Wildcatalyst Seminar Series

Join UNHInnovation to explore the use and commercialization of university innovations across all disciplines.

The Wildcatalyst Seminar Series, hosted monthly during the academic year, is open to all and designed to be a meeting place for innovators, entrepreneurs, service providers, and anyone else interested in how the innovations of today represent the essential products and services for tomorrow’s needs.

 

Current Seminar Series: Women in Research and Innovation

About this Year's Series

This year, our seminar theme is going to be “Women in Research and Innovation.” Our aim with the content is to explore the opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls of launching and running research and innovation-based businesses while highlighting exemplary women in the field. We hope to have each seminar led by entrepreneurial female researchers or women who have founded or led research-based businesses.

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Speaker:

Erica Johnson
Chief Operating Officer at QA Cafe & Cloudshark
Former Director of the InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL)

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Location: UNHI Training Room, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Register!

Our speaker for November’s Wildcatalyst Seminar is Erica Johnson, Chief Operating Officer at QA Cafe & Cloudshark and former director of the InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL). Erica is widely recognized as an industry leader with her abilities to drive technical innovation. Under her leadership over the last decade, the UNH-IOL enjoyed tremendous revenue growth and industry partnership opportunities due to her business acumen and in-depth understanding of complex networking technology. In her new role as COO for QA Café, she is responsible for oversight of business operations and delivery of continued growth strategies for the company. 

Erica has always been a proponent for the advancement of women in STEM and was deliberate in ensuring that women were equally represented and elevated at the UNH-IOL. In 2010, she was awarded the UNH Women’s Commission’s Stephanie Thomas Staff Award in honor of her achievements in promoting and embodying the advancement of women in the sciences. She has also been recognized by the NH Business Review with its Outstanding Women in Business award, and was honored in Fierce Telecom’s list of “Women in Wireline.” 

In this seminar, Erica will share her advice for running and growing a research and innovation-based small business/start-up. She will also open up a dialogue about the unique challenges she has faced as a woman in a leadership role in a technology-based venture and discuss her thoughts on what resources are needed for the next generation of female innovators.

 

Speaker: Karil Reibold,
President of Reibold Consulting;
UNH Adjunct Professor, Co-Teaching Private Equity, Venture Capital Finance, and the Meaning of Entrepreneurship
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Location: UNHI Co-working Space, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Our speaker for October’s Seminar was Karil Reibold, President of Reibold Consulting and an adjunct professor in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. Karil has a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. Through her consulting business, she works with companies to define organizational strategy and offers executive coaching across diverse industries. She also co-teaches courses at UNH on the topics of private equity, venture capital finance, and the meaning of entrepreneurship. Throughout her over 25 years of experience, Karil has helped companies raise in excess of $300 million in venture capital, worked on staff or as a consultant to venture funds in Silicon Valley and Boston, held various CFO/COO roles with venture backed companies, and served for several years as President and CEO of a telecommunications start-up. 

During the seminar, Karil  provided insight on finding the value and market potential of an idea, and shared her advice for creating a vision, strategy, clear objectives, and the right culture for a success venture. We enjoyed learning from her extensive experience and hearing her unique perspective as a woman in a male dominated field.

 


 

Speaker:

Karleen Seybold
Co-Founder and CEO, Digital Skin Imaging (DSI)

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Location: UNHI Co-working Space, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

In September, our speaker was Karleen Seybold, co-founder and CEO of Digital Skin Imaging, a six-year-old digital medical imaging company modernizing the way physicians visually capture and compare skin changes. Karleen currently holds five patents for image sequencing, alignment, and a skin cancer detection display module. Before co-founding Digital Skin Imaging, Karleen was a Senior Program Manager at Raytheon Company in Tucson, AZ for 17 years, where she led new business development efforts through innovative technology applications and directed an international new business program in missile defense.

In this seminar, Karleen shared her experiences and lessons learned while starting and growing a company from the ground up. She discussed the successes and pitfalls she has encountered along the way and provided her perspective on the unique challenges that female innovators and entrepreneurs can face.

 

Commercializing Geckskin®

Speaker:

Rana Gupta
CEO of Felsuma LLC

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Location: UNHI Co-working Space, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Our final speaker in this year’s Wildcatalyst Seminar Series was Rana Gupta, CEO of the UMass Amherst spin-out Felsuma LLC, which is commercializing a new adhesive technology called Geckskin®. Geckskin was developed by two UMass Amherst researchers, Dr. Al Crosby and Dr. Duncan Irschick, who were studying geckos' ability to climb and cling to different surfaces. Their collaboration led to the development of a novel adhesive so powerful that an index card-sized piece can hold 700 pounds on a smooth surface, yet it can be easily released and leaves no residue. Rana was introduced to Dr. Crosby and Dr. Irschick and their work and six months later he launched Felsuma LLC to commercialize the technology.

