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Don't call it a comeback.
Following a damning, if not a bit misled, report from 60 minutes about "The Cleantech Crash," some indicators in Oregon are pointing to a bit of a rebound.
Exhibit A? Two of the three finalists at this year's Angel Oregon, one of the state's largest startup pitch contests, fall into the cleantech category.
Angel Oregon brings early-stage investors together with companies seeking seed funding or growth capital.
Agricultural drone company HoneyComb Corp. and Energy Storage Systems join cloud computing company Nouvola as the three companies vying for Angel Oregon's purse, which reached $260,000 last year. We wrote about HoneyComb's water- and pesticide-saving technology last month.
Both HoneyComb and Energy Storage Systems received early grant funding from Oregon BEST, one of the state's signature research and commercialization organizations.
The 2014 Angel Oregon field was narrowed down from 60 applicants to 15 companies. While the official funding contest is closed to the public, a pitch event featuring all 15 initial contenders will be held April 16 at Portland's Sentinel Hotel (formerly Governor Hotel).