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Elevate Capital Newsletter

April 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.

Eddie Bauer Announces The Dyrt as National Partner for 2021

Congratulations to The Dyrt on their recent announcement that Eddie Bauer will be its exclusive 2021 National Brand Sponsor. 

“Campers are currently signing up for The Dyrt Pro at a rate of 20x faster than this time last year as more people go camping,” said Sarah Smith, Co-Founder and CVO. “We predict this partnership between Eddie Bauer and The Dyrt will help get millions more outside this year as camping interest continues to surge.”

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Elevate Capital Welcomes Newmark to Our Partner Team

Welcome to Elevate Capital’s newest partner: Newmark. We’re honored to have you join our team.

Since 1929, Newmark has provided clients with a single source for all their real estate needs. Today, the Newmark Portland team works with all types of clients, including start-ups, creative users, tech users, and professional service providers for all of their leasing or buying needs.

The Newmark local team specializes in Tenant Representation, assisting with long-term objectives and goals to fulfill any space requirements. Their team’s services, including consulting, space tours, deal negotiations, lease/sale analysis, and financial/cost savings analysis.

“We are experts at helping our clients with new leases/relocations, lease renewals, and building purchases. We are happy to be a resource and help you maximize the value of your real estate,” said Josh Schweitz, Managing Director at Newmark in Portland. Follow Josh on LinkedIn.

Learn More About Newmark

Apple App Store Features The Dyrt as App of the Day

The Dyrt was named “App of the Day” in the Apple App Store during Women’s History Month. “In 2013, Kevin and I sat at a picnic table and sketched a plan to make it easier to find a campground online,” said Sarah Smith, Co-Founder and CVO. “Eight years and over 1 million user-submitted campsites, reviews, and tips later, The Dyrt is the first camping app of 2021 to be featured as App of the Day.”

Learn More About Dyrt

Goalsetter Founder Recognized as Leader in FinTech Space

Goalsetter Founder Tanya Van Court was recognized as a senior leader in the Innovate Finance “Women In FinTech Powerlist 2020. The Powerlist shines a spotlight on 200 women across seven categories. Innovate Finance reported they received over 900 applications. 

Goalsetter is a savings and financial literacy App that provides FDIC and Mastercard-backed debit cards for teens and savings accounts for the whole family. Parents or Teens can download Goalsetter from either the App Store or Google Play. Goalsetter makes it easy for your family to become smart savers, spenders and givers.

Learn More About Goalsetter

Obatala Sciences Receives Lantern Award from LED

Congratulations to Trivia Frazier, Ph.D, MBA, and Obatala Sciences, on receiving the Lantern Award. Lantern Awards are prestigious honors, presented by Louisiana Economic Development (LED) to companies across the state who “demonstrate excellence in manufacturing and outstanding service to their communities.” 

Obatala Sciences, a new Elevate Capital Fund II portfolio company, has developed the ObaCell Fat-on-a-Chip™ System, which allows for drug safety and efficacy studies. The company offers research enabling brainpower to scientists in industry and academia to advance tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. 

Learn More About Obatala Sciences

Female Founders Alliance: Nominate Your Champions

This year marks the fourth annual Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards. The Champion Awards “recognize people and organizations that champion in their professional pursuits across a diverse set of backgrounds.” Do you know of an aspiring woman champion?

Nominate Your Champion Today

Federal Tax Day for Individuals Extended to May 17, 2021

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service moved the federal income tax filing date for individuals (and sole proprietorships) for the 2020 tax year to May 17, 2021. Individual taxpayers can also postpone federal income tax payments (regardless of the amount owed) to May 17, 2021, without penalties and interest.  

However, this extension does not apply to “estimated tax payments” due on April 15, 2021, and the extension does not apply to state income tax returns. 

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ACA 2021: The Summit of Angel Investing Isn’t an Event — It’s an Experience

Angel investing is a team sport. Attend ACA 2021–The Summit of Angel Investing to meet angels from all over the world and grow your trusted network. Elevate Capital is a proud Event Partner of #ACAAngelSummit.

The ACS 2021 virtual conference, May 4–6, 2021, features dozens of sessions on topics that drive your success:

  • Avoiding common and not-so-common early-stage investing mistakes

  •  Increasing deal flow and diversifying your portfolio

  •  Recognizing realistic exit strategies

ACA Angel University at the 2021 Summit with focused tracks for all experience levels

Reserve Your Seat Today!

Portfolio Companies Are Hiring

Upcoming Virtual Events

April 9 (Noon): TiE Women’s Book Club, TiE Oregon

April 21 (3:00 to 6:00 pm): Post-Hack OHSU Invent-a-thon, OHSU

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

April 28 (4:00 pm): Functional Workshop on Valuation, TiE Oregon 

May 4–6: ACA 2021 – The Summit of Angel Investing, Angel Capital Association 

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

May 21: TechFestNW, Angel Oregon Tech

May 26 (4:00 pm): Pitch Club TiE Women with Robin Jones, TiE Oregon 

Elevate Capital Sponsors

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