January 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.

Founder Insights Video Series: Nitin Rai, Elevate Capital

In our new Founder Insights video series on the Elevate Capital YouTube Channel, Nitin Rai, Founder and Managing Director, kicks off our new series and tells us what inspired him to start Elevate Capital.  

“If I only spent five floors with an aspiring entrepreneur, I would give them one piece of advice for each floor: be persistent, be passionate, be humble, be receptive, be confident. One more thing...don’t be afraid.“ – Nitin Rai

Watch Nitin's Video

Portfolio Company in the News: Blendoor

Blendoor, founded by Stephanie Lampkin, is a blind recruiting app that hides the candidate’s name and photo to circumvent unconscious bias. Several studies have shown that a simple name change on a resume can yield a 2X difference in response rate.

Through relevant data-driven sourcing and a proprietary BlendScore© rating system, Blendoor helps match the best companies with the most qualified candidates based on merit, not molds.

Recently, Blendoor has made incredible progress in their outreach, including an article in Forbes Magazine, “Overcoming AI's Challenge In Hiring: Avoid Human Bias.”

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Apply for PitchfestNW!

PitchfestNW, a startup conference and competition within TechfestNW, the largest annual tech event on the upper left coast, is now accepting second round applications for 2019. Applications are due by January 16, 2019.  

TechfestNW, now in its 8th year, is a gathering of innovators, startups, entrepreneurs, tech companies, and investors from around the globe. The next TechfestNW will take place on April 4-5, 2019 at the Viking Pavilion in Portland, Oregon.

There is no cost to apply, and accepted startups will receive an all-access ticket to TechfestNW, inclusion in the pitch competition to a panel of investors and industry leaders, and networking opportunities. There is also an option for accepted startups to upgrade to “PitchfestNW Amplified” to further showcase their company and access pitch training resources.

Learn More About PitchfestNW
Apply to PitchFest NW

Blog Series: The Inclusive Venture Capital Experience with The Wild and Hubb

In our founder series on The Elevate Capital Blog, entrepreneurs have come together to share their venture capital experience. From funding to mentorship, we’ll take a look at how we at Elevate Capital have invested in each founder’s success. We recently sat down with Gabe Paez, CEO of The Wild and Allie Magyar, Founder and CEO of Hubb.

“Any entrepreneur has a barrier right in front of them. My advice to anyone starting a business would be to see those barriers as giant hills and just keep climbing.” – Gabe Paez

Read Gabe’s Story

“Choosing an investment partner is a strategic hire. An investor can make or break your company's growth and your ability to succeed.” – Allie Magyar

Read Allie’s Story

Upcoming Events

1/16: 5:00-7:00 pm
Industry Exploration/Blockchain: Trends to Watch in Blockchain in 2019
Tonkon Torp, Portland

1/28: Noon-1:30pm
TiE New Member Meet & Greet
JLL, Northwest Portland


2/13: 5:30-8:30 pm
TiE Oregon Annuals


3/21: 5:30-8:30 pm
TiE Pitch Club PDX


Viking Pavilion, Portland

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