Elevate Capital Newsletter

November 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.

Elevate Capital Expands Venture Partner Team 

We’re excited to announce that the Elevate Capital venture partner team is expanding. Our highly successful and passionate group of entrepreneurs, founders, CEOs, EIRs, and investors bring years of unparalleled leadership experience and tangible strategic value to our portfolio companies. 

The team’s objective is to coach, guide, and mentor start-up companies as they develop strategic initiatives that lead to accelerated long-term growth. They bring industry domain expertise and deal pipeline to the Elevate Capital Fund. Meet our Venture Partners. 

Anu Shukla: Anu Shukla is a serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years of high-tech industry experience. She is an active angel investor, personally supporting and investing in women and minority-led enterprises. Anu has founded and exited several software companies with $600M enterprise value. Follow Anu on LinkedIn

Dipty Desai: Dipty is the Head of the West Coast Division of USISPF, where she works with the US and Indian government, enterprises/MNCs, and late-stage startups supporting their needs for policy advocacy, state engagements, and business to business interactions for cross border growth across sectors including healthcare. Follow Dipty on LinkedIn

Donn Dimond: Donn is an innovative thought leader with a passion for helping others reach their potential. He has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector. Donn is currently a mentor and consultant for other healthcare companies as well as an active TiE investor. Follow Donn on LinkedIn

Doug Fieldhouse: Doug has a deep background and expertise in business formation, capital markets, payments, risk, and telephony. His experiences include building and operating law firms, international non-profits, and high-tech enterprises. Doug has been recognized as an entrepreneur, leader, and innovator. Follow Doug on LinkedIn

Giovanni Magni: Giovanni is a veteran Senior Executive, C-Suite Officer, and Board Member with over 40 years of success in biotech, life sciences, pharma, medical diagnostics, and hospitals. Leveraging extensive experience in strategic leadership, commercialization, and international business, he is a valuable asset for similar-sector companies. Follow Giovanni on LinkedIn

Lateef Jackson: Lateef is an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor-focused in healthcare technology. Lateef is an investor and CTO of Troy Medicare, a tech-enabled company focused on underserved communities. He has led teams in building technology for cloud computing, real estate, healthcare, and finance. Follow Lateef on LinkedIn

Robin Jones: Robin is CEO of Monsoon, Inc., Principal Consultant/Founder at, and Co-Founder at MOICA. She is a high-tech and software leader who served as the COO at Public Market and has extensive experience in providers expertise and strategic guidance for telecom, mobile, and wireless semiconductor industries. Follow Robin on LinkedIn

Soumitra Sengupta: Soumitra is an entrepreneur, mentor, and investor focused on technology and life sciences. He is Co-Founder of a stealth startup and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Idea Village. He has helped build and bring to market products in cloud computing, mobile phones, enterprise software, robotics, and machine learning. Follow Soumitra on LinkedIn

Tariq (TK) Khan: Tariq Khan is a mentor and an early-stage investor in start-ups and is an angel investor in six other companies. Tariq relies primarily on his experiential learning focuses on helping founders prioritize thinking, energy, and resources to the most vital parts of the entrepreneurship action set. Follow Tariq on LinkedIn

More About Venture Partner Team

Minnow’s Contactless Delivery Pods Win the SKS 2020 Startup Showcase Award

Congratulations to Minnow for winning the Smart Kitchen Summit 2020 Startup Showcase award last month. This award “highlights independent companies doing the best and most innovative work in the food tech industry.” 

“We are thrilled and honored to receive this industry accolade for innovative work in the food tech space,” said Christopher Stanvick, Minnow’s VP, Brand & Growth Marketing. “Our mission is to help foodservice operators, commercial and multifamily property managers to provide a safer and more convenient food pickup experience.” 

In addition, Minnow recently launched pilots at Crisp Salads in Portland, Oregon (Division Street location) and at natural Kitchen in New Haven, Connecticut. “Both are fast-casual restaurants that offer healthy fare and have experienced a sharp increase in online orders since the pandemic began,” says Christopher.  

“The pandemic has accelerated an already growing trend for delivery and takeout,” said Steven Sperry, Minnow's CEO. “That trend will continue beyond the pandemic, and that means foodservice operators need to rethink the pickup experience they’re providing their customers.”

Photo and image provided by Minnow.

GrowthPlug Grows Customer Base Despite COVID-19

GrowthPlug Co-Founders, Sudhir and Shavita Bhatti (pictured above) spoke with the Portland Business Journal last month to share how they are expanding their customer base despite COVID-19. 

“COVID has increased and elevated the need for health care providers to adopt more digital ways to connect to patients,” said Sudhir Bhatti, GrowthPlug CEO. “It means they are even more reliant on tools like GrowthPlug to connect with patients and grow their practices in turbulent times.”

“We are fortunate to have a great team along with hugely supportive investors Nitin Rai, Doug Knopper, and Raghu Raghavan,” said Shavita Bhatti, COO and Co-Founder. “The Elevate Capital Fund backs women and people of color entrepreneurs. We are still growing strong during such an uncertain time. We’re hiring so come join our team.

Photo provided by GrowthPlug.

Hubb Makes the Fastest Growing Private 100 Company List

Congratulations to Hubb, a provider of virtual and hybrid event management technology, for making the Portland Business Journal's Fastest Growing Private 100 Companies list. 

“A HUGE thanks goes out to all of our hard working employees who have helped to fuel our incredible growth,” said Allie Magyar, Founder and CEO of Hubb. All 100 companies will be announced and ranked at an upcoming virtual party on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm. 

“We’re also excited to announce that Dan Sperring joined our company as Senior Vice President of Customer Success, adds Allie. “The ability to deliver a world-class experience for our customers is crucial to Hubb’s success. We’re thrilled that Dan is on board at Hubb to lead our team to achieve the best results for our customers.” 

Happy Diwali 2020

Happy Diwali 2020 (November 14). May the festival of lights bring you joy, happiness, new friendships, prosperity, and good health.  

Portfolio Companies Are Hiring

Wishing You a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the time of year for sharing what you’re thankful for. Elevate Capital would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our partners, portfolio companies, entrepreneurs, and the community for your support. On behalf of the Elevate Capital team, we wish you and your families a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! 

Upcoming Virtual Events

November 10 (2:00 pm) – Functional Working Session on Financials, TiE Oregon

November 13 (3:30 pm) – Fastest Growing Private 100 Companies: Havana Nights, Portland Business Journal

November 18 (10:00 am) – November Power Breakfast, Portland Business Journal

November 18 (3:00 pm) – Mentor Connect with Saby Waraich, TiE Oregon

December 1 (5:30 pm) – Pitch Oregon, TiE Oregon’s marquee event

December 2, 3, 4 – TechfestNW and PitchfestNW, What’s Next? The future of work, cities, health, privacy, and equity

December 8 (2:00 pm) – Functional Working Session on Recruiting & Team Creation, TiE Oregon

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