On top of running his business, Rana is also a teacher in BU’s entrepreneurship program in the areas of entrepreneurial finance, innovation, and technology development.

Felsuma is growing and exploring Geckskin's potential in many different applications. We learned more about the technology and Rana's experience translating university research into real and useful commercial products.

 

From Handy Wipes to Drones

Speaker:

Glenn Shwaery, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Research, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, UNH

Serial Entrepreneur

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Location: UNHI Co-working Space, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Our guest speaker for March's Wildcatalyst Seminar was UNH's own Dr. Glenn Shwaery, Assistant Dean of Research at the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS). In addition to his role at UNH, Glenn is an experienced entrepreneur. He helped to start and grow the Newmarket, NH-based company ArgenTech Solutions, which started out selling handy wipes for cleaning the skin of toxic metals. Over the last 10 years, the company has successfully pivoted and innovated to become a world-wide provider of complex technical services in support of unmanned aircraft systems (i.e. drones) for both the government and commercial clients. ArgenTech's team of four founding members were broadly trained and possessed complementary skills that allowed them to pivot and take advantage of opportunities as they were presented. They used Glenn’s contacts at UNH to advance their portfolio of capabilities while providing funding for UNH faculty, students, and staff. From SBIRs to NHIRC awards, the relationship persists to their mutual benefit.

Glenn's newest venture, IdeaShare, is developing a redesigned manual wheelchair and just won the Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC) community track here at UNH. Glenn has a lot of experience successfully leveraging university resources like research, equipment, and expertise to develop and expand his commercial ventures. We heard about the challenges he's faced and the lessons he's learned throughout his career.

 


 

Cleanfield Capital

Speaker:

Debarshi Nandy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance, Brandeis University
Co-Founder, Cleanfield Capital

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Location: UNHI Co-working Space, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

We were very excited to have Dr. Debarshi Nandy, Associate Professor of Finance at Brandeis University and Co-Founder of Cleanfield Capital as our guest speaker in February. Dr. Nandy's research interests include everything from entrepreneurial finance and financing of innovation to hedge Funds and corporate restructuring. His start-up, Cleanfield Capital, was founded in 2016 and uses a proprietary, innovative financial model to optimize the environmental benefits and commercial value of redeveloping abandoned and potentially contaminated land known as “brownfields”. The company seeks to restore neglected areas and repurpose brownfields into sustainable and productive residential and commercial real estate developments using renewable energy sources.
 
Dr. Nandy has significant experience with mentoring and advising entrepreneurial firms and both an academic and practical perspective of entrepreneurship and corporate finance. In his seminar, he shared about his experiences and the lessons he’s learned translating his research and innovation into a successful business.

 

 


 

QSM Diagnostics

Speaker: Edgar Goluch
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University
Founder, QSM Diagnostics, Inc.
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Location: UNHI Co-working Space, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

For the first Wildcatalyst Seminar of 2018, we invited Dr. Edgar Goluch, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University and Founder of QSM Diagnostics as our guest speaker. Formed in 2014, QSM Diagnostics is a Northeastern medical device spin-out based on Dr. Goluch's research. The start-up is developing wearable sensors for infection monitoring in humans and animals that allow for quick detection and treatment of specific types of infections.

When launching QSM Diagnostics, Dr. Goluch took advantage of every start-up and mentorship resource he could find at Northeastern and the surrounding community, such as the NSF I-Corps program and business competitions. He also pursued several funding avenues such as angel investors and SBIR grants. He is currently on sabbatical from Northeastern working hard to get QSM Diagnostics off the ground.

In this seminar, Dr. Goluch discussed his innovative research and provided the unique perspective of a founder in the early stages of a start-up.

 

 


 

From Saturn To Your Smartphone

Speaker: Eric R. Fossum, Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering and Associate Provost of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer, Dartmouth College
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Location: UNHI Co-working Space, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

We were very excited to have Dr. Eric Fossum, Professor and Associate Provost for Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer at Dartmouth College as our guest speaker for November’s Wildcatalyst Seminar. Dr. Fossum is a serial entrepreneur, a U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee, and holds over 160 US patents.

While working for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the 1990’s, he invented the CMOS image sensor which is used today in billions of cameras around the world, including smart phones, webcams, and medical devices. Dr. Fossum co-founded Photobit Corporation in 1995 to commercialize the technology and served in several top management roles including Chairman and CEO. The company was acquired by Micron Technology in the early 2000s. More recently, he and his students formed Gigajot Technology to commercialize photon-counting image-sensor technology invented at Dartmouth.

