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Startups Compete for Prize Money

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EUGENE, Ore. — Investors will choose one startup company to receive almost a quarter of a million dollars at this year’s Willamette Angel Conference.

Five startup companies are vying for the top prize to help get their company off the ground. They’ll display their innovations at the UO Ford Alumni Center on Thursday.

One company from the area is a technology firm in Eugene called Dune Sciences. The founders created the world’s first laundry additive that coats textiles with antimicrobial agents that kill bacteria.

That way, it keeps them from transmitting disease and preventing order.

“It is very effective. We often treat a wide variety of products, everything from dish rags to socks to jerseys and we’re always trying to outdo each other…how long can we wear it, or how long can we use it without building up persistent odor. The reality is we don’t, because we haven’t reached that point,” says John Miller with Dune Sciences.

Another local company is Carts and Tools out of Corvallis. They create battery a powered tiller and an electric wheel hoe.

The conference is at 8 a.m. Thursday and the winner will be announced Thursday afternoon.

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