Folks in the Seattle tech community have been talking for some time now about ways to get more early-stage capital flowing. That’s one of the reasons why John Sechrest started the Seattle Angel Conference, hoping to get more people writing checks for high-quality startups in the region. He’s off to a pretty good start.

On Thursday, the Seattle Angel Conference doled out $100,000 in cash from a group of Northwest angels that included Charlie Kindel, Andrew Royal, Rebecca Norlander, Christina Storm, Scott Wigton, Mike Koss and others.

“I am very happy with the results,” said Sechrest of the event. “We have a strong interest from many of the investors to do it again.”

The top prize went to Illumagear, which is developing products to illuminate workers on constructions sites so they can be more visible from all angles. The company — led by Max Baker — says that it holds a provisional patent on lighting individuals in a 360 degree manner.

Other startup presenters included Buddy Platform, Apptentive,, Stockbox Grocers and Homeschool Snowboarding.

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  • Roy Leban

    Awesome! Congrats to Illumagear for the win. Congrats are also due the other five companies (impressive diversity in the set), the investors, and John Sechrest and the Angel Conference.

    The Willamette Angel Conference (which John also started, in 2009) just had their fourth conference and fourth investment. I hope Willamette’s success is an indicator of what the future holds for this conference — as discussed recently, Seattle can certain use additional ways for startups to find investors.

  • theoutlander

    Congratulations to Illumagear and all the participants!! Thanks John Sechrest for introducing this to Seattle. :)

  • Bryan Starbuck

    A lot of thanks are due to John Sechrest.  He is doing a valuable thing by expanding the investor base in the Puget Sound area.   He also ran a great event and made it go smoothly.

  • Anon

    Isn’t it odd that one of the angel investors is also employed at the winning company, Illumagear?

    • Andrew Royal

      Anon, you may want to check your dates.

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