Dr. Fossum discussed his successful career in academic and government research and entrepreneurial leadership and shared his experience and expertise in translating ideas and innovation into real and usable products.

 

 


 

Setem Technologies

 Speaker: Kevin Short, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics at UNH
Founder of Setem Technologies (Now XMOS)
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Location: UNHI Co-working Space, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

For October's Wildcatalyst Seminar, we invited Dr. Kevin Short, Professor of Mathematics at UNH, to share his experience and expertise in research commercialization and entrepreneurship. In 1999, Dr. Short licensed patented intellectual property developed through his research activity at UNH and started Chaoticom, the university's first ever spin-off company. Chaoticom was acquired in 2008 and in 2012, Dr. Short launched yet another spin-off company called Kaonyx Labs, followed by its affiliate Setem Technologies. Dr. Short's research from UNH is a foundation for products that enhance voice clarity and audio signals in today's voice and speech recognition products (i.e.-cell phones, headsets, hearing aids, voice-activated electronics). Setem was acquired earlier this year by XMOS.

Dr. Short is a research commercialization trailblazer at UNH. It was great to learn more about how his business ventures took shape and about the challenges he faced/lessons he learned while launching and selling successful businesses, specifically ones based on university research-born intellectual property.

 

 


 

ChromaNanoTech, LLC

 Speaker:

Dr. Wayne Jones, Jr., Ph.D.
Dean of the UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences;
Co-founder, ChromaNanoTech, LLC

Dr. William Bernier, Ph.D.
Co-founder and CEO, ChromaNanoTech, LLC

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Location: UNHI Co-working Space, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

We could think of no one better to kick off the first seminar in our series "Launching (Research-Based) Start-Ups" than UNH's own Dr. Wayne Jones, Jr., Dean of the UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. In 2015, Dr. Jones co-founded ChromaNanoTech, LLC, a start-up company producing optical nanomaterials patented from his university research lab for use in energy, biomedical, and defense related applications. Dr. Jones was joined by his co-founder Dr. William Bernier, ChromaNanoTech's CEO and a 35-year industry veteran. Together they talked about how their business venture took shape, and discussed the challenges they faced/lessons they learned while launching a successful business, specifically one based on university research-born intellectual property.

Topics include:

  • Venture and grant funding
  • Customer research
  • Faculty founder lessons learned
  • Finding the right co-founder/business partner
  • Commercializing university IP (from the perspective of both the licensee and the licensor)
  • And more!

 

 


 

University/Industry Collaborations in Renewable Energy Research

Speaker:

Martin Wosnik
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Director at the UNH Center for Ocean Renewable Energy

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Location: Alpha Loft at the UNH ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

UNH is at the forefront of climate change studies and renewable energy research. For April's seminar, we invited UNH's Martin Wosnik to discuss university/industry collaboration in renewable energy.
 
Martin is an associate professor of mechanical engineering whose research interests span fluid and thermal sciences with an emphasis on renewable energy, including ocean renewable energy, turbulent flows, high-speed hydrodynamics, and more. Martin has worked with several industry partners on renewable energy research projects throughout his career. He shared his insights on the benefits and challenges for both parties when pursuing such partnerships, and discussed the importance of industry/academic collaborations in developing sustainable energy sources that will protect our planet for future generations. Martin’s discussion highlighted his efforts on the NSF-funded Living Bridge Project on the Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth, NH, and the UNH Flow Physics Facility, the world’s largest scientific quality boundary-layer wind tunnel facility.

 

 


 

University/Industry Strategic Partnerships

Speakers:

Peter Egelston
Owner, Smuttynose Brewing Company

Marc Sedam
Director, UNHInnovation, Associate Vice Provost of Innovation and New Ventures

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Location: Alpha Loft at the UNH ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

For March’s Wildcatalyst Seminar, we discussed the development of effective and valuable university/industry strategic partnerships.

University/industry partnerships have a host of mutual benefits like increased student involvement, new educational opportunities, product development, industry growth, and economic development. We asked Marc Sedam, UNHInnovation managing director, and Peter Egelston, owner of Smuttynose Brewing Company to lead the conversation and share their recent experiences working together to brew and launch a beer in celebration of UNH’s 150th anniversary and talk about their collaborative efforts to build and strengthen UNH’s capacity to support NH's fast-growing craft beer industry.

We'll also celebrated the release of the 150th anniversary beer that has been named "1866" in honor of the year of UNH's founding. We had plenty at the seminar for attendees to try as well as a selection of Smuttynose's other delicious brews.

