Elevate Capital Newsletter

October 2019

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

Elevate Capital Unveils Newly Redesigned Website

It's here! We're excited to announce we've launched our newly redesigned Elevate Capital website.

Visit and explore and see what’s new with our team and portfolio companies. Stay connected and subscribe to our newsletter and blog. A special thank you to our marketing and SEO partner Superneat Marketing


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Nat Parker Joins Elevate Capital as Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Nat Parker, a successful entrepreneur and CEO who ran local urban mobility startup GlobeSherpa, then moovel North America after GlobeSherpa’s acquisition by Daimler AG, has joined the Elevate Capital team as our new Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR). 

“Nat is an incredible entrepreneur who combines a high level of passion and drive with the ability to learn quickly and motivate teams around difficult tasks,” said Nitin Rai, Founder and Managing Director of Elevate Capital. “As EIR, Nat will serve as a mentor and coach to other entrepreneurs in the Elevate Capital portfolio.” 

Check out the latest stories about Nat on the Portland Business Journal and The Oregonian

Brandon Ross Joins Elevate Capital as Senior Associate-Analyst  

We’re excited to welcome Brandon Ross to the Elevate Capital investment team as our new Senior Associate-Analyst. Prior to Elevate Capital, Brandon worked as a Senior Associate with the Meketa Investment Group in 2019 as part of the merger with Pension Consulting Alliance (PCA). 

At Elevate Capital, Brandon will be responsible for portfolio and investment level performance measurement and analytics, investment manager due diligence, working with clients to establish their investment beliefs and investment policies, and assisting with various client and internal projects. 

Brandon received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a focus on Race and Politics from Reed College.

Portfolio Company Spotlight: Hemex Health Wins 2019 CPI Grant

Congratulations to Hemex Health for receiving one of the West Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) seven grants in the 2019 Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation (CPI) competition. 

Hemex Health’s Hb Variant test was awarded a $45K Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation (CPI) grant last month. Hemex Health demonstrated their technologies at the CTIP Symposium on September 19 at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. 

In the photo below, Dr. Umut Gurkan from Case Western Reserve University, and inventor of the Hb Variant technology, is training lab technicians on the Hb Variant Test in Nigeria.  

“This grant will fund a study that uses our affordable, accurate, and compact testing Gazelle™ diagnostic platform to screen a large number of infants in Ghana for sickle cell disease during their first vaccination appointment,” said Patti White, CEO of Hemex Health. 

Learn More About Hemex Health

Elevate Capital Welcomes New Portfolio Company: ToolBelt 

With the residential construction industry facing a skilled labor shortage, the ToolBelt app is tackling the industry’s biggest challenge–limited labor capacity. ToolBelt bridges the word-of-mouth connection gap between general contractors and subcontractors by connecting them to available projects on the platform. 

ToolBelt is also the only active database of contractors of all trades in the world. ToolBelt is available in both English and Spanish while providing autotranslation messaging for easy project communication. 

“ToolBelt has partnered with established industry channels to go to the market, and since launching, more than 350 contractors have joined with over $300,000 of projects connected! Finding a reliable crew used to take days, weeks, even months for the right project. Now it only takes hours ...” said Josh Englebrecht, Co-Founder/CEO and Ross Barbieri, Co-Founder/CTO of ToolBelt (pictured below).

Learn More About ToolBelt

Portfolio Company Spotlight: Healers PetCare Helps Save the Rainforest

Healers PetCare and Biolley Farms have joined forces to help save the Costa Rican rainforest. “Our expanded partnership with Biolley Farms is helping to promote conservation efforts in the Costa Rican rainforest and encourage local micro-businesses to flourish,” said Terri Entler, Founder, President and CEO of Healers PetCare. 

“Purchasing Healers products now means you are supporting conservation. You’re also promoting women-owned businesses, and empowering women and other farmers in the region to earn livable wages so they can support their families," adds Terri.
Read More About Healers PetCare

Célage Bioscience Online Shopping Now Available 

Online shopping is now available on the Célage Bioscience website, no appointment necessary. Célage is one of Elevate Capital’s newest portfolio companies. The Célage Bioscience team has developed a clinically-advanced Treatment System with growth factor-based skincare that’s enhanced by at-home microneedling. 

“We’ve made it even easier for you to receive the benefits of microneedling at home, with a click of your mouse, phone or tablet. With your purchase, enjoy a 30-day, money-back guarantee,” said Kateigh Williams, CEO of Célage Bioscience.

Learn More About Célage Bioscience

Founder Insights Video Series: Chelsea DeLoney  

In our Founder Insights video series on the Elevate Capital YouTube Channel, Chelsea DeLoney, Founder of Chelsea DeLoney Collection, reveals her venture capital experience. Check out Chelsea’s insights to fuel your own success story.

“Getting funding is a huge barrier that’s really frustrating. People will often tell you no. But if you believe in yourself and persevere, you can overcome these challenges like I have," said Chelsea. 

Watch Chelsea’s Video

Portfolio Companies in the News

Healers PetCare: “Get a free box of goodies for your pup! (Animal Wellness Magazine).” Enter the Healers Health Pack Giveaway to win a 3-month subscription. Enter Now

The Wild: “Collaboration Tool The Wild Partners With Igloo Vision On Shared Immersive Environments (VRFocus).” Gabe Paez, founder and CEO of The Wild said, “Now you can experience The Wild from Igloo, connecting that room to collaborators in VR, AR, PC, or Mac from anywhere.” Read More

ToolBelt: “Reliable crews, consistent work, one place (Vancouver Business Journal).” Josh Engelbrecht Co-Founder/CEO of ToolBelt said, “It takes a team in order to complete a project. And that connection is not position-based, it’s project-based.” Read More

TrayAway: “TrayAway is grateful to be included in the Top 100 Global Startups of the Year. We’re so proud to be representing and supporting the global hospitality industry,” said Josh Johnston, President & Co-Founder of TrayAway.  Read More

Portfolio Companies Are Hiring 

Wear Pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every year, more than 250,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Join the American Cancer Society (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday, October 13 in Portland, Oregon for the non-competitive 3-5 mile walk to raise awareness and money to save lives from breast cancer. You can help in many ways: lead a team, join a walk, or volunteer.  

Handful, an Elevate Capital portfolio company, not only supports Breast Cancer Awareness month, the company gives 12.5% of the revenue from the sale of its Battle Cry Pink bras to the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the premier organization dedicated to reaching young women diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Upcoming 2019 Events

10/13: 8:00 am (check-in)
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Daimler Trucks North America
4555 N Channel Avenue, Portland

16th Annual Bend Venture Conference
Downtown Bend, Tower Theatre

10/21: Application Deadline
TiE Pitch Oregon Application
Ten to 12 companies will be selected to pitch in the Concept and Seed Stages

10/23: 3:00 pm
TiE Mentor Connect
Beaverton Chamber of Commerce

10/28: 5:30 pm
TiE Pitch Club Beaverton
Beaverton Chamber of Commerce

11/6: 5:30 pm
TiE Oregon Charter Member Dinner Series
Workplace Inclusivity Regarding Gender

Elevate Capital Sponsors

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