Speaker Series



The ECenter's Start-Up Speaker Series connects you with proven entrepreneurs who share real stories about their challenges and victories on the path to success.


Sponsored by Lake Street Advisors


Top Reasons to Participate:

ECenter Start-Up Speaker Series

  •   Hear from diverse innovators who show what's possible
  •   Speakers are often UNH alums and know what you can achieve
  •   Rotating speakers means there's always a new story to inspire you
  •  Get fired up about what you can do with your own idea or start-up

Spring 2024 Events

Founder's Story with Kedar Gupta 

March 5, 2024

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us at the UNH Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) for an inspiring Founder's Story Event! This in-person gathering is a unique opportunity to hear from founder Kedar Gupta who managed to carve out his destiny and manifest his dreams to reality. Participate in this event and witness an industry leading entrepreneur share his valuable insights for aspiring founders. Learn from a founder who helped build solar in NH and had an IPO for over $2B. Every attendee gets a copy of his book! Dinner will be served. 


Joshua Cyr '96, Interm Director of Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center

Over the last few decades, Joshua has devoted himself to the intersection of entrepreneurship, mentorship, startups, and emerging tech. A considerable amount time in the last many years has been focused on early stage startups, crypto, and more recently web3.

Previously Joshua created and ran a startup accelerator for a non-profit (NH Tech Alliance / Alpha Loft) in New Hampshire, helping hundreds of startup founders over the past decade. Joshua created and ran all of the educational programming, helped founders dig into their business fundamentals, polish their fundraising pitches and provide introductions. Millions of dollars has been invested in startups throughout through engagments between startup founders and Joshua's programs and mentorship. Joshua also facilitated hundreds of events alongside the talented teams he worked with. Before that Joshua has been a CTO & software developer, co-founding a company that created commercial content management software used by Fortune 500 companies, universities, banks, municipalities, and small businesses.

Beyond day jobs Joshua have been a former City Councilor for the City of Portsmouth, President of his kids' local elementary Parent Teacher Organization, a previous member of the Portsmouth Economic Development Commission, Recreation Board, Joint Budget Committee, and has been a board member for a number of area non-profits.




Spring 2023 event videos

Alumni Panel" A Taste of Entrepreneurship"

Spring 2023 Start-up Speaker Series with Eric Shultz


125 lbs of burritos

Total CHIPOTLE consumption by hungry Speaker Series participants SINCE Spring 2020!


"Listening to these entrepreneurs felt like being engaged in a conversation and they encouraged others to reach for their passions. It was so valuable to learn about their journeys starting from the beginning [...] almost like you're reading a book.“

Participant, Fall 2022 Speaker Series


BIPOC Idea Workshop Session 2 - September 16, 2020
BIPOC Idea Workshop Session 1 - September 15, 2020
Squeezing, Recruiting, and Mystery Shopping with Tyler Goodwin '12 (Intel 360) and Alex Vandermark (The Juicery)