 

 


 

Building a Commercial Product From Academic Research

Speaker: Rob H. Braswell
Lead of Science and Software Integration, Applied Geosolutions
Research Associate Professor, UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS)
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Location: Alpha Loft at the UNH ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

For February’s seminar (part of our newly renamed Wildcatalyst Seminar Series), our guest speaker was Dr. Rob Braswell, lead of science and software integration at Applied Geosolutions (AGS) and also a research associate professor at UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS). With a foot firmly in both the academic and business communities, Dr. Braswell provided unique insight on research-based commercial product development. He discussed the mission and business of AGS (a local, fast-growing company with close ties to the UNH community), as well as how his experience in both academia and industry has shaped his interests, expertise, and perspective in the context of developing commercial geospatial decision support software tools.

Teaming Up with the Right Technology

Speaker:

Erik Swartz
Professor and UNH Department of Kinesiology Chair
Developer of HuTT®, a Helmetless Tackling Program for Football

Dave Arnold
Founder and CEO of Retrieve Technologies

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Location: Alpha Loft at the UNH ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

For January’s seminar (part of our newly renamed Wildcatalyst Seminar Series), Dave Arnold, serial entrepreneur and Retrieve Technologies founder, shared his experiences thinking outside the box and seeking novel opportunities to spur growth and innovation. We also heard from Erik Swartz, professor and chair of the UNH Kinesiology department and developer of Hutt®, a helmetless tackling program developed at UNH. Together, Dave and Erik lead a discussion about what happens when traditional academic research collides with a game-changing technology.

 

 


 

Trademark Fundamentals

Speaker: Craig Morris, Managing Attorney for Trademark Educational Outreach, USPTO
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Location: Alpha Loft at the UNH ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

For November’s Catalyst Seminar, we strayed from our theme slightly to open up a broader discussion of trademark fundamentals and how to apply them when starting a business. We invited Craig Morris, Managing Attorney for Trademark Educational Outreach at the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) to share his expertise on this topic with us. The discussion included his insights on:

  • How trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, and business name registrations all differ
  • Determining when trademark protection is appropriate
  • The importance of selecting a strong mark that is both federally registrable and legally protectable
  • Potential grounds for the USPTO to refuse registration
  • When an attorney should be used and how to find one
  • What might happen if another trademark owner believes it has stronger rights in a mark and issues a "cease-and-desist" letter
  • The distinction between what the USPTO does in the federal registration process and what a private attorney could do
  • How to avoid "scams" perpetrated by companies that request fees for services not required by the USPTO

 

 


 

University/Industry Collaboration

Speakers: Shawn Banker, Director of the University Instrumentation Center (UIC), UNH
Jared Kelly, Laboratory Manager, EMSL Analytical Inc.
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Location: Alpha Loft at the UNH ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

For October’s Catalyst Seminar, we highlighted the mutual benefits of university/industry engagement and collaboration. The rewards of these strategic partnerships can go beyond the obvious business and financial incentives; effective university/industry relationships can lead to learning, innovation, and growth for all parties.

We asked Shawn Banker, director of UNH’s University Instrumentation Center (UIC) to join us to talk about his experience working with outside companies and how those relationships have not only offset costs and increased instrument utilization for the UIC, but have helped UNH develop techniques and training for scientists and inspired new research opportunities for faculty and students.

We also invited Jared Kelly, laboratory manager at EMSL Analytical in Nashua, NH, to join in the conversation. EMSL is a provider of environmental, indoor air quality, and materials testing services and products. As a physicist/microscopist/scientist, Jared has spent his career engaging and collaborating with universities, including MIT, Harvard, UMass Amherst, and UNH. Jared has been able to significantly broaden EMSL’s testing capabilities and increase the company’s product and service offerings by working with specialized instrumentation only available at institutions like UNH.

We hope that bringing these thought leaders together for a candid discussion highlights the technical challenges and solutions they are facing, and provides insight and inspiration to those interested in industry/university partnerships.

 

 


 

Entrepreneurship, Economic Revitalization, and Community Redesign

Speakers:

Charlie French, Program Leader, Community & Economic Development, UNH Cooperative Extension

George Dzujna, City Council Member, Franklin, NH

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Location: Alpha Loft at the UNH ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

We've asked Charlie French, Project Team Leader, Community and Economic Development, at UNH Cooperative Extension to join us this month to talk about a collaborative effort between UNH Cooperative Extension and the city of Franklin, NH.  Like many other New England cities built on a mill economy, many of which face challenges with a changing economy, Franklin identified a number of priorities to improve the city. Using funding from the highly-competitive National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)-funded Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) grant, UNH Cooperative Extension facilitated a unique community process to engage multiple voices around economic improvement opportunities for Franklin. Out of this process arose a number of ideas that were rapidly put in motion, as well as the establishment of new businesses in the area. 

