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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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