UW Libraries Blog

November 25, 2019

Connecting business students with professional information tools

Jason Sokoloff

Alongside the Libraries’ ongoing efforts to expand student information awareness, the Foster Business Library hosted “PitchBook Night” on November 12, a dynamic session on how data informs the work of entrepreneurs and private-sector investors. In this first-of-a-kind event for the Foster Library, the session attracted 25 Foster School of Business undergraduates and MBA students to learn more about PitchBook, a library-subscribed search platform that tracks private-equity and venture-capital market data.

Following a welcome by Amy Sallin, director of the Buerk Center for Enterpreneurship, PitchBook account managers Katie Kelsh and Jessica Trowbridge (both UW alumni) described PitchBook’s data gathering process and its applications in startup fundraising, venture capital investing, and related business decision-making and due diligence.

“PitchBook Night” was the first of a planned series of similar events that will improve students’ abilities to locate and apply business information available through Foster Library subscription resources.

Located in Paccar Hall, The Foster Library has over 60,000 books, over 400 student study seats and 11 tech-enabled group study rooms. Foster Business Librarians provide a range of student and faculty support services, from student research consultations to classroom teaching and training, and partnering with faculty on research assignment development.

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Foster business students learn about PitchBook in the Foster Business Library

Three presenters behind a podium, addressing an audience.

Buerk Center Director Amy Sallin introduces PitchBook account managers Katie Kelsh and Jessica Trowbridge.

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Jason Sokoloff

Jason Sokoloff is the Head of the Foster Business Library at the University of Washington.