George Dzujna is a Franklin City Council member and a member of the Steering Committee that worked with Cooperative Extension on the “Franklin for Lifetime” project. He will be joining Charlie for the presentation and discussing Franklin’s story and outcomes resulting from the project. This presentation should be of interest to anyone who wants to find out more about creative ways of revitalizing a downtown which entails an entrepreneurial voice in economic development opportunities, creating a welcoming and supporting environment for new endeavors, and leading change around a unifying idea.

 

 


 

Crowdsourcing and Digital Maker Communities

Speakers:

Matt O'Hern, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics

Gavin Bauman, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Location: NEW LOCATION! Alpha Loft at the UNH ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

For April’s Catalyst Seminar, we highlighted the emerging (and sometimes disruptive) phenomenon of crowdsourcing and how it is impacting new product development (NPD) practices around the globe.

We asked Matt O’Hern, Assistant Professor at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics to join us this to talk about his research on crowdsourcing and digital maker communities and the different ways that crowdsourcing may compliment (or threaten) firms’ traditional business models. Matt also discussed different types of crowdsourcing initiatives that exist and the various roles that users play within a crowdsourcing community.

We also invited Gavin Bauman to join in the conversation. Gavin is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, working with developers, students, and start-ups to help them build innovative applications using Microsoft's leading edge technology. Gavin talked about The Garage, the makerspace community at Microsoft where small teams across the company can work on their big ideas, and shared his experience working with students during hackathons.

 

 


 

Entrepreneurship at UNH

Speakers:

Ian Grant, Director, Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter)
&
Andrew Earle, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Location: NEW LOCATION! Alpha Loft at the UNH ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

For February's Catalyst Seminar, we highlighted the exciting entrepreneurial ecosystem that is emerging at UNH.

We asked Ian Grant, director of the new Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter), to join us this month to talk about his vision and the exciting goals he has developed for the ECenter. He discussed the opportunities and resources that will be available for students, faculty/researchers, alumni, and parents, and shared his thoughts on the impact that the ECenter will have on campus and in the state of New Hampshire.

We also invited Andrew Earle, assistant professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship at the Paul College, to join in the conversation. Andrew gave us some insights into his innovative research on how technology moves from concept to commercialization, and talked about his experiences with student energy and engagement in all things entrepreneurship on campus.

 

 


 

Interactive Performance for Leadership Training and Development

Speakers:

David Kaye
Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, UNH
&
Elaine St. Jean
Education & Training Program Coordinator, Primex3, Concord, NH

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Location: NEW LOCATION! Alpha Loft, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101 
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Leadership seminars. Management classes. Panel discussions. Classroom exercises. Many of us have used these tools to learn more about business and technical skills to improve success in our companies, research programs, and professional aspirations. But as we all know, there can be a gap between receiving information and experiencing the real thing.   

We asked David Kaye, Chair of the UNH Theatre and Dance Department to tell us about his professional theatre company, Power Play, which bridges this gap. Power Play specializes in interactive performances for individual, group, or institutional development. Power Play has created performance models for a range of issues including sexual harassment prevention, leadership training for police, fire, and school administrators, and facilitation training for municipal officials.   

We also asked Elaine St. Jean, education & training program coordinator at Primex3 in Concord, NH, to join us. Primex3 is a public entity risk pool and committed to assisting its members in developing knowledge, skills, abilities, and capabilities through various training programs. Recognizing the limitations of instructors using a PPT to induce behavior changes, Elaine was interested in an experiential learning program for Primex3 and its clients. Elaine’s work with David and Power Play has resulted in simulation-based and interactive learning opportunities that provide authentic practice in skills that individuals need for a successful career.   

We hope that bringing these thought leaders together for a candid discussion will foster a conversation that highlights the technical challenges and solutions in both industry and academia and uncovers new opportunities for innovation in leadership and management development. 

 

 


 

Data Analytics

Speakers:

Peter Mueller
Head of the Global Business Analytics Program, Lonza Pharma & Biotech

Bob McGrath
The Everett B. Sackett Associate Professor and current Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Location: Alpha Loft, 9 Madbury Road, 4th Floor  
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

In November, our theme was A Conversation About...Data Analytics. We invited Bob McGrath, an Everett B. Sackett Associate Professor in the College of Health and Human Services and Director for Graduate Programs in Analytics at UNH (a new and quickly growing program) to provide a high-level overview of data analytics and talk about how data analytics can provide the insight a business needs to solve current problems and function as efficiently and possible.

