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2023 Conference

$300,000+ was awarded during the 2023 Conference

The 2023 Flywheel Investment Conference awarded over $300,000 on April 20, bringing the total to over $1.3 million that has been awarded to Washington based companies through the annual event. The 2023 Conference broke all past records with the largest number of applicants to date, an expanded three-day schedule, and the highest-attended conference since its inception.

Congratulations to our 2023 winner, GemaTEG, which took home an investment of $150,000!



Bellevue, WA

Founder: Manfred Markevitch and Maurizio Miozza

Awarded: $150,000 investment

GemaTEG develops innovative thermal management solutions for high-performance microprocessors (CPUs and GPUs) in data centers. The company was founded in 2019 in Seattle with its R&D center in Italy. DaTEG is the latest product in the company's portfolio of sustainable systems. Specifically designed for HPC and high-demanding applications, DaTEG is an active thermal management system with advanced thermoelectric technology. The system allows close control of microprocessor temperature, resulting in a substantial increase in computing power, reduction in power consumption, and noise. The product aligns with GemaTEG’s vision, where sustainability and high-performance meet.



SheFly (Gnara)

Seattle, WA

Founder: Georgia Grace Edwards and Charlotte Massey

Awarded: $50,000 investment

SheFly is an outdoor apparel company on a mission to make the outdoors better for all people through innovative clothing design. Their award-winning pants and leggings feature their patented zipper technology, which empowers everyone to answer nature's call and relieve themselves outside without removing any clothing. They design durable, innovative, and functional clothing so that everyone can explore as they are.



Seattle, WA


Awarded: $50,000 investment

Alphi is the first community-powered NFT database built to bring accessibility and transparency to the world of digital collectibles, enabling everyone to make well-informed decisions about the projects they get involved with. Their purpose is to make the digital collectible space accessible.


Citizen Mint

Bellevue, WA

Founder: Josh Hile
and Marshall Dunford

Awarded: $50,000 relocation offer

Citizen Mint provides wealth advisors a trusted, easy-to-use platform to access private market impact investments. With minimums starting at $10k and a curated list of exclusive opportunities, wealth managers are able to leverage Citizen Mint to help attract younger clients, diversify portfolios, reduce client performance volatility, and minimize their own revenue volatility.



April Needham
Director, SP3NW at Washington State University

Caitlin Morse

Founder and CEO, Brainspace

Chrismon Nofsinger

CEO, Nofsinger Group

Dave Parker

Founder, Author, and Investor / DKParker, LLC

Edwin Ortiz

Co-founder and CEO, Rejoicy

Glenn Adams

Flywheel Fund Co-Manager

Jared Byer
Managing Director - Startup Accelerator, gener8tor

Jerrilea Crawford

Mayor, City of East Wenatchee

Juan Barraza

Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, VertueLab

Julie Harrelson

Managing Director, Cascade Seed Fund

Marius Ciocirlan

Managing Director, Techstars Seattle

Mark Chopper

Amps Energy, CEO and Alliance of Angels Investor

Martha Montoya

Founder and CEO, AgTools Inc.

Minda Brusse
Founding Partner, First Row Partners

Omar Saucedo

TechSpark Community Engagement Manager, Microsoft

Raj Thiagarajan
Global Director for Industry Partners & Microsoft Cloud, Microsoft

Robert Pease

Managing Director, Cascade Seed Fund

Sarah Studer
Director of Platform, Techstars Seattle

Virginia Emery

Founder and CEO, Beta Hatch

Walter Thornw
Head of Product, ChargerHelp!


City of Wenatchee

City of East Wenatchee

Washington State Department of Commerce

Chelan County

North Forty Productions

Karr Tuttle Campbell

Clark Nuber PS

Washington Trust Bank

Nofsinger Group

JP Portrait Studio

Apple Sox

LocalTel Communications

Native Network

Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce



Cambridge Leadership Associate

AHT Insurance

Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority

GTC Technical Support

Cascade Seed Fund


Evergreen Bioscience Innovation


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