Elevate Capital Newsletter

April 2020

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.

Portfolio Companies Taking Action to Help Businesses During the COVID-19 Outbreak and Economic Crisis

Brandlive: Brandlive, a corporate live stream video with live chat capabilities, allows users to connect virtually from anywhere in the world. As newly imposed travel restrictions cancel thousands of events and conferences, Brandlive offers an opportunity for these events to happen on their platform. Learn More

Hubb: Hubb is event management technology for the meetings and events industry. By collecting, managing and marketing event content more efficiently, Hubb powers impactful, personalized attendee experiences. 

Allie Magyar, Founder and CEO of Hubb recently spoke at a TiE Oregon webinar, “COVID Survival: Tips for Startups” where she discussed step-by-step techniques to increase the runway of startups facing a cash crunch. Check out Hubb’s COVID-19 Resource Guide that includes relevant information on the events industry. Learn More

Hue Noir: As consumers turn their attention towards essential personal care products during the pandemic COVID-19 health crisis, “Hue Noir is determined to do its part for the well-being of its customers and the community,” said Paula Hayes, Founder and CEO of Hue Noir. Hue Noir recently launched a hand sanitizer gel with aloe vera on its website as a new addition to its product line. Sanitizers are available in 4 oz, 8 oz, and 16 oz sizes. The sanitizer kills 99.9% of common illness-causing germs. Learn More

Minnow: Minnow, a venture-backed IoT startup, has announced that its IoT-enabled food delivery and pickup stations (called Minnow Pickup Pods™) can provide residential buildings, workplaces, and other businesses with a safer, no-contact way to manage food deliveries and pickups in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. See how Minnow is adapting its business technology model to provide a safer, no contact food delivery solution. Learn More

The Wild: The Wild, a virtual and augmented reality collaboration technology, allows parties to connect with each other without physically meeting—especially helpful with the new imposed travel restrictions. The Wild’s technology works with VR headsets and other devices, enabling users to manipulate and work in the same virtual space. Learn More 

Vectorly: Vectorly’s online video platform enables content creators to upload, compress, host, and deliver videos quickly, using minimal bandwidth and buffering to their audiences. Its patented vector-graphics video codec reduces bitrates for animated, e-learning and e-sports content by up to 98% vs h265 while improving video quality. Learn More

TiE Oregon Launches COVID-19 Resource Page and Virtual Events

TiE Oregon is working in real-time to help the Oregon Entrepreneur Ecosystem by creating unique programs and revising existing programs during the COVID-19 health care crisis. Check out the TiE Oregon COVID-19 resource page for information about funding, free six-month memberships, targeted programs, and upcoming webinars.  

TiE Virtual Webinars and Events

  • April 2 (Noon to 1:30 pm) – Mentor Connect With Heather Samarin. Register

  • April 7 (Noon to 1:30 pm) – COVID Survival: Tips for Growth Stage Companies. Three area CEOs will tell how they’re responding and navigating the COVID crisis. Register

  • April 9 (Noon to 1:30 pm) – Mentor Connect with David Smith, Ph.D. Register

  • April 16 (Noon to 1:30 pm) – Mentor Connect with Spencer Greve. Register 

Goumi Lands a $1M Deal with Shark Tank Investor

Lili Yeo, Founder and CEO of Goumi and Creative Director, Linsey Fuller (pictured above), pitched their story about Portland-based children’s wear line Goumi (an Elevate Capital portfolio company) on ABC’s Shark Tank on March 27. If you missed Goumi’s Shark Tank debut, check out the recorded Episode 17 at to see how Goumi landed a $1M deal with a Shark Tank investor. 

“Goumi dedicated 10% of its profits during this airing—our goumigiving—to provide much needed medical supplies with hopes to help beat COVID-19,” said Lili. “Our team has been helping to source critical protective equipment to our bravest frontline medical brothers and sisters.” 

Goumi Shark Tank Specials

A PDX Executive Podcast with Nitin Rai and Dan Bruton

Nitin Rai, Founder and Managing Partner with Elevate Capital shares his venture capital story with Dan Burton of PDX Executive Forums. Hear about Elevate Capital portfolio companies, fund stages, and business advice for entrepreneurs during an economic crisis.

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TiE Oregon Adds New Board Members

TiE Oregon is pleased to announce the appointment of three new female members to its Board of Directors. Each will serve a two-year term. 

New board members include Ana Chaud, Executive Partner with Elevate Capital, Nita Shah, Executive Director of Micro Enterprise Service of Oregon (MESO), and Kalpana Merchant, President and Chief Scientific Officer at TransThera Consulting Co. With the addition of Ana, Nita and Kalpana, nearly two-thirds of the TiE Oregon Board are women.

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Meet the Be. Battery-Free Powered Toothbrush

What better way to participate in Earth Day, April 22, than to purchase a Goodwell battery-free powered toothbrush. Goodwell, an Elevate Capital portfolio company, creates responsibly made products that are committed to using natural, renewable and infinitely recyclable materials that empower people to make a sustainable choice in their daily oral care routines. 

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Portfolio Companies Are Hiring

IRS Extends Federal Income Tax Day

On March 20, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the IRS will move the federal income tax filing deadline from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, to help people deal with the financial fallout of the coronavirus. 

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Entertain and Educate Kids at Home with TED-Ed

Looking for ways to keep your kids entertained and educated during school closures? Check out the TED-Ed Home Lesson Plans.

TED-Ed is a youth and education initiative that works with educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share free high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons daily. Sign up for the TED-Ed daily newsletter. Follow TED on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

Earth Day Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Earth Day is celebrating its 50th anniversary on April 22. The Theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. Celebrate Earth Day every day by practicing good recycling by not putting the following into recycling bins: plastic bags and wraps, electronics, and textiles and clothing. 

Relax With Free Calm App Resources

Calm is a popular sleep, meditation, and relaxation app available on both iOS and Android. Calm recently created a free resource page with meditations, stories, music, talks, and more to support our well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak. Share these resources with family and friends.

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