We also asked Peter Mueller, Head of Business Analytics at Lonza PharmaBiotech, to join us to talk about the processes, methods, training, and tools he is deploying to help manage the data generated by the global firm’s different business systems and software platforms so that business decisions are made upon accurate information and insights.

 

 


 

Innovations in Wireless Connectivity

Speakers:

Steve Perlberg
Manager of Machine-to-Machine Partner Program - Verizon Wireless New England

Nick Kirsch
Director - UNH Connectivity Research Center

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
Location: Alpha Loft, 9 Madbury Road, 4th Floor  
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

October's Catalyst Seminar was A Conversation About...Innovations in Wireless Connectivity. For this year's theme, we are inviting NH businesses to come and share the innovations, challenges, and pressing issues from within their industry in a conversation with UNH faculty researching in that field. In October, we asked Steve Perlberg from Verizon Wireless to talk about the next generation of wireless connectivity advancements being developed at the Verizon Innovation Center in Boston.

We also invited Dr. Nick Kirsch, director of the UNH Connectivity Research Center (CRC), to join in the conversation. He provided a researcher's perspective and shared a little bit about the CRC's initiatives related to wireless connectivity and the Internet of Things.

Bringing these thought leaders together for a candid discussion fostered a conversation that highlighted the technical challenges and solutions in both industry and academia and uncovered new opportunities for innovation.


 

IP and Innovation

Speakers:

Eileen Lillis
Supervisory Patent Reexamination Specialist, USPTO

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Location: Alpha Loft, 9 Madbury Road, 4th Floor  
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

To kick off our series, we began with a broader discussion as we welcomed an official from the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) to share her thoughts on and experience with intellectual property and innovation.

 

 


 

Funding Your Innovation

Series

Innovating in NH - Innovation Assistance

Speakers: Tom “TK” Kuegler, Co-founder and General Partner, Wasabi Ventures
Cory von Wallenstein, CEO, Adored
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Location: Alpha Loft, 9 Madbury Road, 4th Floor  
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

 Finding a way to fund your innovation can be a real challenge. For this seminar, we invited Tom "TK" Kuegler, Co-Founder and General Partner of Wasabi Ventures to share his expertise and advice for entrepreneurs who are thinking about different funding options and discuss what entrepreneurs should consider and prepare before approaching a venture capital firm. We also be heard from Cory von Wallenstein, CEO of Adored, a customer-centric mobile app start-up. Cory shared his start-up experiences and funding journey as well as his advice and tips for fellow entrepreneurs.

 

 


 

The State of Innovation in NH

Series

Innovating in NH - Innovation Assistance

Speakers:

Liz Gray, Director of Entrepreneurship for the NH Business Finance Authority and the Live Free and Start Initiative
Allison Grappone, Founder & CEO of NEARBY

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Location: Alpha Loft, 9 Madbury Road, 4th Floor  
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

For many years, innovation and start-up activity in New Hampshire have been under the radar. Now, with increased support from the highest levels of state government, the state's entrepreneurial ecosystem is finally in the spotlight.

in this seminar, we discuss the state's initiatives to address concerns raised by NH’s high-tech business and entrepreneurial communities, and market NH as a place where start-ups can grow and thrive. Our speaker Liz Gray, is the director of entrepreneurship for the NH Business Finance Authority, and the state's Live Free and Start initiative. Live Free and Start is a joint initiative between the Governor’s Office, Business Finance Authority and Department of Resources and Economic Development aimed at creating jobs and making it easier for technology companies to start, grow, and succeed in New Hampshire. Liz is joined by Allison Grappone, who is the Founder and CEO of NEARBY, a successful NH start-up. Allison shares her firsthand experiences and advice for growing a business in NH, as well as her perspective on the state of innovation in NH as a start-up business founder.

 

 


 

Negotiation Strategies

Series

Innovating in NH - Innovation Assistance

Speakers: Marc Sedam, Managing Director of UNHInnovation
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Location: Alpha Loft, 9 Madbury Road, 4th Floor  
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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For many entrepreneurs and business owners, the act of negotiation can be uncomfortable, but the ability to negotiate effectively in a wide range of business contexts, including licensing agreements, deal-making, employment discussions, contracts, and handling disputes is an integral part of any business or start-up. Our speaker, Marc Sedam, is the Managing Director of UNHInnovation and has an extensive background in intellectual asset management, licensing, and start-up formation. In this seminar, he shares the key negotiating skills and strategies he has learned throughout his career. These tactics will help you come to the table prepared to get the best deal possible and avoid common negotiation pitfalls.

