Entrepreneur Education

At OCTRI, providing assistance to help enhance clinical and translational research is at the core of our mission. To help guide the OHSU community onto a more entrepreneurial path, we have created several resources to help accelerate the commercialization of your innovation to the market. 

Upcoming Workshop

"All About the SBIR Grant Process: An Inside Perspective"

Speaker: Jim O'Halloran, Ph.D., ScienceDocs Writer

Friday, April 12, 2019
9am - 1pm

Oregon Bioscience Incubator
4640 SW Macadam Ave, Suite 270
Portland, OR 97239

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This opportunity is closed for 2018.

A 4-week biomedical innovation and commercialization course designed for the busy biomedical researcher and clinician. Through this course you will learn the basic components of biomedical commercialization and build a competitive business case for funding and partnership development.

Visit the fastPACE webpage to learn more, including if this course is right for you, how to register, and who to contact.

Innovate Challenge - OHSU Student Pitch Competition

Introducing the InventOR Compeition to OHSU. Students from across OHSU redefine and redesign healthcare and biomedical solutions. Innovate Challenge is an idea or technology concept pitch competition open to all OHSU students. Pitch your idea for a chance to win $2500 and compete in the regional InventOR Competition in June 2019.

All students welcome, teams encouraged. Learn more at the Innovate Challenge website or contact .


INVENTINVENT is an educational program supporting bioscience innovation and entrepreneurship. In this program, entrepreneurs can learn how to evaluate and protect their concept, seek funding and pitch their innovation to investors, and how to build and plan a business model. The goal of the INVENT series is to help guide innovations from the university to the market. 

2018 INVENT series:

Peer Entrepreneur Forum
Tuesday, May 8th
4:30 - 6:30pm
Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Collins Goudy Room
700 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239
Admission is free; registration encouraged as space is limited
Register today: https://invent-peerforum.eventbrite.com
Join us for a dynamic discussion where our distinguished panelists will discuss their transition from a scientist/clinician to an entrepreneur. Learn from their unique experiences, insights, challenges, and successes to embark on your own entrepreneurial journey.

Learn to Pitch Your Technology!
February 6th, 2018
8:30 - 11am
Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI), 4640 SW Macadam Ave. Suite 200
Admission is free, but registration is required as space is limited:
Please join us for a dynamic and engaging workshop led by Tom Kingsley, an entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup consultant, and Brigitte Piniewski, MD, an angel investor, medical practitioner, and former digital health executive. The workshop will provide guidance on the following:

  • Developing an effective 1 to 2 minute pitch about your technology
  • Creating a value proposition
  • Tailoring your pitch to investors
  • Framework to structure your pitch
  • Reading the audience and effectively handling Q&A

Building Realistic Financials for Your Startup
September 20, 2017

9 - 11am
Urban Office, 4949 SW Macadam Ave., Portland, OR 97239
Admission: FREE

This INVENT workshop helps early-stage startups establish an effective financial strategy to attract potential investors and maintain a positive overall financial standing for your company. Susan Preston, Manager of the Seattle Angel Fund, will discuss:

  • The importance of a sound financial model
  • Variables to include in your financial model
  • Impact and influence of your financial model on your business plan
  • How your financial model ties into your value proposition


To learn more about OCTRI's entrepreneurial education offerings, please contact Melissa Mudd.

To view local community programs and events, visit the OTRADI event calendar.