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.


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



Lessons Earned by a Serial Entrepreneur


March 28, 2022

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for what will be a long talked about speaker event at UNH and hear from Bill Siebel, the author of “Press Go! Lessons Earned by a Serial Entrepreneur”, and learn what it’s like to launch a startup and his secrets for success. This inspiring conversation on the importance “impacting the business” will not only reveal the secrets and hard earned lessons of a highly scessfull serial entrepreneur, but also offer the practical advice that helped him be successful.

Attendees will learn and benefit from Bill's hard earned entrepreneurial lessons. But what does Bill know about business?

Well, Bill has been CEO of 9 startups and an operating executive of another 4. In a world where 99% of new companies fail in the within the first 3 years, where only 1% of startups receive VC funding, and where only 8% of those generate good returns for both investors and management – Bill has achieved 10 successful exits.  Speed up your own entrepreneurial journey and learn from this seasoned entrepreneur!

FREE book to first 40 attendees. FREE dinner & drinks. Raffle and Door Prizes!

Register HERE

Meet Our Speaker

Bill Seibel, Bestselling Author and CEO, Gumball

Bill is the best-selling author of ‘Press Go – Lessons Earned by a Serial Entrepreneur’ and CEO of Gumball, a consulting firm that has helped more than 40 CEOs scale their companies rapidly. He has been CEO of 9 startups and an operating executive of another 4. In a world where 99% of new companies fail in the within the first 3 years, where only 1% of startups receive VC funding, and where only 8% of those generate good returns for both investors and management – Bill has achieved 10 successful exits.

Seibel has served on 14 boards (6 as an operating executive) and 9 advisory boards – and is a founding member of the New England Chapter of the Private Director’s Association (PDA). He has also served on 12 nonprofit boards. He has been recognized as Tech Luminary, Technology CEO of the Year, Penn State Outstanding Alumni, Bishop Canevin Ring of Honor, CEO/Founder of New England’s Top Small Business and a finalist for New England’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

Seibel received a bachelor's in engineering from Penn State University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He also completed Harvard University's MISR program. 



Two Wildcats and Their Unusual Journey to Start-Up Success


April 14, 2022

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Please join us for a personal inside look at the very different journeys two VERY successful UNH alumni took in their entrepreneurial and start-up success after graduation. You will learn there is no one path to take to be a successful entrepreneur. Hear from UNH alumni, Nancy Splaine ’81 (COLA), Founder Connecting Point and Tito Jackson, ’99 (COLA), Founder/CEO Verdant Medical, as they share their personal stories from UNH to entrepreneurial success…

... and the winding road their paths took to get there.

This is a “Must-Attend” session for anyone who is curious to see what is possible with just an idea!

FREE food and drinks! Raffle and doors prizes!

Register TODAY!


Meet our speakers

Tito Jackson '99, Founder & CEO, Verdant Medical

Tito Jackson is the chief executive of Verdant Medical, a Massachusetts medical and recreational cannabis company.  Verdant Medical is  a vertically integrated cannabis company that cultivates, manufactures and retails medical and adult use cannabis.  Verdant is the only Black owned medical operator in MA.

Tito is perhaps best known as the former Boston District 7 city councilor. He also spent more than 10 years as a sales and marketing professional, during which he won numerous awards and honors. Through that experience, he developed extensive knowledge of the healthcare, technology, and government sectors. In 2007, he became the industry director for information technology in Governor Patrick Deval’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Later, he became the political director of Governor Deval’s successful reelection campaign in 2010.

Tito graduated with a degree in history (UNH '99) and is a civically engaged within his community.


Nancy Splaine '81, Founder, Connecting Point

Nancy Splaine launched Connecting Point in 2004 over her garage with a business partner and one investor. The idea was to create a lifestyle business that would produce an Event to bring together senior level executives interested in finding innovation, to connect with the management team of Suppliers to build relationships and hopefully business together.  Our vision was to have one Event.  One became two – and last year when I retired, there were twelve Events a year. She sold the Company in 2016 to a private equity group, that sold the business again in 2017 to EmeraldX.

Today, she consults for EmeraldX, working for their Xcelerator team on new business launches.

Nancy earned her BS in Communications and a Minor in Business (UNH '81). She lives in Rye with my husband and have two girls and a yellow lab.


Sponsored by Lake Street Advisors


April 25, 2022

4:00 - 5:00 PM


With Joel Carstens, Director - UNH Financial Aid

Joel Carstens

Join Joel Carstens, UNH Director of Financial Aid, to plan a healthy financial future!

This ECenter staple program will help you learn valuable information about making wise loan choices, credit and its impact on your future, and the pros and cons to loan repayment. Additionally, this event will offer you the opportunities to not only reduce the total interest paid over the life of loan repayment, but present options to keep repayment affordable. Do you wonder how loan repayment works? Joel will expertly take us on the tuition repayment journey and offer practical advice on repayment strategies, what to do if you have trouble repaying your loans, and how to evaluate debt consolidation options.

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Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 event videos

Two Wildcats and Their Unusual Journeys to Start-Up Success

Lessons Earned by a Serial Entrepreneur - Bill Seibel

Workshop: Building Company Culture with Tim Collins '85

Shaw Innovation Explorers An Evening With Brian Skerry October 18, 2021

Innovation Speaker Series: Two Beats Ahead November 18, 2021


125 lbs of burritos

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


I found it so interesting to hear the speaker's such unique perspective on entrepreneurship and collaboration. The wisdom he shared made me completely rethink their importance.

Participant, Fall 2021 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)