A 100+ early stage companies applied to participate in the forum from all over the Pacific Northwest and Pluggd was one of the 25 companies selected to present. So if you are a seed investor looking for some great prospects you should plan to attend this event.
The selected companies were required to participate in several coaching sessions where local entrepreneurs who work with NWEN provide feedback on your pitch. This was a good (sometimes painful) experience. Before this, I was mostly interacting with technology industry veterans, but many of the coaches came from different background. This made me realize that I needed to change aspects of my pitch for people who may not have technology industry experience. I also realized that people who have run more traditional businesses can ask a lot of good business questions about a technology oriented company.