Bootcamps

Hands-on bootcamps are geared towards critical entrepreneurial aspects. Facilitators are both internal and external to UNH. Open to UNH students only. 


Idea Creation Bootcamps - Sponsored by Bottomline Technologies

September 30, 2019 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Training Room at UNHI ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101  

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Speaker Bio:

Alexandra Suarez, Innovation, HumanCentric Research & Insights, Facilitator and Trainer

        

Alexandra Suarez graduated Cornell University and pursued an MBA in Consumer Behavior from ESADE University in Barcelona.  She lived in NY, Spain and South Africa and traveled to over 45 countries before moving back to Puerto Rico to work in Consumer Research and Strategic Account Planning.     In these fields, Alexandra used her creative multicultural background to bring the unconventional thinking, leadership and creativity that are always at the core of successful brands.  She noticed how human centric design and deep understanding lead to innovative thinking and relevant strategies and has been teaching core Creativity courses as a Leader at the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) since 2013.    Alexandra has spent most of her career questioning irregularities, challenging people and stimulating the kind of action that allows businesses to grow in the Creative/Innovation Era.  She is truly passionate and approaches every project with the desire to change the world. 

Alexandra is currently a Creative Education Foundation Board member a Non-profit  dedicated to providing programming and resources to empower people with the skill set, tool set, and mindset of deliberate creativity through Creative Problem Solving. From revitalizing healthcare processes and developing new products or services to revamping apps and school systems, Alexandra passionately woks to develop innovation, grow companies, instill more collaboration and bring about results that matter. Alexandra is a Creative, Strategy and Innovation Consultant/Facilitator certified on CPS, Design Thinking and Synectics Innovation Process who has been mentoring, advocating and teaching Creativity courses since 2015.   When not working, she spends most of her time educating others (from teachers to her own two kids) on the power of growth and creative mindsets. 

 

October 8, 2019 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Training Room at UNHI ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Suite 101  

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Speaker Bio:

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

        

Marc Sedam, Associate Vice Provost for Innovation and New Ventures and Managing Director of UNHInnovation, joined UNH in November 2010. Sedam has an extensive background in intellectual asset management, licensing, and start-up formation. In addition to his position with UNH, he was the founding director of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center and serves as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center, New Hampshire’s only translational research funding program. Marc is currently the PI of UNH’s National Science Foundation I-Corps Site and is a sitting member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Board of Directors.

Sedam is very active in New Hampshire building the innovation ecosystem. UNH was awarded the “Campus Culture and Policy Award” from VentureWell in recognition for rapid scaling and success of the university’s entrepreneurial efforts. In addition, UNH has been the largest financial supporter of the NH startup community since 2010, investing over $1.5MM. Sedam served on the Board of Directors of NHICC/AlphaLoft from 2011-2016 and as Vice-Chair of the Board of Alpha Loft between 2014-2015. He has been a member of the NH Governor’s “Live Free and Start” advisory council, an initiative designed to help high tech companies succeed in New Hampshire, since its inception in 2014 and also serves as an advisor to the boards of two non-profits founded at UNH: Operation Hat Trick and PLAN (Post-Landfill Action Network). Sedam also served on the AUTM Board of Directors between 2015-2016 as the Vice President for Professional Development, a role responsible for AUTM’s education and training activities.

Prior to UNH, Sedam was the Chief Operating Officer of Qualyst, Inc., the global leader in the study of pharmaceutically relevant drug transport interactions (acquired in 2017 by BioreclamationIVT). Sedam also served as 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’s work at National Starch and Chemical Company as a food enzymologist, and was an inventor on a patented product with peak sales exceeding $50MM/year; this product won the “2003 Product of the Year” from the Institute for Food Technology. Sedam 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. Additionally, he is a well-known lecturer on the topics of university innovation and start-up formation.Associate Vice Provost for Innovation and New Ventures and Managing Director of UNHInnovation, joined UNH in November 2010. Sedam has an extensive background in intellectual asset management, licensing, and start-up formation. In addition to his position with UNH, he was the founding director of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center and serves as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center, New Hampshire’s only translational research funding program. Marc is currently the PI of UNH’s National Science Foundation I-Corps Site and is the incoming President AUTM.

Pitching Bootcamp - Sponsored by Bottomline Technologies

Co-hosted by the UNH Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club)

November 4, 2019 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | MUB Theater I 

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