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Mark your calendars and tell your colleagues! Fall First Look Forum will be Tuesday, October 18th. More details to come.


Tuesday, April 12
Arctic Club Hotel
700 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Program: 3:00PM - 5:00 PM

First Look Forum: this exclusive, bi-annual, invite-only investor showcase is the culmination of an in-depth coaching program that features 12 never-seen-before, early-stage growth-oriented startups from every segment of innovation in the Pacific Northwest. In a fast-paced afternoon, the investor audience votes to select five finalists, who in turn pitch to a panel of the region’s top VC’s. This standing-room only event is attended by representatives of over 20 venture and investment firms and angel groups…all there to hear pitches from entrepreneurs presenting to the investment community for the very first time! Attendance at this unique event averages over 100, and the only service providers in the room are the event sponsors.

Our Top 12 Presenters for Spring:

  • AgileEVM, Where Agile Meets Business.
  • Appitude, The Joy of Social Reading.
  • BodSix, Inc., Play In Your World.
  • Chocolopolis, Discover a World of Chocolate.
  • Flipout Screwdrivers, Go Where You've Never Gone Before With a Power Tool.
  • Guide Analytics, Helps patients manage heart failure and avoid hospitalization through the continuous monitoring of edema.
  • Little Borrowed Dress, Bridesmaid dresses you can return!
  • Meevine, Inc., Share ideas with friends, and together make it happen.
  • UrbanQ, Discover places and experiences you will like, anytime, anywhere.
  • ReadyPulse, Know your fans. Grow your followers.
  • SnuggleCloud, Personal online space for couples.
  • Woodruff Scientific, Inc., Tomorrow's world, today.

Who will be there? The following firms and organizations have previously participated as either coaches or judges! Founder's Co-Op, Divergent Ventures, Voyager Capital, Glass5 LLC, Denny Hill Capital, Ignition Partners, Alliance of Angels, Revenue Loan, Montlake Capital, Integra Ventures, Madrona Venture Group, Maveron, Trilogy Partners, Olympic Venture Partners, Puget Sound Venture Club, WRF Capital, Seraph Capital, Benaroya Capital and more.

Spring 2011 Coaches & Judges:

  • Gregg Bennett
  • Jack Breese
  • Doug Brown, All Star Directories
  • Chris DeVore, Founder's Co-Op
  • Kevin Doren, Divergent Ventures
  • David D'Souza, Moprise Vision
  • Geoff Entress, Founder's Co-Op
  • Ken Glass, Glass5 LLC
  • Jan Hendrickson, Denny Hill Capital
  • Chris Howard, Ignition Partners
  • Greg Huey, Alliance of Angels
  • Shirish Nadkarni, Livemocha
  • Villette Nolon, HomeSavvi
  • Mike O'Donnell, iCopyright
  • Joe O'Neill, Tiger Mountain LLC
  • Tim Porter, Madrona Venture Group
  • Jeff Schrock, Intel Capital
  • Bharat Shyam, Windows Azure at Microsoft
  • Jason Stoffer, Maveron
  • Malcolm Witter, Kibble and Prentice

Spring 2011 Pitch Doctors

  • Bryan Brewer, Business Plans Northwest
  • Lou Gray
  • Richard Jacroux, Cole & Weber United
  • John Jerome, Jerome & Associates
  • Rebecca Lovell, Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN)
  • Connie Miller, Pivotal Presentations
  • Vin Ricci, Foster Pepper
  • John Sechrest, Northwest Innovation Resource Center
  • Jamen Shively, Findood
  • Richard Wood, First Hill Advisors
  • Wunderman
  • Vin Ricci, Foster Pepper

Spring 2011 Judges:

  • Michelle Goldberg, Ignition Partners
  • Mark Ashida, OVP
  • Bill McAleer, Voyager Capital

First Look Forum Steering Committee:

  • Shelley Whelan, Keeler Investments Group
  • Jon Pincus
  • Geir Hansen, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Andy Boyer, Social3i
  • Rebecca Lovell, Northwest Entrepreneur Network
  • Mark Metcalf, Perkins Coie
  • Vin Ricci, Foster Pepper
  • Joe Whitford, Davis Wright Tremaine

Don't take our word for it:

  • "I love NWEN -- the First Look Forum was an amazing process -- it really stress-tested our business model and business plan, and forced us to get really crisp, clear and concise on exactly what we are doing and why. It's hard work, and well worth it!"
  • "We found our lead investor at the First Look Forum which was above and beyond what we expected and really accelerated our progress towards completing our round and launching our company."
  • "Lots of investor / VCs reaching out and wanting to set up meetings. I think I have 6 or 7 investment groups with meetings set up so far."
  • "The coaching process offered a time for deep review and having an open mind to excellent criticism from fresh informed minds."
  • "How NWEN got all those VCs and angels into one room is somewhat of a miracle!"
  • "I had a wonderful experience and I have had some exciting developments as a direct result of my participation at the First Look Forum."

12 Apr 2011 3:00pm

  • 700 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA