Creating a Life Science Startup 1/4: Business Essentials

How to better articulate your value proposition, define valid customer segments, and evaluate your business model.

In today’s business climate, investors are focused on funding life science startups that will be able to gain traction quickly and provide a solid ROI. What are the key elements investors are looking for now and how can you implement them in your business?

Join us for this 4-part series designed to take you through the fundamentals of creating a life science startup that meets investor’s criteria. We will cover the key elements to help you tell your story and attract funding.

June 13 - The Market
How to understand market opportunity and competition in terms that investors use, such as: differentiation and defensibility, TAM/SAM/SOM, and go-to-market strategy.

June 20 - Executive Team and Advisory Boards
What do investors look for in a team? What should you focus on when putting together an advisory board to reassure investors and help the company? And what are your best strategies around compensation and equity?

June 27 - Financial Projections & Structuring Cap Tables
We will cover valuation, accounting basics, drivers for financial projections, and create a template slide you can use for investor pitches.




Event Speaker

Charla Triplett

Charla Triplett

Managing Director
Suncoast Ventures

Charla Triplett has over 20 years of experience bridging the gap between academia, business, startups and non-profit and venture capital. She has been educated as a biomedical engineer and field trained as a bioprocess chemical engineer with a breadth of experience in digital health, biosensors, medtech and life sciences and is a sought out mentor, advisor and connector in the industry for decades. She is a Senior Venture Partner at Expert Dojo and CEO of Spine by Design. Prior to Suncoast, Charla was a Partner at a venture fund in formation and advisory focusing on science, the founder of a non-profit in the biomedical engineering space, led product development for a medical device engineering firm, ran strategic partnerships for Oregon State University’s College of Business, and was Director of Industrial and Clinical Relations at Arizona State University.

Event Partner

Suncoast Ventures (2)


Suncoast was created by a passionate group of talented engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs who envisioned a new possibility for a true Next Generation VC Firm specifically designed for the next generation healthcare startup. By creating our own model, Suncoast is an entirely fresh approach to early stage healthcare ventures.

We believe in high performance and high impact. Creating a better world by leveraging our expertise, our networks, and our unwavering belief in a better future. We wrote the original manifesto that eventually became Suncoast on a napkin in a park back in July 2021.

The rest is history in the making.

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