Finalists Named in Competition for Startups
Byline: Ilene Aleshire The Register-Guard
Four Portland startups - two with Lane County ties - and a Corvallis firm are finalists for an investment prize of more than $200,000 to be awarded at the Willamette Angel Conference in Corvallis next week. And two Eugene companies that are still in the concept stage are competing with three Corvallis firms for a prize of $10,000.
Meanwhile, in Portland, a Eugene startup is competing with 15 other companies for a year of free rent, a $10,000 working grant, and free professional and business services at a business competition for startups.
The five finalists chosen to compete for the grand prize at the Willamette Angel Conference are Portland startups DesignMedix, which develops drugs to overcome drug resistance in multiple diseases and whose CEO Lynnor Stevenson lives in Springfield; Green Zebra Grocery, described as 7-Eleven meets Whole Foods; LanguageTwin, which adds conversation and culture to foreign language classrooms and whose pedagogical development director is University of Oregon faculty member Laurie de Gonz[sz]lez; and Sonivate Medica, a medical imaging technology firm; and Corvallis startup Amorphyx, which has developed a method for increasing the brightness, speed and efficiency of displays such as computer screens and flat-panel TV screens. …