 

 


 

Developing Your Workforce

Series Innovating in NH - Innovation Assistance
Speakers:

Mike Alberts, Director of Global Organizational Development, New England Wire Technologies

Michael Power, Community Outreach Administrator, Office of Workforce Opportunity (NH Department of Resources and Economic Development)

Moderator Raina Sarvaiya, Employer Relations, UNH Career Center
Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Location: Alpha Loft, 9 Madbury Road, 4th Floor  
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Mike Alberts is the Director of Global Organizational Development for the Lisbon, NH-based company New England Wire Technologies; he has worked for them for almost 20 years.

In this seminar, Mike outlines the important considerations for businesses planning their workforce development strategies. He shares his extensive knowledge of available state resources for workforce development, as well as his experience partnering with colleges and universities to develop custom professional and executive development training, and implementing successful student internship programs.

Mike is an active participant in the movement to keep NH workers in the state. He is currently a member of four local and NH state boards, including two governor-appointed positions with the State Workforce Development Board and the NH Job Training Fund, as well as an active Board member for Grafton County Economic Development (GCEDC) and North Country School to Work advisory.

Mike is joined by Michael Power, Community Outreach Administrator for the Office of Workforce Opportunity (OWO) (NH Department of Resources and Economic Development) who adds his own expertise on the subject of state workforce development resources.

 

 


 

Innovative UNH Alumni

Series Innovating in NH - Innovation Assistance
Speaker: Joe McEachern, Founder of QA Cafe
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Location: Alpha Loft, 9 Madbury Road, 4th Floor  
Time:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Joe McEachern is a UNH alumnus with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's Degree in Computer Science. During his master's program, Joe was employed at the UNH InterOperability Lab where he developed his skills and interest in testing and networking technologies. After graduating and working in the booming tech industry of the '90s, he founded QA Cafe in 2001 and the company has been growing ever since.

In this seminar, Joe shares his experiences with starting and growing a small business in New Hampshire, developing new innovations and products, overcoming challenges, and details how he used his background and connections at UNH and the IOL to build the foundation for QA Cafe's success.

 


 

Innovative Partnerships

Series Innovating in NH - Innovation Assistance
Speaker: Chris Dundorf, Founder and President of 2KR Systems
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Location: Alpha Loft, 9 Madbury Road, 4th Floor  
Time:

4:30PM - 5:30PM

Companies often need to innovate in order to expand and grow, but finding the resources to innovate can be a challenge. Hiring additional personnel, outsourcing, or using work-for-hire services may allow the company to retain significant ownership over intellectual property, but the cost of these avenues can be prohibitive.

Pursuing an innovative partnership, whether with another industrial partner or with an entity such as a university, could be a good alternative. Chris Dundorf, Founder and President of 2KR Systems, Chris shares his experiences with starting a company in New Hampshire and the benefits and tradeoffs of using strategic partnerships to fund and advance innovations in 2KR's product offerings. The seminar is moderated by Scott Valcourt, the Director of Strategic Technology for UNH IT.

 

 


 

From Concept to Commercialization

Series Innovating in NH - Innovation Assistance
Speaker: Yvon Durant, Ph.D., MBA
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Location: Alpha Loft, 9 Madbury Road, 4th Floor  
Time:

4:30PM - 5:30PM

In just a few short years, Itaconix has grown from an innovative idea into a successful, expanding start-up. Yvon Durant, Co-Founder and CTO, explains how he successfully navigated an innovation in polymer production from initial concept to commercialization. His story describes critical steps along the way, including:

  • The origins of his innovation and how it became the key technology in a successful start-up.
  • Critical resources.
  • Establishing strategic partnerships.
  • Using research grants to develop new technology.
  • Lessons learned for businesses and individuals interested in innovating or starting a business in New Hampshire.

 

 


 

HR Issues for Your Start-up

Series Lean Start-Up Business Tactics
Speaker: Andrea G. Chatfield, Esq., Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, pllc
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Location: abiHUB, 9 Madbury Road, 4th Floor  
Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM

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Inevitably, you will need the services and/or skill sets of other people to get your business running.  When you begin to add people to your lean start-up, the initial question will be whether or not each person will be an employee or independent contractor.  This seminar will help you understand the pros and cons of each type of relationship, and the legal risks in one vs. the other. 

