ZINO SOCIETY’S ZINO MARKETPLACE FOUR FUND FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
Thursday, November 17, 2011 | By: Mary Holmes
SEATTLE – November 16, 2011 –At yesterday’s ZINO Marketplace Investment Forum, ZINO Society showcased 19 entrepreneurs from seed, early-stage and expansion consumer products & services companies seeking funding. Four Fund Finalists were selected for further due diligence by the Fund Investors and announced at the end of the program. In addition to other individual investments that may be made directly, one company will be awarded $50,000 from the 2011 ZINO Annual Angel Investment Forums Fund after due diligence is completed.
2011 ZINO Marketplace Fund Finalists
Left to right: Dean Lester, Vizua; Robin Elenga, Revel Body; Dave Owen, Proz Inc. ; and John Baker, Thos. Baker
ZINO Zenith Award for Best Presentation Whit Alexander of Burro with Cathi Hatch, ZINO Society
ZINO Zenith Award for Best Investment Opportunity, Dean Lester of Vizua with Cathi Hatch, ZINO Society
ZINO Zenith Awards winners were also announced as selected by text voting of all attendees.
Best Presentation Whit Alexander, Burro
Best Investment Opportunity Dean Lester of Vizua
5-Minute Presenting Companies eligible for $50,000 ZINO Annual Angel Investment Forums Fund Included:
Proz, Inc. www.findproz.com
Thos. Baker www.thosbaker.com
Her Interactive www.herinteractive.com
Global Index Group www.globalindexgroup.com
Ballpark Classics, Inc. www.ballparkclassics.com
Cathi Hatch, ZINO Society CEO facilitated a fascinating panel of consumer product and service entrepreneurs and experts who shared their success stories, advice, and what they would do differently today if they were just starting their businesses.
-Renee Benhke, Founding President, Sur La Table
-Fran Bigelow, Founder Fran’s Chocolates
-Marcus Charles, Owner, The Crocodile; Owner, Local 360; Owner, Capital Hill Block Party
-Matt Galvin, Co- Owner, Pagliacci Pizza, Co-Owner, Macrina Bakery
-Frank Isernio, President, Isernio Sausage
-Curtis Kopf, Managing Director, Customer Innovation, alaskaair.com, Alaska Airlines
About ZINO Society
ZINO Society is a society of angel investors, entrepreneurs and connectors. Since 2005, ZINO Society has coached over 500 companies and facilitated angel funding in excess of $18.8 million for early-stage and expansion businesses in the Pacific Northwest. More information can be found at zinosociety.com.