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Elevate Capital Newsletter

September 2020


At Elevate Capital, we believe there is tremendous opportunity to invest early and offer mentorship to underserved entrepreneurs. We provide the inclusive venture capital and guidance they need to turn their startups into great companies.

Minnow Pod Installs the Nation’s First Touchless Food Pod in Restaurants for Safe Pickup for Customers and Delivery Drivers

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Crisp Salads in Southeast Portland tells KGW News how the Seattle-based IoT startup Minnow Pod is a “game-changer” for contact-free food delivery and pick-up. "Trying to ensure the safety of customers as well as our team members is our number one priority," said Crisp Salads founder Emma Dye.

"Each of the cubbies is individually insulated so you can put hot food or cold food in there," explained Christopher Stanvick, vice president of brand and growth marketing for Minnow Technologies.

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Toolbelt App Expands Business to Seattle

Toolbelt, the #1 labor solution for builders and contractors, recently announced their much-anticipated expansion in the Seattle area market. ToolBelt bridges the word-of-mouth connection gap between general contractors and subcontractors by connecting them to available projects on the Toolbelt App platform.

“The expansion in the Seattle labor market is made possible by our phenomenal industry partners and great customers,” says Josh Englebrecht, Toolbelt Co-Founder/CEO and Ross Barbieri, Co-Founder/CTO. 

“Toolbelt can now give any contractor the ultimate green light to do business in the Pacific Northwest's two largest markets. Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout our journey.” 

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Onboard Dynamics Announces Instant Refueling for CNG Fleets

Last month, Onboard Dynamics announced the launch of its new GoFill™ refueling system. “It is an instant and nimble drying and dispensing unit for refueling compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles,” said Rita Hansen, CEO of Onboard Dynamics.

The new product eliminates infrastructure barriers for fleet operators who immediately need an easy CNG station setup to refuel their commercial trucks.

“We designed the GoFill as a companion to the GoFlo® compressor to create a CNG-in-a-day solution,” adds Hansen. “We’re excited to roll out our new product for NW Natural’s truck loan program and help contribute to the adoption of natural gas vehicles.”

Photo provided by Onboard Dynamics. 

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WEVO Partnership with Brandcast Empowers Marketer and Design Teams

WEVO is an industry leader in providing digital marketers the tools to optimize website conversions before a website goes live. WEVO recently announced they are partnering with Brandcast, the first code-free web content system for enterprise marketing.

“Brandcast aligns with our vision and we’re thrilled to be working together through this partnership,” said Tomer Azenkot, Chief Revenue Officer of WEVO. 

“Our complementary technology empowers the marketer and design teams while disrupting the old process of depending on IT resources to make changes to content. Pre-live testing and optimization has proven results in helping organizations increase engagement, improve conversion rates and deliver more revenue through digital channels.”

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Happy Labor Day from Elevate Capital: September 7, 2020

Upcoming Live Events

September 15 (5:00 pm) – Charter Member Dinner and Discussion, TiE Oregon

October 15-16 (live and virtual) – 17th Annual Bend Venture Conference, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)

Upcoming Virtual Events

September 8 (2:00 pm) – TiE Women Functional Working Session on Product Marketing Fit, TiE Oregon

September 16 (3:00 pm) – Mentor Connect Portland with Milind Pandit, TiE Oregon

September 16 (5:30 pm) – Pitch Club Mock Investor Meeting, TiE Oregon 

September 18 (11:00 am) – Health Care of the Future, Portland Business Journal

September 22 (5:00 pm) – Pub Panel, Raising Capital: Equity Vs. Debt., TiE Oregon

September 23 (5:30 pm) – Women Pitch Club, TiE Oregon

September 29-October 2 (Noon) – CAPCON 2020, Venture Life Science Conference 

October 8 (11:00 am) – Corporate Philanthropy Awards, Portland Business Journal

October 27 (5:30 pm) – Confessions of an Entrepreneur with Allie Magyar, Founder and CEO of Hubb, TiE Oregon

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