If you hire even one employee, there are HR legal compliance issues you will need to address.  This seminar will also discuss the HR issues that are most important as you begin to add employees, such as:

  • Your obligations under wage laws and employment verification laws
  • Approaching incentive compensation
  • Protecting your confidential information and trade secrets

 

 


 

Start-up Infrastructure on a Budget

Series Lean Start-Up Business Tactics
Speaker: Marc Sedam, Executive Director of UNHInnovation
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Location: abiHUB, 9 Madbury Road, 4th Floor  
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

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Everyone talks about starting a company. Some focus on the idea, others focus on finding customers, and still others on how the world will change when their idea hits the market. But what happens when you start operating your company and need to do everything but don’t have the money?  March's Seminar was given by our own Marc Sedam, Executive Director of UNHInnovation and former biotech start-up COO. Marc reviewed his most popular and practical tips for keeping costs low without negatively affecting productivity.

 

 


 

Who Owns Your Company?

Series Lean Start-Up Business Tactics
Speaker: Keith McGreggor, Director of Georgia Tech's VentureLab
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Location: abiHUB, 9 Madbury Road, 4th Floor  
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

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Are you a founder? Do you know how much of your startup you own? What are the ways founders divide up equity? How much ownership do investors usually take? In this seminar we will explore these topics, including tips on bootstrapping, fundraising, and the like, all from the point of view of an evidence-based entrepreneur.

 

 


 

Marketing To Your Defined Market

Series Lean Start-Up Business Tactics
Speaker: Catherine Blake, President, Sales Protocol International and Executive Director, Center for Sales Excellence, Paul College, UNH
Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Location: NH-ICC, 4th Floor  
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

The key to a successful business does not depend on the size of your marketing budget. The Lean Startup model relies on interacting with potential customers early and often so you can incorporate feedback during the product development process. Marketing is good. Finding the right market to serve with quality marketing is better.

 

 


 

Finding Your Customer (Consumer Development)

Series Lean Start-Up Business Tactics
Speaker: Jamie Coughlin, Director, New Venture Incubator Programs at Dartmouth College
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Location: NH-ICC, 4th Floor  
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Customer development begins with creating a clear roadmap to discover who your customers are and validating that those people are willing to buy into a product that meets their needs. You can then use that knowledge to create a solid product or service demand and build the infrastructure, relationships, services and processes necessary to grow into a world class company.  This seminar helps entrepreneurs understand and implement the key principles of customer development in their business.

 

 


 

Identifying Your Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Series

Lean Start-Up Business Tactics

Speakers:

Josh Cyr, founder of AlphaLoft
Doug Henderson, founder of FrostHub

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Location: NH-ICC, 4th floor  
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

The minimum viable product (MVP) is that version of a product which allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validating insight about customers' needs with the least amount of product building—in other words, it's the least developed product that customers are willing to pay for. It's one of the most important principles of a lean start-up.

 

 


 

Drug Discovery

Speaker: Sanjeev Thohan from Novartis Institutes
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Location: Elliott Alumni Center - 1925 Room  
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

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Join us for a special visit from Sanjeev Thohan, Senior Research Fellow in Preclinical Sciences/Translational Sciences at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in Cambridge, MA. 

 


 

Mobile App Development

Speakers:

UNH Mobile App Development Team

Ryan Zarick, CEO of Coder Den

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Location: Elliott Alumni Center - 1925 Room  
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

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Agricultural Biotechnology

Speaker: Joe Emling of Ingredion Incorporated
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Location: Elliott Alumni Center - 1925 Room  
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

In a special visit to the UNH campus, Joe Emling, Director, Specialty Agriculture & Science, Ingredion Incorporated (Indianapolis, IN), will speak on "Successful Commercialization of Agricultural Innovation: Opportunities and Challenges in the Global Food Economy."  

From the first domestication of crops and livestock to today's use of modern biotechnology, agricultural innovation has impacted human health, environmental quality, and economic prosperity. In our globalized economy, advances are influenced by consumer attitudes, government regulation, investor expectations, sustainability, and other factors. The successful innovator balances these influences to create lasting value from breakthrough advances in agricultural technologies and processes. 

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Materials Science

Speaker: Brian Coffenberry of Albany Engineered Composites
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Location: Elliott Alumni Center - 1925 Room  
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

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Continuing our seminar series theme, "Innovations in...", will be Brian Coffenberry, SVP of Strategic Planning & Business Development for Albany Engineered Composites, to speak on Innovations in Materials Science. Brian will speak about how Albany Engineered Composites brings their products to market, the challenges and successes the company has faced as they've grown, the current focus of Albany Engineered Composites as they look to the future of materials science, and the most pressing market needs for innovative solutions in materials science.

 


 

Medical Devices

Speaker: Suzanne Foster of Medtronic Advanced Energy
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Location: Elliott Alumni Center - 1925 Room  
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Suzanne Foster, Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Energy Division at Medtronic Advanced Energy, kicked off our seminar series with a presentation on Innovations in Medical Devices.