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Telling Your Story: Business Pitches & Grant Writing


April 12, 2023

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In this seminar, we'll learn how to adjust the language we use to describe our business ventures based on audience. Attendees will select a track for an in-depth look at either giving a business pitch or writing a grant.

Charla Triplett, Co-founder and Managing Director of Suncoast Ventures and President of Catalyze, will help us find our investor mindset. We'll learn from Charla, who is an active seed investor, what funders are looking for in your pitch, and we'll share tips on how to tell a startup story that can attract the right funding partners.

Kate Petcosky-Kulkarni, Senior Director of Strategic Research Initiatives at the University of Oregon, will offer an overview of grant writing and development with a specific focus on grants for research business development and innovation. We'll learn from Kate how to approach grant writing, understanding persuasive writing, and writing for reviewers. Attendees will come away with knowledge of grantspersonship, effective grant writing practices, and how to best work productively with funding agencies.

The Women's Innovation Network is a joint initiative between the University of Oregon and Onward Eugene. Our 2022-23 seminar series is sponsored by Klarquist Sparkman LLP.

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A Note About Gender: We intend for the words "women" and "woman" to include anyone who identifies with the word. We recognize that gender is a broad spectrum, and we aim to celebrate everyone on this spectrum. We always welcome allies and accomplices to join us.

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Charla Triplett, Co-founder and Managing Director of Suncoast Ventures and President of Catalyze

Charla Triplett has over twenty years of experience bridging the gaps between academia, business, startups, non-profit, and venture capital. Charla is trained as a bioengineer with a breadth of experience in digital health, biosensors, medtech, and life sciences.

She has been a sought out mentor, advisor, and connector in the industry for decades, most recently as the President of Catalyze, a consulting group. She is the co-founder and Managing Director of Suncoast Ventures and CEO of Spine by Design, a software as a medical device spin-out from Oregon State University.

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Kate Petcosky-Kulkarni, Senior Director of Strategic Research Initiatives at the University of Oregon

Kate Petcosky-Kulkarni is the Senior Director of Strategic Research Initiatives at the University of Oregon. In this role, she oversees Research Development Services (RDS), which supports faculty in increasing their externally funded research activity by identifying funding opportunities and providing writing and editing support to help researchers craft competitive grant proposals. In addition, RDS offers training to researchers, coordinates internal seed funding programs, and assists faculty in managing proposal development for complex, multi-project proposals.

Prior to joining UO, Kate served as the Director of the Office of Proposal Development at Boston University School of Medicine.

Kate received her B.S. from Boston University and obtained an MA in food studies from New York University and an MPH, with an emphasis on global health, from Boston University. In 2016, she was selected as a Global Health Storytelling Fellow with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to travel to India to explore and report on experiences of individuals living with disabilities, the intersection between poverty and disability, and cultural attitudes toward disability. Her work was published by NPR and Johns Hopkins