, a company creating the world’s first ampule based autoinjector, received the Audience Favorite award. Read more about all of the finalists here.

A special thanks to Microsoft Research for sponsoring the Seattle Angel Conference XIV process!

We'll be kicking off workshops in preparation for the next round of SAC in January. Workshop schedule will be posted on Meetup (here) soon. Application deadline for the next round is February 28th! Details about the application process at

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Meet the SAC XIV Finalists

SAC XIV - November 14th, 2018
The 14th edition of Seattle Angel Conference is ahead of us, with six competitive companies ready to present
on stage. As we head into the final event, let’s review the process they've gone through, and of course, who
are they. At the end of the event, we will have selected the company(s) which will receive the investment
from the investor fund.
So many companies have tried but only 6 has made it to the finals. For a series of structured investor meetings
designed to let the group learn angel investing by doing angel investing, from beginning until the end. After
reviewing the company profiles, from 53 applying companies we are now down to 6. They've gone through
several rounds of pitches and Q&A to identify whether they are investable or not.
On the companies' side, it's been a big thing for them to prepare and get ready for the pitches and slide decks
that they need to do. In my observation, it was an interesting thing for each companies as they take the challenge
to participate, they don't just look for the presentation to be prepared at the right time, but they get that chance
to provide a complete and concise data, logistics and opportunity while positively addressing all the key ideas.
Boom Learning - Is creating a cloud-based platform for teachers to create interactive lessons including real-time
data and instant sharing and distribution. (Kirkland, WA)
Conquer Experience - It's a digital simulation company and has an award-winning training solution for operating
room nurses called PeriopSim. (Vancouver, BC)
DemandStar - Building a purchasing network for all businesses and governments. (Seattle, WA)
IDGenomics - Developing precision diagnostic tests to guide the best antibiotic choice before the patient leaves
the doctor’s office in less than 45 minutes. (Seattle, WA)
Medsforall - Creating an ampule auto-injector, resulting in affordable manufacturing, a streamlined regulatory
pathway, and the ability to replace expired drug. (Seattle, WA)
Plover - A revolutionizing the carwash industry with a one-minute, chemical-free automated car wash.
(Portland, OR)

Join us and witness the 6 Finalist as they presented on stage and let's explore the process of Angel Investing and
help build a stronger startup ecosystem.