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Innovation Catalyst Seminar: Innovations in...Lean Startups


Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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UNH's Office for Research Partnerships & Commercialization presents:

Innovations in...Lean Startups


Thursday, April 18th  

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Elliott Alumni Center - The 1925 Room


Speaker: Marc Sedam, Executive Director, Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization (ORPC) and the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center (NHIRC)



What will you learn?

The concept of the "Lean Startup" has taken the world by storm and is used across the country by tens of thousands of innovators looking to improve the odds that their company can be successful. The Lean methodology is highly applicable to ideas in the high technology, web, app, and university technology fields. This session will go over the basics of the Lean Startup concept and how it’s being applied on and off campus to create better companies, faster. You will learn the principles of customer development and their application towards creating a Minimum Viable Product.


Who should attend?

  • Anyone thinking about starting a company
  • Students, faculty, and staff
  • Seasoned business leaders who would like to meet the next generation of business leaders
  • The entire NH community interested in supporting, promoting, and encouraging new companies to start and stay in NH


UNH students interested in starting companies are specifically invited to attend and learn how to get class credit while starting a company via MGT798 in Fall 2013.


The seminar will be followed by beer and networking from 5:00-7:00pm in the same room. Attendees must be 21+ to partake.


The official Twitter hashtag for this event is #orpccatalyst.



About our Presenter:

Marc Sedam has an extensive background in intellectual asset management, licensing, and start-up formation. He currently serves as the head of the University of New Hampshire’s technology transfer office and concurrently 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 the Chief Operating Officer of Qualyst, Inc., the global leader in the study of pharmaceutically relevant drug transporter 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 the top US university in start-up formation in 2001. He also worked for National Starch and Chemical Company as a food enzymologist where sales from a patented product he created exceed $50m/year, and won the “2003 Product of the Year” from the Institute for Food Technology.

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 is a well-known lecturer on the topics of university innovation and start-up formation and teaches innovation management in the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics.  



ORPC seminars are located in the Elliott Alumni Center on the corner of Edgewood Road (off of Main Street) and Strafford Avenue in Durham.

Campus visitors are encouraged to park in Lot H for $1/hour; parking is free after 6pm. Metered parking is also available along Strafford Avenue.

New Parking for ORPC Catalyst Seminars







The Innovation Catalyst Seminar Series, hosted monthly, discusses relevant issues related to commercializing UNH’s innovations, including current and emerging best practices on campus.

The seminars are open to all and designed to be a meeting place for innovators, entrepreneurs, service providers, and anyone else interested in how the university innovations of today represent the information and opportunities of tomorrow.

Want to know the latest from the Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization? Follow Executive Director Marc Sedam on Twitter: @UNHinnovation


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Elliott Alumni Center
9 Edgewood Rd
Durham, NH 03824

Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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UNHInnovation advocates for, manages, and promotes UNH's intellectual property; promotes partnerships between UNH and the business community; and is responsible for licensing UNH technologies and creating start-up companies based on innovations created at UNH. UNHInnovation also hosts the InterOperability Laboratory and the NH Innovation Research Center.

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