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UNHInnovation serves as the front door to the university for our partners in the business community. Our business concierge, Ellen Christo, is the central contact point, connector and facilitator between the University and corporate and industry partners. From innovative and creative technology and solutions to customized employee training programs, if you’re interested in UNH's technology, equipment, or expertise then our dedicated team can help strategically match you to the right UNH resource.
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Director, Strategic Partnerships
Ellen Christo, Director of Strategic Partnerships, serves as the UNH Business Concierge, providing “one-stop shopping” to businesses trying to navigate university resources. She leads UNH business engagement strategy, internally by facilitating campus coordination to optimize resources and share information and externally by bringing businesses to campus to provide direct access to university talent and capabilities. Her expertise in relationship management helps business and industry connect to UNH research, instrumentation, facilities, faculty, staff and students, to foster mutually beneficial partnerships.
Ellen is also the Program Manager for the highly successful New Hampshire Innovation Research Center (NHIRC), a state initiative that provides matching grants that further the growth and development of New Hampshire businesses.
Throughout her career, Ellen has provided counsel to U.S. and international companies, representing clients in the manufacturing, energy, cosmetic, security, software and defense industries; from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. As a litigator, Ellen managed the human element of large scale corporate jury trials, including the integration of trial teams, witness testimony and jury selection. More recently, her focus on sophisticated commercial transactions, M&A, and compliance, helped clients navigate the complexity of laws and regulations, to help their businesses grow and prosper. Ellen’s experience also includes having worked for two Governors and a United States Senator. Her diplomatic skills have been honed by international experience in Dubai, Jordan, Germany, Russia, Albania and Hong Kong, interfacing with government officials, embassies and international suppliers.
Ellen earned her J.D from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. She is admitted to the Bar in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as well as numerous US Appellate Courts. In addition, Ellen is a trained executive mediator and has served several terms on her local School Board.
Explore UNH's available innovations and technologies that can provide companies both large and small with forward thinking solutions and a competitive advantage in new product development.
Train Your Employees
UNH's training programs are designed to assist professionals in developing new or advanced knowledge and skills in a variety of fields. Instruction provides a balance of theory and practical skills that participants can immediately apply to the workplace.
Leverage Our Expertise
From small business education and matchmaking events to community-wide economic development programs, explore UNH's avenues for technical assistance and training opportunities for businesses, organizations, and communities in New Hampshire.