As with the NCAA finals, what started with more than 90 startups began among the top nine, all of which will be courting real dollars at the virtual TechfestNW on May 21st. The winning company will go home with an angel investment of $ 125,000.

The nine finalists were won by 90 companies that participated in an educational program and investment event this spring that brings together entrepreneurs, investors and founders.

These nine startups will be presented to the public and judges at TechfestNW, a virtual conference that WW is hosting in partnership with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.

Amir Yazdani is Executive Vice President at Comscore. He is also an investor who mentors and coaches startups and participates in this competition called Angel Oregon Tech. He believes these finalists have the ability to scale and create jobs as they grow.

What Are Angel Oregon Tech Investors Looking For? A business plan that is as good as the product.

“Sometimes there are some really clever technicians – you know they’re geeks, but they’ve never run a business before,” said Stewart Yaguda, partner of the Oregon Angel Fund and one of the investors who has since enrolled overseeing Angel Oregon Tech’s founders in March .

OEN Director Amanda Oborne says some of this year’s finalists were not from the technology world, but founders who worked in a particular area identified a problem in that area and found a solution.

“We think of tech geeks who dropped out of college and had a great idea,” said Obourne. “[This year’s finalists] They are usually people who come from an industry in which they have had a lot of really relevant experience. “

Oborne added that artificial intelligence powers many of this year’s standout products – from productivity-enhancing headphones to robots picking strawberries. “What I really see,” says Oborne, “is that technology is in everything.”

– – Wear, a prenatal yoga and meditation app designed to guide the user “through pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond”. The app was co-founded by Heather Struwe, a Minneapolis doula and yoga teacher, and Maya Page, who previously worked at Target and Adidas, and includes prenatal and postpartum yoga videos, audio meditations, and teaching articles for “every four trimesters of pregnancy. “Carry is intended to be a partner during the pregnancy process – and a real-time virtual alternative to personal yoga classes before and after the birth.

– – Easeenet, created by Erin McCune and Andrew Kallenberger, Portland, is a tool that enables users to organize and store their “digital estate”. That means passwords for social media accounts, as well as important documents that people often forget to give before they die. This adds an extra layer of red tape to the bureaucracy. Easeenet also acts as a password management tool for non-tech users and is available in paid and free versions.

– – ThereCo-founded by Jacob Flood and David Doyon, Montreal, Enophone makes the Enophone, which looks like high-end noise-canceling headphones – and costs $ 399. This is a comparable price to audio giants like Bose. But the Enophone does a lot more than that. The device has the very latest in noise cancellation technology, but it also uses EEG sensors to measure the electrical activity generated by your brain and heart, and uses data from your sensors and computer interaction to determine your focus. The algorithms support Enosound – music created by musicians and neuroscientists in search of the perfect soundscape for deep work – and Enowork, a software tool for optimizing focus.

– – The light, Founders of Brian Forrester and Huston Hedinger, Portland, is a recruiting software tool that creates videos based on job descriptions to attract the attention of potential employees. Lumina customers include healthcare organizations such as Zoomcare and Rochester Health – but also The Dyrt, which makes software for enthusiastic campers.

– – NeupeasFounded by Anshul Porwal and Div Gill of British Columbia, the company has developed a robot that can pick fruit when needed, in any lighting and in any weather. Neupeak is specially designed for strawberries and charges a fixed rate per pound of strawberries collected. The device is designed to save farmers money and address labor shortages, but is also designed to work safely among people so that it can be integrated “as seamlessly as possible” into the farm.

– – QChange could be a bad manager’s worst nightmare – or godsend for those looking to keep their employees awake in meetings. Rob Buckingham and John Howes of Bend, founded by James Kelley, use artificial intelligence to “make meetings less sick” – including virtual meetings. The first product, Leader Experience, enables executives to receive pre-meeting prompts that focus on behaviors they have identified as important. After meetings, they are asked how they did it – and a selected peer, manager, or direct report is asked to comment on their performance. Managers can also receive anonymous written feedback – and find out whether their self-perception aligns with the perception of their team.

– – Remote videouses artificial intelligence to remotely automate the video post production process and “provide high-end Hollywood-grade tools at a fraction of the cost”. The tool was created using data gathered from real-world experience by post-production artists and founders Jordan Snider and Jeremy Bircher. Both have experience in this field. Snider worked as a colorist for major film and photo retouchers for 15 years, and Bircher is a serial entrepreneur and video producer whose work includes root cause documentaries and advertising campaigns.

– – Rewire the neuro has developed two products – Pipsqueak and Pipsqueak AI – that use artificial intelligence to help scientists analyze biomedical images. Founder John Harkness received his PhD in Neuroscience from Oregon Health & Sciences University and was a research fellow at Washington State University before launching Rewire Neuro. Pipsqueak’s clients include OHSU, Legacy Health, Stanford and the Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience.

– – What is open is in beta but couldn’t be more up-to-date as businesses close, reopen, and switch to takeaway or al fresco dining – and the information listed online can quickly become out of date. Founders Ali Eltahir, Walied Faisel, and Patrick Wells – all based in Portland – created What’s Open to make it easy to find the most up-to-date information by linking to company information with references like Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

Information and tickets for TechfestNW and Angel Oregon Tech can be found at techfestnw.com.