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Brandlive CEO Kicks Off Angel Oregon Tech Startup Competition at TechFestNW 2021

We’re excited to announce that our very own Brandlive CEO Sam Kolbert-Hyle will help kick off the Angel Oregon Tech (AOT) startup competition finale at TechfestNW (TFNW), the Pacific Northwest’s largest annual tech conference.

This is TFNW’s second year streaming virtually, with a celebrated line-up of both national and local tech leaders sharing their knowledge. The conference is focused on innovation and community, and this year’s theme is “Emerge.” From the TFNW site:

“As we rebuild from the pandemic, we're focusing this year's event around redefining our purpose as entrepreneurs, creating a more inclusive tech economy and discovering new solutions, ideas and inspiration.”

This year, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is hosting AOT, with the OEN finale pitch event and winner announcement happening at TFNW. Nine startups will vie for a $125,000 from PNW investors.

Previous AOT winners were invited to kick off the AOT finale. With Brandlive’s 2013 win, Kolbert-Hyle will represent, appearing at 1:10 pm, after which the competition finalists will make their pitches. Kolbert-Hyle will share a bit about his experience with Brandlive over the past year, what he and the Brandlive team have learned, and how Brandlive is growing as a team.


In addition, for companies led by BIPOC entrepreneurs, TFNW and Black Founders Matter are honoring three startups with the newly created Include Awards. Awards are $5,000 each to launch new companies.

TFNW runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 21, 2021, online. Tickets are $25, or $15 for members of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.

We’re proud that Sam is part of this celebrated event for tech entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest! Join for a chance to learn, connect with locals at the forefront of technology, and to see Sam in his high-fashion banana-print Hawaiian shirt.