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“For Almost Every One of Us, Our Networks Look Like Us” – Oregon Bio Offers Content Session on Inclusive Mentoring

PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#bioresearch–At the intersection of inclusion and mentorship, Nitin Rai, managing director at Elevate Capital, and Brenna Rauw, director at XXcelerate Fund and owner of 12Bridge, are teaming up to discuss and create interactive conversations.

“For almost everyone of us, our networks look like us,” says Rai. His firm, Elevate Capital, describes itself as an ‘inclusive venture funder’ looking to help capitalize emerging companies with a focus on mentorship. He adds, “For some populations, there is a noticeable gap in gaining access to investment capital. These aspiring entrepreneurs are both underserved and overlooked, yet they have the courage and vision it takes to start and scale a business.”

Brenna Rauw, with her extensive background in tech transfer, will moderate the discussion.

Join Rai and Rauw in a roundtable and interactive discussion about how to increase and broaden individual networks, as well as guidance for companies seeking funding, boards of directors, entrepreneurs, career changers, job seekers of all ages, and industry pros – both those who are seeking mentors as well as those who mentor, precept, train and inspire.

Attendees will learn go-forward strategies, tips and takeaways for inclusion of colleagues in diverse BIPOC, veteran and LGBTQ+ communities. This session will help attendees understand how to find a mentor match through the DEI lens. Interactive discussion/breakout groups will give attendees a chance to have real-time conversations and practice mentoring or being mentored in an inclusive way. Open networking follows the discussion.

Attendees are invited to take the challenge to reach out beyond their current network(s) to engage in conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion, then post this on their social channels by tagging #inclusivementoring.

WHAT: Cinco de Bio Roundtable: Inclusive Mentorship

WHEN: Wednesday, May 5, 2021; from 4-6 p.m.

WHERE: Virtual – register at
COST: $10 for Oregon Bio members and $25 for non-members

About Oregon Bio

The Oregon Bioscience Association seeks to create opportunity through advocacy, cultivation, education and group purchasing discounts for its members and the sector. Oregon Bio promotes the growth and quality of the bioscience industry in the region and continually seeks ways to support sustainability, acceleration and growth in the life science, bioscience, biotechnology and device manufacturing industries. Oregon Bio, a nonprofit membership association, affiliates with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Advanced Medical Technology Association and Medical Device Manufacturers Association.

The region’s most current bioscience economic impact study showed Oregon’s growing bio footprint reached $10.7 billion, creating 47,238 jobs for $1.5 billion in wages across 820 business establishments. Between 2002-2017, total bioscience employment in Oregon jumped 72 percent among the five industry subsectors. Health-related R&D at Oregon hospitals and universities generated $669 million in economic activity in 2017. In 2015, federal research funding to Oregon institutions totaled more than $363 million. Venture capital investments in Oregon’s bioscience-related companies have increased in recent years and between 2014 to 2017, totaled $76.5 million.

Also growing is Oregon’s share of NIH funding. The Teconomy/BIO state survey shows Oregon is home to 1,133 bio firms garnering $262 million in venture capital investments between 2016-’19, and that Oregon continues its steady increase in attracting funding from the National Institutes of Health at $399 million in 2019.

For more information about the Oregon Bioscience Association, please visit Connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.


Dianne Danowski Smith, @OregonBio, [email protected]


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