Speaker Series

Start-up Entrepreneur Speaker Series. Formal presentations by one or more experts. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and discuss the subject matter. Open to all, including faculty, researchers, and alumni. 

Keynote Address of i2 Passport with Jeff Hoffman

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | MUB Theater I


2,000 Visa Stamp Credits for i2 Passport

The i2 Passport Program encourages UNH Durham undergraduate degree-seeking students—from all colleges—to engage in various events and activities surrounding ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurship on campus and reward them with the chance to win prizes totaling $18,500 to help pay off student loans. This includes a FirstGen category (specific for students who are the first in their family to attend college and now at UNH).

UNH welcomes Jeff Hoffman back to campus for a keynote speaking event for the i2 Passport Program. FREE i2 PASSPORT T-SHIRT FOR EACH ATTENDEE!

Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, published author, Hollywood film producer, and a producer of a Grammy winning jazz album in 2015. In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including Priceline.com. uBid.com, CTI, ColorJar, and more.

In 2015 Jeff received a Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship.

The day will also feature opening comments by Jan Nisbet (Senior Vice Provost for Research) and Ian Grant (ECenter Director). Doors open at 6:00pm and the event will start at 6:30pm. We hope you can make it!

First Generation Students Who Became Entrepreneurs - Sponsored by the Wildcatalysts Network 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | MUB Theater I

*2,000 Visa Stamp Credits for i2 Passport

Our panelists will share their stories including:

  • How and if being a FirstGen student helped their success as an entrepreneur
  • How they learned from their struggles to improve and to grow their business
  • What they did during college to be as prepared and confident to take an idea forward to become a business and what they wished that had done in college to be even more prepared
  • What lessons they learned along the way to help others who want to start their own “thing”—whether FirstGen student or not


Bri Leclerc graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she studied Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies with a minor in English. While at UNH she worked on a handful of start-up projects. These projects include: starting UNH's first fiction journal, helping to start the Rines Angel Fund, and winning first place in last year's Holloway Innovation-to-Market competition. Now, she works in Boston at Crimson Hexagon, a social media analytics company. She and a few colleagues have just founded a consumer tech company, Bishop Visual. In her spare time she is working on her debut novel.

Patrick Marshall is the Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer for Stratacuity.  Stratacuity is recognized as Boston’s biopharmaceutical staffing and recruitment firm of choice.  Since 2001, Stratacuity has placed over 2,000 people into biopharmaceutical jobs within four market verticals; discovery | technical operations | regulatory affairs | clinical operations.  With a year over year growth rate of over 30% Stratacuity presently employees a talented team of 24 (and growing…hint, hint, they're hiring and they love UNH grads) in their Portsmouth, NH headquarters with the ambition to grow to 30M in sales by 2020. 

Eman Pahlavani is 30-year-old serial entrepreneur based out of Washington DC. Currently he is the founder and COO of HUNGRY, a fast-growing food-tech platform that connects consumers directly with the top local chefs. He founded HUNGRY in 2016 with his brother and co-founder Shy Pahlevani. Prior to Hungry, Eman co-founded LiveSafe, a mobile safety platform designed to help prevent and mitigate incidents of violence and crime. LiveSafe is currently is being leveraged by universities, stadiums, and corporations across the globe. Eman received his JD from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2012 and prior to that, he graduated from George Mason University in 09. 


Marc Sedam, a FirstGen student who became an entrepreneur, is the Managing Director of UNHInnovation and Associate Vice Provost of Innovation and New Ventures. Marc has an extensive background in intellectual asset management, licensing, and start-up formation. In addition to his position with UNH, he is the founding director of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center, and he serves as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center, New Hampshire’s only translational research funding program. Prior to UNH, Marc served as Chief Operating Officer of Qualyst, Inc., the global leader in the study of pharmaceutically relevant drug transport interactions and was responsible for all company management and P&L. Marc was the Associate Director for Life Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s technology transfer office, helping make UNC one of the top US university in start-up formation in 2001.

Marc has a B.S. in biochemistry from The University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a focus on entrepreneurship and new ventures. He teaches start-up formation using the lean startup model, and intellectual asset management at the Paul College of Business and the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Additionally, he is a well-known lecturer on the topics of university innovation and start-up formation.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.1548011

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.