UNHInnovation: A Busy Start to 2014!

UNHInnovation: A Busy Start to 2014!

Feb 06, 2014

It’s been a cold and snowy 2014 so far, students have returned for the spring semester, and UNHInnovation (UNHI) is excited about its line-up of activities over the next few months.

We are continuing our monthly Innovation Catalyst Seminar series, held the fourth Thursday of each month. This year’s theme is “Lean Start-up Business Tactics”, based on a method for developing businesses and products first proposed in 2011 by Eric Ries. In the fall, we listened to experts discuss “Identifying Your Minimal Viable Product” and “Finding Your Customer/Customer Development”. Our spring semester kicked off with a presentation by local expert Catherine Blake of Sales Protocol International on “Marketing to Your Defined Company”.  All seminars are free and open to the public. The seminars are held at the NH Innovation Commercialization Center, 9 Madbury Road (Durham) and begin at 4P, with a networking period afterwards. Seminar topics for the 2014 spring semester include:


Who Owns Your Company?


Start-up Infrastructure on a Budget


HR Issues to be Aware of as a Start-up

On February 7, 2014, the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center (NHIRC) will be announcing its next solicitation for proposals for partnership projects between New Hampshire companies and academic institutions.  The NHIRC’s mission is to foster innovation in companies so they may be more competitive by developing new products or processes. Applications are particularly encouraged in the following areas: Biomedical/Biotechnology, excluding clinical trials; Engineering; Information Technology; Life Science; Materials Science; Manufacturing. In addition, the NHIRC and NH Small Business Development Center are partnering to sponsor a series of SBIR/STTR workshops through NH Inspires Innovation. These workshops are an invaluable resource where small businesses and researchers can learn how to write a commercialization plan or a proposal based on a specific federal agency’s technological interest.  More general overviews are offered through SBIR/STTR 101 and Agency Differences sessions to learn the nuances of each agency’s requirements. A schedule of workshops and additional information can be found at: http://www.nhsbdc.org/nh-inspires-innovation.

Tristan Carrier, UNHI Licensing Manager, will continue to host pizza lunches for graduate students in the departments of CEPS as a way to introduce our office, some of the basics of intellectual property, and when a researcher should contact our office.

Finally, we will soon be interviewing interns to join our office for the June 2014-May 2015 internship program. As in years past, our goal is to hire 1-2 students from UNH School of Law who have completed their 1L year. This year, we would also like to bring on board a graduate student from UNH who is interested in learning more about intellectual property and technology transfer.

And throughout, we continue to meet with our faculty, staff, and student innovators to learn about their research, evaluate intellectual property protection options, and pursue opportunities to commercialize these innovations so that others can benefit from the incredible work conducted at UNH!

If you have any questions about these activities or would like additional information, please contact me at maria.emanuel@unh.edu.


Photo Credit: Jan Fucile Swartz

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