Northwest Entrepreneur Network Logo

First Look Forum
April 13, 2010

Congratulations to our top 5 presenters! EE Tech, Qworky, Zendorse, runner up, Nanocel & Winner is Inside Trip!

Where: Arctic Club, 700 3rd Avenue, Seattle

When: Tuesday, April 13

1pm: Registration opens
1:30pm: Event begins
5pm: Cocktail Reception


We are pleased to announce our third “First Look Forum,” a showcase we piloted last year to a full-house and rave reviews. We have re-imagined the event formerly known as ESIF, where over the course of an afternoon, we will feature 12 innovative businesses pitching to an investor audience. Our slate of presenters includes entrants from consumer products, medical devices, clean tech, web services, software, IT, healthcare, and materials sciences, who are currently being coached by investment professionals and serial entrepreneurs. Please note that these candidates only qualified for consideration if they had not yet pitched to the membership of an organized angel group (nor to a VC partnership)—so you’ll be sure to get a “First Look” at some varied and exciting new companies!

This is an investor-only event, but…
• if you haven’t yet received an invitation
• are an accredited investor
• and really enjoy bleeding-edge innovative startups, please sign up for our waitlist here,
Fill out a brief 4-question survey, and we will get back to you ASAP! Our last two events featured angel investors and venture capitalists from 18 area groups and firms, as well as individual angels in the northwest community. Audience participation is key—in American Idol style, investors pick the 5 most promising of the 12 presenting companies, and ultimately vote to select the grand prize winner. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Grand Prize includes:
• Swift HR Solutions “HR Starter prize”
Swift HR Solutions will provide a 2 hour strategy session focused on answering your questions about everything HR. We understand the HR needs of an early stage company and will work with you to develop and set priorities, as well as create a timeline to build an HR infrastructure created to support your Company's unique mission, vision, and values. The grand prize also includes 50% off the retail price of SwiftHR®-in-a-Box for up to 12 months after winning the First Look Forum.
• Fully-furnished office Space for 1 year, offered by Axios Law
Two fully furnished (yes, including whiteboards) workspaces with blazing Internet connectivity (bursts to 80Megabit). Located in the penthouse of the last cool commercial building in the downtown core with: over-height ceilings, skylights, balconies with water and Westlake Plaza views, shower for bike riders, janitorial service and utilities included. Walk to restaurants and transportation, and in easy reach of affordable parking.
• Zune provided by Microsoft

2nd Place receives a dedicated ADSL line with up to 5 seats of voice (for one year, unlimited calling, equipment included) provided by SpeakEasy

Top 5 Finalists receive Alliance of Angels pitch clinic, PSBJ Book Of Lists, complimentary invitations to Zino Society and Keiretsu Forum’s screening committee

Spring 2010 Coaches

Mark Ashida, OVP Venture Partners
Bill Bryant, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Paul Budak, Merge Healthcare
Chris Devore, Founders Co-op
Kevin Doren, Divergent Ventures
Jim Ewel, Adometry
Ken Glass, Glass5 LLC
Chris Howard, Ignition Partners
Greg Huey, Alliance of Angels
Andy Liu, Buddy TV
Byron McCann, Ascent Partners
Kirsten Morbeck, Warm Springs Partners
Jim Nelson, Integra Ventures
Joseph O'Neill, Tiger Mountain Group
Jane Park, Julep Nail Parlor 
Tim Porter, Madrona Venture Group
Hoyt Priscock, Attention Sciences, Inc.
Susan Sigl, SeaPoint Ventures
Lisa Song, Red Lantern Journey's
Dan Shapiro, Photobucket (formerly Ontela)

Feedback from participants:
“The screeching 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 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"
"NWEN's first look forum put divvy on the map ever since presenting, we've been busy answering invites to pitch to almost every angel stable in the city."

*3/1- 3/12: First round of coaching
*3/16: Selection of 12 presenters
*3/17-3/26: Second round of coaching
*3/29: Think Like an Investor workshop for final 12, NWEN Offices
*3/30 or 3/31: Workshop and individual pitch coaching from Pivotal Presentationsfor final 12, NWEN offices
*4/5: Revised executive summaries due
*4/8: Presentations due
*4/13: The big day!

13 Apr 2010 6:00pm

  • Arctic Club Hotel, 700 3rd Avenue at Cherry, Seattle, WA 98104, USA