Elevate Capital Newsletter

March 2021

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.

Alia Daniels from Revry Makes Forbes Next 1000 List

Congratulations to Alia Daniels, Esq, Co-Founder and COO of Revry, for making the Forbes Next 1000 List that recognizes entrepreneurial heroes. Alia is a socially conscious media entrepreneur and attorney with more than 10 years of experience advocating for underrepresented communities in and out of the entertainment industry. 

Revry, an Elevate Capital Fund II portfolio company, is the first global streaming network representing the breadth of the queer experience with live and on-demand LGBTQ+ movies, shows, news, music, podcasts, and original content. 

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Goalsetter is on a Mission to Start Black and Brown Kids on the Path of Financial Freedom

Goalsetter is a financial literacy app for kids that gives them the tools to build wealth. Goalsetter, an Elevate Capital Fund II portfolio company, has seen impressive growth recently, and we’re highlighting a few of their recent achievements.  

12 Black App Developers You Need to Know: Tanya Van Court, Founder and CEO of Goalsetter, is #1 on the BET (Black Entertainment Weekly) list of Black tech professionals. “We are trying to create the next generation of savers, investors, and financially educated adults,” said Tanya. Read More

Nike and Goalsetter Partner to Increase Financial Literacy Among America’s Youth: Last month, Nike® granted $1 million to Goalsetter. “Nike is propelling a historic moment by helping to change the way America educates a whole generation of kids—using culturally-relevant, game-based content to excite and engage them, and start them on a path to financial freedom,” said Tanya Van Court. Read More

Brandlive Named #1 Most Innovative Company in Live Events Category

Congratulations to Brandlive for being named Fast Company’s #1 Most Innovative Company for 2021 in the Live Events category. Brandlive was also featured on Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies of the Year” list at #44 out of 400 global companies. 

Brandlive shared their impressive news on LinkedIn: “We work hard to deliver products that help the world's boldest brands and organizations cut through the noise with stunning virtual events that never compromise. Thank you, Fast Company, for the recognition. The future is bright.” 

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Forest Devices Announces Positive Study Results for Their Stroke Detection Technology

Forest Devices, a medical technology startup and new Elevate Capital Fund II portfolio company, released results from the EDGAR study of its ALPHASTROKE™ technology.  

“The results from the EDGAR study are a high-water mark in the global effort to improve early identification of patients needing thrombectomy,” said Matt Kesinger, Founder and CEO of Forest Devices. 

“As a former EMT on ambulances, I experienced the challenge of correctly identifying stroke patients with only a few clinical exam questions. The EDGAR study is the first study, in which a portable technology, designed specifically for Large Vessel Occlusion (LVO) identification, has been shown to outperform clinical exams currently applied by EMTs worldwide.”

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Blendoor is Featured as a Significant HR Tech Startup Player

Stephanie Lampkin, a TEDx speaker and former downhill ski racer, is the Founder and CEO of Blendoor, a diversity analytics and hiring software company. Blendoor was featured in the HR Tech Startups Market 2021 report as a significant HR Tech startup player. The study includes a “clear picture of the current scenario of HR tech startups and the forecast for the industry’s future.” 

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Kishau Rogers Shares Entrepreneurial Insights at Technically 200 Talks Podcast

Technically 200 Talks sat down with Kishau Rogers, CEO and Founder of Time Study, and Shane Fields, CEO and Founder of MDAlly, during a roundtable conversation where they shared insights on how they continue to build high-growth startups. Kishau is a seasoned engineer and data scientist with more than 23 years of experience in healthcare organizations. 

Time Study, a new Elevate Capital Fund II portfolio company, is a technology firm that powers the first-ever Enterprise Title Intelligence platform, presenting a clear picture of how employees spend their time to derive insights that drive progress. Time Study has been implemented in over 30 hospitals within the largest health systems delivering time intelligence for over 20,000 end-users.  

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The Wild Acquires Prospect by IrisVR 

Portland augmented and virtual reality (VR) startup The Wild announced it has acquired IrisVR’s flagship product Prospect—a powerful VR design review and coordination product that “aligns closely with The Wild’s vision to shape the future of immersive collaboration for teams.”

“With remote work becoming common for AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) professionals, we have a unique opportunity to redefine and improve the workplace through immersive collaboration,” says Gabe Paez, Founder and CEO of The Wild. “We intend to dramatically expand what is possible in The Wild and joining forces with IrisVR is a huge leap forward to empower more teams to experience their work together in virtual reality.”

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Upcoming Virtual Events

March 17 (3:00 pm): Mentor Connect, TiE Oregon

April 6 (5:30 pm): TiE University State Pitch Competition, TiE Oregon

April 9 (10:00 am): Women of Influence 2021, Portland Business Journal

April 21 (5:30 pm): Pitch Club, Mock Investor Meeting, TiE Oregon 

May 21: TechFestNW, Angel Oregon Tech

May 6–8: TiEcon 2021, Silicon Valley’s Annual Flagship Conference, TiE Silicon Valley

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